Exploring the state of higher education, up close and personal.

Larry Schall

As the new president of this venerable organization, I decided the best way I could fully understand the challenges and unique strengths of the schools we serve was to go out and see the institutions for myself, talk to their leaders, and even visit with some of their students. It’s a chance for me to learn about the extraordinary work going on at colleges and universities across New England and with our international institutions during these extraordinary times when we are all so deeply impacted by the pandemic. It’s also an opportunity to reach out to our members and share some of my early thoughts about where accreditation is going. And quite frankly, after months of working remotely (our tirelessly devoted staff is now working two days a week in the office for the foreseeable future), I’m eager to develop the helpful, supportive personal relationships that have always characterized the NECHE organization. In addition to this blog, I will also be doing a podcast of my interviews so you can access those as well.  

Thanks for joining us on our journey. I hope you enjoy the trip! 
-Larry

Latest Posts

Pit Stop #44: Montserrat College of Art
After our first "real" and downright spectacular Fourth of July weekend in Marblehead, I decided to stick close to home and head up the road to visit Montserrat College of …
Pit Stop #43: Bennington College
What do Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and Bennington, Vermont have in common? Not a whole lot …except that each is home to an institution of higher education with …
Pit Stop #42: Sampoerna University
One of the things I particularly value in our NECHE members– and those institutions seeking to become members — is the incredible diversity of our group. And a trip like the one I'm now taking to the other …
Pit Stop #41: Fulbright University Vietnam
The stately elegance of Ho Chi Minh City My previous post on an international university in the process of seeking accreditation from NECHE emanated from a small town high …
Pit Stop #40: American Museum of Natural History
I suspect that most readers of this blog have, at some point in their lives, visited the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City. As parents, …
Pit Stops #37, 38 & 39: Gerstner Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller University & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
In December, I had the pleasure of visiting three New York institutions unlike any others I have experienced in my years in higher education: Rockefeller University, Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate …
Pit Stop #36: New England Institute of Technology
The afternoon after we visited Brown, we drove about twenty minutes south to the campus of the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT). At first blush, you would think …
Pit Stop #35: Brown University
Brown University is doubtless known to every reader of this blog as one of the eight famed Ivy League colleges (four of which NECHE accredits). I happen to know …
Pit Stop #34: Rhode Island School of Design
It’s clear to me now that every visit to a NECHE institution will enlighten and surprise me in some way, but today’s trip to the Rhode Island School of …
Pit Stop #33: Johnson & Wales University
Johnson & Wales University (JWU) was Stop #3 on this Rhode Island road trip, but it was actually Stops #3 and #4, with a Stop #5 to come, as we hope to visit …
Pit Stop #32: College Unbound
Our second stop in Rhode Island was to College Unbound, NECHE’s newest member. CU’s President is the irrepressible Dennis Littky, and for a small taste of his astonishing resume, take …
Pit Stop #31: Rhode Island College
Growing up in Delaware, I was always intrigued by the state of Rhode Island for what should be an obvious reason: It’s the only state smaller than the Blue …
Pit Stop #30: European Graduate School
One of the many things I love about my work with NECHE is the incredible diversity of institutions we encounter and the fascinating array of people I have the …
Pit Stop #29: Les Roches
Our visit to Les Roches completed the trifecta of extraordinary hospitality universities in Switzerland, all NECHE accredited (Les Roches since 2006) and all three among the top five-rated hospitality …
Pit Stop #28: Glion Institute of Higher Education
Glion Institute of Higher Education is just up the road (or up the mountain, to be exact) from Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, our last post.  Last Saturday, we hiked …
Pit Stop #27: Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne
It's always humbling to realize that one of the institutions we accredit is very highly regarded within its own sphere of influence. The Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (EHL), our …
Pit Stop #26: The American College of the Mediterranean
Our second stop on this global road trip was to the American College of the Mediterranean and yes, ACM’S location is as breathtaking as its name suggests. My wife …
Pit Stop #25: Paris College of Art
The first stop on our NECHE European road trip began on a fortuitous note. The flight from Boston to Paris takes a mere six hours, and despite some anxiousness …
Back on the Road Again…
Paris-bound! One of the things about NECHE that often surprises folks is that we accredit a dozen colleges and universities abroad. Although most of our U.S.-based schools offer students the …
Reflecting on my first year as NECHE President
As I close out my first year as President of the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), I wanted to share some personal reflections on the state of …

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