Roger Williams University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association 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
NECHE (formerly NEASC)-accredited schools undergo periodic reviews of their programs in order to maintain their accreditation. Part of the re-accreditation is a Self-Study, with supporting documents, that examines every area of the institution. The self-study is used as a basis to determine the effectiveness of the school compared to national norms. NEASC recognizes that each institution is unique and is also careful to evaluate each institution in terms of its own self defined mission.
PDF files of the most recent NEASC (now NECHE) Self-Study can be found here:
- Letter to RWU from NEASC (now NECHE) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, regarding continued accreditation, May 30, 2017 (.pdf)
- NEASC (now NECHE) Standards for Accreditation - Effective Fall 2016
The PDF files listed may require the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to be downloaded and installed.
It is important to note that NECHE (formerly NEASC) does not expect an institution to be perfect or completely effective in all regards. It does expect an institution to be objective and clear sighted about its strengths and weaknesses and to have a clear plan to address its problems. Nor does it expect institutions to conform to one norm. It recognizes the value of each school's uniqueness and looks to the schools own self definition of mission and goals for guidance.