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 #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

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 universities in the world. Yep, the world. It’s clearly no coincidence that this trio calls Switzerland home. Given the hospitality we encountered every moment of our trip, we…Continue readingPit Stop #29: Les Roches

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 up 1100 steps and by chance passed the doors to Glion. We were about five miles into our nine-mile jaunt, and if Glion’s doors had been open, we…Continue readingPit Stop #28: Glion Institute of Higher Education

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 first stop in Switzerland on this European road trip, is ranked as the world’s best university of hospitality management by international surveys that measure academic quality, graduate…Continue readingPit Stop #27: Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne