New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is a nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering postgraduate instruction. NECHE accreditation indicates the school meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer group review process.

An accredited college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

NECHE accreditation applies to the institution as a whole, providing reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

NECHE Standard 10.-8 Public Disclosure

The University of Maine at Farmington assures notice and ready availability on request of all its publications. It is also responsive to reasonable requests about itself. The institution provides notice as to the availability upon request of the institution’s most recent audited financial statement or fair summary thereof.

Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP)

The University of Maine at Farmington teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP), effective Spring 2018 to Spring 2025. UMF was the first program in Maine to receive this higher and more rigorous standard of national accreditation.

CAEP (formerly named NCATE) is a professional accreditor that reviews departments, schools, and colleges which prepare teachers and other educators. After completing a program, teachers seek licensure or certification from the state in which they wish to teach. The scope of CAEP’s work is the accreditation of educator preparation providers having programs leading to certification/licensure, bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral degrees in the United States and internationally.

The CAEP Standards and their components flow from two principles:

  • Solid evidence that the provider’s graduates are competent and caring educators, and
  • There must be solid evidence that the provider’s educator staff have the capacity to create a culture of evidence and use it to maintain and enhance the quality of the professional programs they offer.

The five CAEP Standards, below, flow from these guiding principles and the standards of evidence that define them are the backbone of the accreditation process. They define quality in terms of organizational performance and serve as the basis for accreditation reviews and judgments.

  • Standard 1: Content and Pedagogical Knowledge
  • Standard 2: Clinical Partnerships and Practice
  • Standard 3: Candidate Quality, Recruitment, and Selectivity
  • Standard 4: Program Impact
  • Standard 5: Provider Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Capacity