Every 10 years, Brown undergoes a process of reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six geographically based non-governmental, non-profit organizations recognized by the US Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of educational institutions and programs. Brown’s next accreditation review will occur in 2018, and requires extensive preparation. This site will capture the reaccreditation process.
Reaccreditation involves developing a comprehensive self-study in response to the Standards for Accreditation maintained by NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, submission of institutional data, and an external review and report by a committee of experts drawn from peer institutions. The work of developing a self-study with broad campus input will take place in 2016 and 2017.
At its core, the reaccreditation process focuses on the clarity of Brown’s institutional mission as a guide for its educational programs and on the adequacy of institutional resources and organization to support that mission. Brown’s self-study for the 2018 review will build on several years of intensive planning, agenda-setting, and organizational repositioning for the next decade and beyond. Over this period, Brown has generated:
- Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown (October 2013)
- Sexual Assault Task Force Report (April 2015)
- Deficit Reduction Working Group Report (April 2015)
- The Operational Plan for Building on Distinction (September 2015), informing the BrownTogether Comprehensive Campaign (officially launched in October 2015)
- Reformed Budget Process and Organization (September 2015)
- Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (December 2015)
These processes (as well as others) have addressed critical dimensions of mission, resources, and organization, and each engaged the broad campus community through some combination of direct representation of faculty, students, and staff on committees; consultation with relevant campus committees and advisory groups; and opportunities for open comment on draft plans. This work will help Brown focus its efforts on how the self-study and reaccreditation process can serve to advance the University’s strategic goals.