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.
In 2014, the Community College of Rhode Island was granted continued accreditation by NECHE in response to the college’s decennial self-study and site visit. A “continued accreditation” designation indicates that the college meets the commission’s Standards for Accreditation and complies with its policies, providing the public with assurances of institutional educational quality. Additionally, the Community College of Rhode Island submits NECHE Annual Reports and Interim Fifth-Year Reports between decennial self-studies, with the next self-study scheduled for 2024.
Specific inquiries pertaining to the accreditation status of the Community College of Rhode Island should be directed to the college’s administration. Inquiries may also be directed to:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
In addition to its institutional-level accreditation, several academic programs at the college have received specialized accreditations (listed below). Information pertaining to these specialized accreditations can be obtained directly from the agencies’ websites.