Merrimack College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
781-425-7785 | email: email@example.com
In addition to institutional accreditation, a number of degree programs in specialized fields or disciplines have either received specialized accreditation from national professional organizations or have been granted approval by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Listed below are the programs that currently have specialized accreditation or state approval.
- Accrediting Agency: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- The undergraduate athletic training program at Merrimack College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The program is currently applying to CAATE for a change in level of degree.
Baccalaureate Programs in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Accrediting Agency: American Chemical Society
- The baccalaureate programs offered by the department of chemistry and biochemistry are approved by the American Chemical Society. This approval is based upon a regular review of a number of areas (including the curricula offered by the department, the faculty/staff in the department and the equipment available for use by faculty and students) by the ACS Committee on Professional Training. Approval ensures that students receive a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides students with the skills necessary to become successful scientific professionals.
- Approving Agency: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- The School of Education and Social Policy Teacher Education Programs offers multiple undergraduate and graduate programs that have been approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which participates in the Interstate Certification Compact of the National Association of State Directors of Teachers Education.
Accrediting Agency: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
- Criteria: Nursing
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Merrimack College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
Merrimack College has been granted Initial Approval status through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing for the operation of its Baccalaureate Degree Registered Nurse Program.