Western Connecticut State University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., the Board of Governors of Higher Education, State of Connecticut; the Connecticut State Department of Education; the American Chemical Society, the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education; the Council on Social Work Education (Baccalaureate level); the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs; and the National Association of Schools of Music.
The New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. is a nongovernmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process. An accredited school or college 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 and public disclosure are also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the New England Association 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 status of an institution's accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the school or college. Individuals may also contact the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1433, Tel: (617) 271-0022.