Kristine Barnett, EdD
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean, Liberal Studies
Welcome to the Office of Assessment at Bay Path University. As the mission of the University states, Bay Path “educates students to become confident and resourceful contributors to our increasingly interdependent world.” To achieve that, the University has instituted an ongoing process of assessment of all academic programs and all non-academic departments to continuously monitor student learning and institutional effectiveness, and ensure the continual improvement of academic programs and University services.
Bay Path University has been continually accredited since 1965 by the New England Association of Schools and College’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and was last reviewed in April 2016. NEASC accreditation encompasses the entire institution, including all degree programs.
The voluntary process of self-regulation via accreditation is a distinguishing feature of higher education to ensure that colleges and universities meet agreed upon standards of excellence. The decennial process includes a comprehensive self-study, followed by an on-campus visit by a team of peer reviewers. The decennial re-accreditation process of self-study, followed by a site visit by a team of peers, is a significant event in the life of an institution and affirms the quality of a Bay Path education.
The April 2016 review and Commission action in November 2016 represented the culmination of an 18-month process of self-study, reflection and planning that addressed the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation, appropriately lauding Bay Path’s considerable strengths while acknowledging areas for continued growth and improvement.
In addition to the 10-year evaluation process, institutions submit a Fifth-Year Report as an update of progress at the midpoint of the re-accreditation cycle and an annual report as a snapshot of activity.
Bay Path University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. In addition, Bay Path University programs are approved by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1433; 617-271-1433; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108; 617-994-6950; www.mass.edu.
While attending Bay Path University, Bay Path students residing outside of the state of Massachusetts, who desire to resolve a grievance should first follow the University's student grievance procedure. However if a grievance cannot be resolved internally, you may file a grievance with your state. State contact information can be found by opening the link below.
State Contact Information