The University of Maine at Farmington is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
Accreditation of an institution by NECHE indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
NECHE accreditation is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by NECHE should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact the New England Commission of Higher Education: 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803-4514; telephone: 781-425-7785.
The University of Maine at Farmington’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the sole nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation providers. Educator preparation providers seeking accreditation must pass rigorous peer review on five standards, which are based on two principles: 1. Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and 2. Solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.