FAQs

How does the accreditation process work?
The process begins when the institution puts together a committee structure that will guide the writing of the self-study. In the self-study, the institution must describe how it meets the accreditation standards in accordance with the institutional mission, then appraise how well it meets the Standards, and finally project a plan for how it can maintain what it does well and as well as improve. 

 A draft of the self-study is made available for the campus community to review and comment upon. The final self-study is sent to a visiting team to see before it arrives on campus for a 3-day onsite review. The visiting team then writes a report that is sent both to the institution and CIHE. The latter will use the report to inform its conversations about the institution's accreditation status.
 
How honest should the self-study be?
NEASC directs its members to be as honest as possible in the self-study about what it does well and how it can improve. The writing of the self-study is an opportunity to collection information and perspective about the institution that can be used for the purpose of reflection. Thus, an honest self-study can more easily inform an institution's strategic planning process
 
How is the visiting team put together?
For our last re-accreditation, there were nine members on the visiting team that came to Trinity’s campus. The chair was the President of Middlebury College, while the other team members represent​ed a number of other institutions in New England. It is typical for a team to be composed of individuals who come from peer institutions and who can cover more than one of accreditation standards. In the spring of 2016, we will learn which individual will chair our new visiting team.​
 
Under what standards will Trinity write its 2017 self-study?
As of July 1, 2016, all institutions must use the Standards the were approved by CIHE in January 2016. Since these had not yet been finalized when we began our work, we used the older 2011 Standards to guide us during the 2014 - 2015 academic year. We then adjusted our work to reflect the newer standards​ after they were released.
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