2-Year Study: WestConn Praised, Earns Spring Re-Accreditation

WCSU STUDENTS "EMPOWERED BY THEIR SUCCESS"

(Danbury, CT - December 20, 2013)  HamletHub News Service --

Western Connecticut State University (WestConn) has received praise and reaffirmation of accreditation status by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) and their Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Official accreditation will occur in the Spring of 2014. 

NEASC has issued a lengthy report which was the culmination of a two-year review process, saying WCSU students are "enthusiastic about their experiences and clearly empowered by their success."

RESULTS: STRONG, STUDENT-CENTERED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Commenting on the accreditation, WCSU President James Schmotter said, "It is clear that the team came to understand and appreciate Western's values and accomplishments." He continued, "Regional accreditation is granted when an institution shows that it is committed to continuous improvement that results in high-quality, student-centered academic programs. I am very pleased that the university has received this feedback on our work from NEASC."

HIGH-QUALITY ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND ADMINISTRATION AT WCSU, SAYS REPORT

The team of educators who conducted the accreditation also cited Western's "high-quality academic programs that continue to improve," "strong support from external constituents" in the community and state, and expanded and enhanced facilities. It described the university's administration as "a cohesive, competent group with a strong sense of shared purpose in empowering students to succeed."

PRAISE FOR WESTCONN FACULTY, STAFF

The NEASC report also cited the committees conclusions that the university staff and faculty have great "passion for what they do" as well as great "commitment to their students" and "offer their community a great strength." The NEASC team was led by Jean MacCormack, the former chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and included faculty and administrators from universities throughout New England.

NEASC develops and applies standards to member universities and colleges, and assesses the educational effectiveness of those institutions. The organization will conduct a study midway through the 10-year accreditation to ensure the university is making progress on its goals.

For more information, call the Office of University Relations, (203) 837-8486.

 

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