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

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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 …
An insightful conversation with a Man in the Know.
One of NECHE’s regular speakers at our Annual Meeting is Terry Hartle, longtime Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the American Council in Education (ACE). Terry spoke for …
A newsy update (and Dr. Fauci)!
Our first road trip has come to an end (it actually ended November 1, although we kept the posts coming for a few more weeks), and given the state …
Pit Stop #24: Pine Manor College
Once Betty and I staggered back to Boston after 13 days on the road, I realized we had only 23 posts in the bank, but had promised 25. A …
Pit Stop #23: University of Southern Maine
Today, the best known Speaker of the House in Maine is Sarah Gideon, who was hoping (unsuccessfully) to unseat sitting Senator Susan Collins. Today I met the former Speaker …
Pit Stop #22: University of New England
Our final stop before we headed home was a visit with NECHE Commissioner and University of New England (UNE) President James Herbert. With 1,600 miles of road behind us …
Pit Stop #21: College of the Atlantic
This afternoon was visit #21 and by now, you’d think we’d be getting a little tired of the whole road trip thing. Truth be told, we were tired and …

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NECHE on the Road is the brainchild of its new president, Lawrence Schall, as a pathway to forge close personal and professional relationships with leaders in the higher education community that NECHE serves. There will also be a podcast of Larry’s interviews with the institutional leaders linked to many of the posts. Buckle up and come along!

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