Invitation for Public Comment
Keene State College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 18 to 21, 2020, by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC).
The New England Commission of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.
Keene State College has been accredited by the Commission since 1941 and was last reviewed in (date of last comprehensive evaluation). Its accreditation by the Commission encompasses the entire institution. For the past year and a half, Keene State College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate.
The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:
Public Comment on Keene State College
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups.Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Public Comments must be received by October 21, 2020. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.
2020 NECHE Self-Study Process
Self-Study Steering Committee
- Dr. Patrick Dolenc (Professor of Economics)
- Diana Duffy (Coordinator of Energy and Administrative Services)
- Kimberly Schmidl-Gagne (Program Manager)
- Dr. Melinda Treadwell (President)
- Dr. Ockle Johnson (Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs)
- George Smeaton (Director of Institutional Research and Assessment)
- Victoria Bergstrom (Student)
- Standard One, Mission and Purpose: Dr. Karen Stanish (Assistant Professor of Mathematics) and Kelly Ricaurte (Director of Strategic Communications)
- Standard Two, Evaluation and Planning: Dr. Donna Paley (Professor of Sustainable Product Design) and John Lorette (Information Support Technician)
- Standard Three, Organization and Governance: Dr. Saran Ghatak (Professor of Sociology) and James Carley (Associate Director for Facilities and Business)
- Standard Four, The Academic Program: Dr. Mark Long (Professor of English) and Dr. Michael Cullinane (Professor of Mathematics)
- Standard Five, Students: Dr. Darrell Hucks (Associate Professor of Education), Margaret Richmond (Director of Admissions) and Jessica Cloutier-Gagne (Coordinator of Community Services)
- Standard Six, Teaching, Scholarship and Service: Dr. Karrie Kalich (Dean of Sciences, Sustainability and Health) and Dr. William Stroup (Professor of English)
- Standard Seven, Institutional Resources: Dr. Susan LaPanne (Vice President for Finance and Administration) and Dr. Linda Hadden (Associate Professor of Management)
- Standard Eight, Educational Effectiveness: Dr. Celia Rabinowitz (Dean of the Library) and Dr. Tanya Sturtz (Associate Dean of Arts, Education, and Culture)
- Standard Nine, Integrity, Transparency and Public Disclosure: Dr. Jeff Halford (Associate Professor of Communication) and Kim Harkness (Executive Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs)
2020 Self-Study Description Draft
Please take a few minutes to read through our draft of the Self-Study and provide your thoughts, feedback and correction through the survey below
Self-Study Open Forum Schedule
- Thursday, May 21st, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne for the Zoom Link
- Friday, May 22nd, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Contact Kim Schmidl-Gagne for the Zoom Link
Steering Committee Meeting Schedule
- Friday, February 22nd, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N118
- Friday, March 29th, 2019 3:30 to 5 p.m., Rhodes N118
- Friday, April 26th, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N118
- Monday, May 20th, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N118
- Friday, September 6th, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, September 27th, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, October 18th, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, November 1st, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, November 15th, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, January 24th, 2020 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, February 14th, 2020 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, March 6th, 2020 3 to 4:30 p.m., Rhodes N210
- Friday, March 27th, 2020 3 to 4:30 p.m., Zoom
- Friday, April 10th, 2020 3 to 4:30 p.m., Zoom
- Friday, April 24th, 2020 3 to 4:30 p.m., Zoom
- Monday, May 18th, 2020 3 to 4:30 p.m., Zoom
From October 31st to November 3rd 2010, an accreditation team from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) visited Keene State to evaluate the College against eleven accreditation standards. The College’s last accreditation visit occurred in 2000. The Keene State College Self Study guided the team in this review.
In November of 2010 we received our Summary of Strengths, Weaknesses and Considerations.
In January 2011, the College received the Report of the Accreditation Review Team.
On May 4, 2011, Keene State College received notification of its continuing accreditation.
Each Spring Keene State College completes an Annual Report.
In January 2001, the College received the Report of the Accreditation Review Team.
On April 19, 2001, the NEASC Commission on Institutions of Higher Education considered the team report.
On May 31, 2001, Keene State College received notification of its continuing accreditation.
On September 15, 2003, Keene State College submitted a report to NEASC outlining its progress in the areas identified by Commission in its 10-year, comprehensive accreditation review in Fall 2000.
On August 15, 2005, the College submitted a 5-year report to NEASC, reporting on its progress in advising and general education, as well as assessment, adjunct faculty, diversity, and facilities. View the 5th Year Report.
On October 31, 2007, the College NEASC accepted a report by the College regarding the revised general education (ISP) program and confirmed a 10 year comprehensive review set for the Fall 2010.
October 31 - November 3, 2010, the Comprehensive Evaluation Site Visit took place.