Accreditation Information

Social Work Accreditation
NCATE Accreditation for Education Programs
NEASC Accreditation

Social Work Accreditation


Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Wheelock College has developed this process to guide us in our program assessment of student learning outcomes.

The Program Assessment Feedback Loop

Council on Social Work Accreditation (CSWE) Program Assessment Statement

The BSW and MSW programs at Wheelock College are actively engaged in preparations for our upcoming fall 2014 Reaffirmation visit by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), working collaboratively with our field partners and students. The programs were last reaffirmed jointly in 2006 under the 2001 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The 2008 EPAS significantly shifted the assessment processes for the BSW and MSW programs to be based upon 10 core competencies with 41 practice behaviors (BSW and Foundation MSW) and 10 advanced practice behaviors created by our our social work faculty (Concentration MSW). The core competencies and practice behaviors have been infused within our curriculum in an increasingly comprehensive and integrated manner over the last several years.

NCATE Accreditation for Wheelock College Education Programs

Wheelock is the only private higher education institution in Massachusetts that has all of its teacher preparation programs nationally recognized by individual specialty associations.  Accreditation is a promise to the public of quality on a consistent basis. (  The following data are collected and summarized across all full educator preparation programs.

MTEL Pass Rate - The pass rate for the required state license exams for all who complete a full educator preparation program that has required exams.

PPA (PreService Performance Assessment) - A required evaluation form used during practicum by all teacher candidates in MA. Summary scores across all programs are provided.

Wheelock PPA (PreService Performance Assessment) Addendum - A Wheelock instrument that augments that state practicum evaluation form. As with the PPA, the addendum reflects the evaluation by the Wheelock supervisor and the supervising practitioner for each candidate. Summary scores across all program are provided.

New England Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation


Wheelock College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit from March 29 to April1, 2015, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis.  Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole.  The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region.

Wheelock College has been accredited by the Commission since 1950 and was last reviewed in 2004.  Its accreditation by the New England Association encompasses the entire institution.

For the past year and a half, Wheelock has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission's Standards for Accreditation.  An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate.  The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution.  Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to:

Public Comment on Wheelock College
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514

Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution.  The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups.   Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments.

Public comments must be received by April 1, 2015.  The Commission cannot guarantee that the comments received after that date will be considered.


Wheelock College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., (NEASC) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also  contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514

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