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 #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 …
Pit Stop #20: University of Maine System
How’s this for a set of impressive careers? Lawyer, Mayor, Governor, and Chancellor. (I know I’m forgetting one, because I asked Chancellor Dan Malloy what he was planning for …
Pit Stop #19: University of Maine
Joan Ferrini-Mundy is a little over two years into her leadership of Maine’s flagship campus, the University of Maine –as well as the University of Maine at Machias, University …
Pit Stop #18: University of Maine at Augusta
(Caveat: The day we visited University of Maine at Augusta was not the best for showing off the beautiful campus. It was overcast and most of the leaves had …
Pit Stop #17: Bates College
For as long as I can remember, the trio of fine liberal arts colleges in Maine — Bates, Bowdoin, and Colby — have been in my consciousness. This morning …
Pit Stop #16: Community College System of New Hampshire
Our road trip began over a delightful dinner with Susan Huard, who serves as both a Commissioner of NECHE and Interim Chancellor of the Community College System of New …
Pit Stop #15: White Mountains Community College
They call it the North Country and guess what? It is very far north, with Berlin, New Hampshire, home of White Mountains Community College, just about sixty miles from …

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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 each post. Buckle up and come along!

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