The University of Hartford’s accreditation has been continued by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). A letter notifying University President Walter Harrison of the continuation, received last week, praises the University for “unparalleled resurgence” over the past decade.
"We commend University of Hartford for the progress made since the last comprehensive evaluation and concur with the visiting team that, during this period, the institution experienced a 'renaissance without parallel in its history,'" says the letter signed by NEASC trustee Mary Jo Maydew, who chairs CIHE.
The letter continues “We share the judgment of the visiting team that the University is successfully accomplishing its mission as a ‘private university with a public purpose’ and is well-positioned to build upon the achievements of the past ten years.”
“It is quite unusual for a report from NEASC to include a phrase like 'renaissance without parallel in its history.' I am very proud of our University and all that we have accomplished together in the last decade," President Harrison said. "I’m pleased that the visiting team recognized our progress.”
All NEASC-accredited schools undergo a comprehensive review every 10 years; the University of Hartford’s review took place in 2011. As part of the review process, the University conducted an in-depth self-study and a NEASC visiting team spent three days on campus last October. The University was initially accredited in 1961 and has been continuously accredited since that time. The next comprehensive evaluation will take place in the fall of 2021.