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College Receives Maximum 10-Year Re-Accreditation

Submitted by on February 1, 2022 – 4:34 pm

Haverhill and Lawrence, MA (February 1, 2022)  Northern Essex Community recently received good news from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE): the college’s accreditation will be continued for the next 10 years.

aerial view of the haverhill campus with changing fall leaves

The intensive re-accreditation process included a comprehensive self-study, involving nearly everyone at the college. A team from NECHE conducted a virtual site visit at NECC in April. They spent four days speaking with faculty, students and staff, and reviewing data to compile their final evaluation report. The commission reviewed the findings and chose to accept the report, issued a full ten-year accreditation, and requested a standard five-year interim report in 2025.

In a recent email to the NECC community, President Lane Glenn wrote “This is the best outcome possible for a ten-year accreditation process, and it is due to the outstanding work of our NECHE Self-Study Leadership Team and everyone else who contributed to this important process since we began our preparations in 2018.” You can read more about the accreditation process here.

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers approximately 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, 6,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,000 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the website at or call 978-556-3700.