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NECHE Accreditation

Naugatuck Valley Community College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the New England Commission of Higher Education indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university 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 is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee 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 accreditation status by the New England Commission of Higher Education should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210
Wakefield, MA  01880

(781) 425-7785

The College is also accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education. In addition to comprehensive accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education, some degree and certificate programs have the following specialized accreditations:

  • Committee on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Institute for Automotive Service Education (ASE)
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN)
  • National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,
  • National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC)



The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (CIHE-NEASC) is now known as the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). All higher education institutions previously accredited by CIHE-NEASC are now accredited by NECHE. The US Department of Education has officially transferred the Commission's federal recognition to our new corporation, New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as of August 1, 2018.