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Seminary Invites Comments During Accreditation Renewal Process

Every ten years, Northeastern Seminary is required by its accreditors to undergo a thorough self-study to evaluate its programs, practices, and performance in key areas in order to retain accreditation. Institutional accreditation evaluates the entire institution and accredits it as a whole; pursuit of accreditation is voluntary.

The Seminary is in the midst of this self-study process, and will soon be hosting accreditation reviews from both of its accrediting organizations, including peer-review visits to the campus.

The first visit occurs October 23-26, 2017, by a team representing The Association of Theological Schools (ATS). The ATS is a membership organization of graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate, professional, and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry, teaching, and research in the theological disciplines. Northeastern Seminary’s accreditation is for Master's (since 2003) and Doctoral (since 2004) degrees including the fully distance learning programs for all master’s degrees.

From March 11-14, 2018, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) will conduct their comprehensive evaluation visit. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This commission is accepted by the United States Secretary of Education for accrediting activities in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.

As part of the review evaluation teams gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate and will subsequently recommend a continuing status for the Seminary.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the Seminary. Written, signed comments should address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs and should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must be received prior to the dates of the visit. Accrediting bodies cannot guarantee that comments received after the due dates will be considered.

Representatives from ATS will visit the campus Monday, October 23, through Thursday, October 26, 2017. Anyone wishing to comment on the Seminary’s accreditation renewal may contact the school at Northeastern Seminary, Accreditation Review, 2265 Westside Drive, Rochester, N.Y., 14624; or the accreditor at The Association of Theological Schools, 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110.

Representatives from MSCHE will visit the campus on Sunday, March 11, through Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Anyone wishing to comment on the Seminary’s accreditation renewal with this organization may contact the school at Northeastern Seminary, Accreditation Review, 2265 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY, 14624; or the accreditor at Middle States Commission on Higher Education 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

All degree programs at Northeastern Seminary are accredited by the following professional and regional accrediting institutions:

Professional

The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada

The Association of Theological Schools is a membership organization of graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate, professional, and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry, teaching, and research in the theological disciplines. Accreditations include Northeastern Seminary’s fully distance learning programs in Buffalo, Syracuse, and the New York Capital Region for all master’s degrees.

The Commission on Accrediting from the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, has approved the following degree programs for accreditation:

  • Masters of Arts
    • Theological Studies
    • Theology and Social Justice
    • Transformational Leadership
  • Masters of Divinity
  • Doctor of Ministry

Contact:
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Regional

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. This commission is accepted by the United States Secretary of Education for accrediting activities in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.

Contact:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104,
Telephone: 215.662.5606
Email: info@msche.org
Website: www.msche.org

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