NEASC Self-Study 2015

Orientation at Perry Hall

Champlain College is undergoing its ten-year comprehensive evaluation for accreditation. There are three parts to the evaluation: 

  1. NEASC logoA self-study, which will be completed in April 2015
  2. An on-site evaluation by a trained group of peers, conducted in October 2015
  3. A review and decision by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), which is part of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

The self-study is both a product and a process. The product is a 100-page narrative that "presents a clear, concise, accurate picture of the institution as a dynamic entity with a sense of history, an understanding of its present, and a vision for its future." The process of undertaking the self-study "demonstrates the institution's capacity for reflecting candidly on its strengths and weaknesses and using that analysis for improvement."

The self-study process must focus on the institution as a whole, evolve from a carefully thought-out plan of action, and be integrated with ongoing self-evaluation efforts. The study should pay particular attention to student achievement and success, as the central purpose of the institution is student learning. Another key consideration is overall institutional effectiveness, an analysis of how well the institution functions.

Each standard will have its own chapter in the self-study product. Each chapter will be composed based on a three-part framework: description, appraisal and analysis, with underlying themes of institutional effectiveness and student success.

Watch a Prezi video that explains our self-study process.


  • Spring 2013: Standards Teams & Steering Committee identified (Team Co-Chairs first and then Team members)
  • Summer 2013: Steering Committee works on communication plan
  • Fall 2013: Formal Kick-off of process. We recommend inviting someone from NEASC for this kick-off and maybe some initial training
  • Spring 2014: Standards Teams work on evidence review and collection (by Mar 1) and description (by June 1)
  • Fall 2014: Standards Teams work on Analysis (by October 15) and Projection (by December 15)
  • Spring 2015: Compiling and writing the document with a complete draft sent to NEASC for review in April
  • Fall 2015: Site visit by peer review team


Standard (s)

Staff Co-chair

Faculty Co-chair

1: Mission & Purposes

3: Organization & Governance

Mary Lee

Craig Pepin

2: Evaluation and Planning

Abby Mendenhall

Andy Burkhardt

4: The Academic Program

Kristi Jovell

David Kite,

Jen Vincent

5: Faculty

Ted Winokur

Joanne Farrell,

Eric Friedman

6: Students

Christina Erickson

Scott Stevens,

Kathy Whiting

7: Library and Other Information Systems

Ursula Jones

Kathy Leo-Nyquist

8: Physical & Technological Resources

9: Financial Resources

Becky Peterson

Fritz Burkhardt

10: Public Disclosure

11: Integrity

Meghan Haley

JoAnn Patel

Steering Committee: Michelle Miller, Sue Powers, Ellen Zeman, Katie Hawley, Ian Mortimer, Jen Sweeney, a CPS representative (Jayson Boyer), three faculty representatives [graduate (Don Haggerty), Core (Cyndi Brandenburg), and program (Eric Ronis)], a Student Government representative (Kirby McThompson), and as needed a writer and visit planner.

Visit the NEASC CIHE website to learn more about the Accreditation Standards.

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