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New England Commission of Higher Education

The Community College of Rhode Island is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of seven regional higher education accrediting bodies in the United States. NECHE is recognized by both the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a reliable authority on the educational quality provided by degree-granting institutions.  NECHE informs the federal government, our students, peers, and the public about the quality of our credit-bearing courses and programs.

NECHE, through its membership of more than 200 member colleges and universities, has established Nine Standards for Accreditation to ensure quality, innovation, and student success.

Every 10 years, CCRI is evaluated on how well it meets those standards. From March 4–6, a team of eight senior educators from other New England colleges have volunteered to visit CCRI, review the evidence of our quality, and make a recommendation to the Commission for our ongoing reaccreditation.

View the CCRI 2024 NECHE Self-Study - January 21, 2024


neche logoGraduation Rate Information Project Report Accepted In their Aug. 16 letter to President Hughes, NECHE informs CCRI of their acceptance of its submission of the Graduation Rate Information Project Report and confirmed interim (fifth-year) report scheduled for Spring, 2019.

teachingexcellenceCCRI Submits 2017 Follow-up Report to NECHE In Feb 2017, CCRI submitted its follow up report regarding progress on the assessment of student learning outcomes and continuous improvement efforts.

neche logo2014 Self-Study Accepted In their Dec. 2 letter to President Di Pasquale, NECHE informs CCRI of their acceptance of the 2014 Self-Study and requests follow up in the area of assessment of student learning outcomes to be submitted in spring 2017.

teachingexcellenceCCRI Submits 2014 Self-Study Institutions of higher learning achieve accreditation from CIHE by demonstrating they meet the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation and comply with its policies.