Does the University of Bridgeport need grades? Absolutely!

Does the University of Bridgeport need grades? Absolutely!

There’s a good reason why universities give grades: they reflect how well students are learning. Great grades—like that A in a required course—can encourage a student to nurture an untapped skill or even major in an academic field they may have not considered. Poor grades are equally valuable because they help students to identify weaknesses, learn from past mistakes, and encourage them to seek additional guidance from professors and peers.

The University of Bridgeport (UB) needs grades and feedback, too.

That’s why we’re excited to welcome the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) to campus this fall, when it will review and assess how well we educate and serve our more than 5,000 students.

From November 9 to 12, NEASC officials, including provosts, CFOs, and high-level administrators from other universities, will evaluate UB’s self-study, review hundreds of pages of documents, and meet with our University community, faculty, and students.

“The NEASC evaluation takes place every 10 years, and it’s always an invaluable opportunity to self-assess,” said UB President Neil A. Salonen. “We can better determine how we fulfill our mission to prepare students for the global marketplace, what we might do better, and how we can build upon what we’re already doing well. It’s a critical process for us to prepare for the future.”

Accreditation by the NEASC commission is voluntary, but its imprimatur means a great deal.

In addition to qualifying schools for federal loans, the NEASC seal of approval reflects the highest standards in education for all levels. In fact, NEASC sets standards at more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges, and universities in Connecticut as well as Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and at American and international schools in over 67 countries. Of those, it accredits over 200 institutions in the region. NEASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Invitation for Public Comments

The University of Bridgeport will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit (November 9-12, 2014), by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region.

The University of Bridgeport has been accredited by the Commission since 1951 and was last reviewed in 2004. Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution.

For the past year and a half, the University of Bridgeport has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

Public Comment on the University of Bridgeport
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514

Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public Comments must be received by November 12, 2014. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

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