License and Accreditation (NECHE)

Housatonic Community College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 3-6, 2022, by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC).

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.

Housatonic Community College has been accredited by the Commission since 1967 and was last reviewed in 2012. Its accreditation by the Commission encompasses the entire institution.

For the two years, Housatonic Community College has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to: Public Comment on Housatonic Community College

New England Commission of Higher Education
Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514 E-mail:

Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. For more complete information please visit https://www.housatonic.edu/about-us/license-and-accreditation-neche.

Public Comments must be received by April 6, 2022. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

NECHE Accreditation

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Housatonic is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education and by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE), a national, non-governmental organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation by the New England Association indicates that an institution meets or exceeds criteria for quality, institutional integrity, and continuity. The college is authorized to award the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees.

To view the latest report, please click here. (File is 29MB)

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution's accreditation by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of Housatonic Community College or to the New England Commission on Higher Education, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA, USA, 01803  718-425-7700, .

For accreditation for the following programs, see their program pages:

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