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Accrediting Bodies Demand Assessment

Many of our academic programs are accredited by an external, discipline-based organization such as the National Association of Schools of Music or the American Psychological Association.  The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits the University of Hartford across all programs.  There was a time when accreditation at the program and university levels was focused on inputs or the content delivered; we needed to show that our curricula covered certain areas. Now, however, NEASC and virtually every disciplinary accreditation agency have moved to outcome-based accreditation models. NEASC expects that every academic program specify what its graduates will know and be able to do, gather data on the extent to which students know and are able to do those things, and use those data to make program improvements.