Kristine Barnett, EdD
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean, Liberal Studies
Colleges and universities in New England voluntarily participate in a 10-year cycle of review by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
Accreditation has two fundamental purposes - to assure the quality of the institution or program, and to assist in the improvement of the institution or program. The NECHE Accreditation Process consists of three distinct components: institutional self-study, visiting team on-site evaluation, and commission review and action.
Between 2014 and 2016, Bay Path University engaged in a comprehensive review of compliance with the then 11 Standards for Accreditation, which resulted in an institutional Self-Study. In April of 2016, Bay Path welcomed a Visiting Team of colleagues from other NECHE institutions, who immersed themselves in our campus to gain a deeper understanding of our institution. The visit concluded with a report from the team on the strengths and areas of concern that formed the foundation of their formal report to NECHE. In November of 2016, The Commission affirmed Bay Path’s accreditation.