New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Commission is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits.
The Commission is also recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), affirming that its Standards and processes are consistent with the quality, improvement, and accountability expectations that CHEA has established.
Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions
The Environmental Recreation & Tourism Management program at UMM is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Our program is currently celebrating 25 years of accreditation! We are the only nationally accredited recreation program in Maine (one of four programs in New England), and we are among 90 accredited institutions across the U.S.
Maine Department of Education Accreditation
The UMM Education program participates in the Maine Department of Education accreditation process. To receive accreditation, schools must meet specific standards in the areas of core values, curriculum, instruction, assessment, school culture and leadership, and school and community learning resources.
The accreditation process includes a period of self-study and a site visit by a committee of educators from across Maine This process generally takes place every 5 years. The Education Program’s initial accreditation was in 1970 and the most recent passing review was in 2014. The next review will be in 2019.