About NECHE on the Road

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…Continue readingAbout NECHE on the Road

Pit Stop #41: Fulbright University Vietnam

My previous post on an international university in the process of seeking accreditation from NECHE emanated from a small town high up in the Swiss Alps. This week’s location could hardly be more different in terms of continent, culture, and climate–as I am in the sprawling city of Ho Chi Minh City in the Socialist…Continue readingPit Stop #41: Fulbright University Vietnam

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, we lassoed our young kids and brought them to this world-famous dazzler of a museum – a family ritual shared by millions, leaving vivid memories that linger…Continue readingPit Stop #40: American Museum of Natural History

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 School of Biomedical Sciences, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory School of Biological Sciences. They have all been accredited by the New York State Board of Regents…Continue readingPit Stops #37, 38 & 39: Gerstner Sloan Kettering, Rockefeller University & Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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 Brown and NEIT –one, a famed member of the Ivy League and the other a technical university with its roots as a trade school– have absolutely nothing…Continue readingPit Stop #36: New England Institute of Technology

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 Brown a little more personally, as my older daughter is a very proud 2008 graduate. Brown is renowned in higher education for its open curriculum, meaning…Continue readingPit Stop #35: Brown University

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 Design, or RISD, took the proverbial cake. For one thing, we don’t accredit many art schools, much less one of RISD’s reputation and caliber. We were…Continue readingPit Stop #34: Rhode Island School of Design

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 JWU’s North Carolina campus in the future. JWU is a fascinating institution with an equally fascinating history. Founded in 1914 by two women, Ms. Johnson and…Continue readingPit Stop #33: Johnson & Wales University

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 a hop over to Wikipedia. One of the things I love most about my job is experiencing the incredible diversity of our more than 200 member institutions.…Continue readingPit Stop #32: College Unbound

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 Hen State. This past week, it was my pleasure to visit six of the thirteen institutions that NECHE accredits in the Ocean State.  The first stop…Continue readingPit Stop #31: Rhode Island College

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 opportunity to meet. The European Graduate School (The EGS) and its leadership team are perfect examples of both. As readers of this blog will understand, institutional accreditation…Continue readingPit Stop #30: European Graduate School