Merrimack College is proud to be a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, one of seven regional accrediting commissions in the United States.
Each of the regional commissions is recognized by the U.S. secretary of education and by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. Accreditation is a self-regulatory, peer review process based on rigorous standards. In the United States, accreditation is the primary process for assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions.
Merrimack and has been accredited by NEASC since 1953, and its accreditation by NEASC encompasses the entire institution. Every 10 years, NEASC member institutions undertake a comprehensive self-evaluation and an external peer review process for accreditation. Merrimack’s most recent comprehensive review took place in 2011, and its next comprehensive review will take place in 2021.
Merrimack College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
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:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
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.