NEASC TEAM VISITS FOR ACCREDITATION REVIEW
A team of more than 20 educators representing the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is visiting us this week to examine all of our programs and determine if we will maintain our accreditation, which expires every 10 years. They are poring over thousands of pages of information about our school generated by the entire Whittier staff last year, and are visiting every classroom and vocational area to see teachers and students at work.
To welcome them, Culinary Arts students hosted a dinner last night attended by 150 staff and school committee members in our cafeteria. Following welcome remarks by Superintendent Maureen Lynch and videos showcasing the multi-faceted education students receive at Whittier, Sheila Herbert, a former school superintendent who is leading the NEASC team, addressed the crowd. "From the moment I came here it was obvious they had spent a lot of time preparing for our visit," she said. "The student tours this morning were great. It's so wonderful when you see kids that are so passionate about their school, and not only about their own programs, but other programs in the school."
Founded in 1885, NEASC has been working to establish and maintain high standards for all levels of education – from Pre-Kindergarten to the doctoral level - longer than any other accreditation agency in the U.S.
NEASC is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves more than 2,000 public and independent schools, technical and career institutions, colleges, and universities in New England plus International Schools in more than 65 nations worldwide. A globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity. The four NEASC commissions decide matters of accreditation in the context of research-driven standards reviewed by their membership.