Noting Strength of Academic Programs and Balance Sheet, NECHE Votes to Continue University in Accreditation

Jan. 20, 2022
The blue and white seal of Assumption University

Recognizing several impressive accomplishments of the last decade at Assumption, the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) voted to continue the University in accreditation, a critical designation for degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the region. The University’s next evaluation is scheduled for spring 2031. 

In approving to continue the University’s accreditation, the Commission noted it was “confident that, with its strong academic leadership and dedicated faculty and staff, Assumption University is well-positioned to continue to ‘form graduates known for critical intelligence, thoughtful citizenship, and compassionate service’ well into the future.”

“The University community should feel a sense of pride in achieving this designation that affirms the enduring value and relevancy of a Catholic liberal education that educates the whole person,” said University President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D. “This critical accreditation is indicative of the collective work of the community – faculty, staff, and students – especially amid the difficult circumstances of the pandemic. We are pleased that the accrediting body has recognized the academic and physical enhancements of the University as well as Assumption’s position of financial strength.”

Among several favorable recognitions, the Commission noted Assumption’s evolution into a comprehensive institution, the establishment of separate schools, and the recognition of this evolution by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when university status was approved. The Commission also noted that “the Assumption mission is ‘clearly articulated and activity propagated as is evident through the most recent strategic plan Ever Ancient, Ever New: Refounding Assumption and through the revision of the University’s core curriculum.” 

Significant facilities growth in the last ten years was also noted favorably by the Commission through the construction of the Tinsley Campus Ministry Center, the Tsotsis Family Academic Center, and the Catrambone Health Sciences Center. The Commission also noted the strength of the University’s financial status, particularly its 45 consecutive years of operating surpluses. 

The 18-month long process to achieve reaccreditation by NECHE required contributions from students, faculty, and staff, notably the development of the self-study and engagement with members of NECHE’s visiting team. These interactions with members of the Assumption community provided the Commission with a comprehensive review of the transformative work that takes place at Assumption each day.