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Public Comment: 2014 BHE Program Review Policy

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The Board of Higher Education (BHE) intends to rescind its June 19, 2001 Interpretation of its degree-granting regulations for Independent Institutions of Higher Education and adopt in its place the following policy, entitled Board of Higher Education 2014 Interpretation: Internal and External Program Review Policy for Massachusetts Independent Institutions Accredited Without Sanction by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)” (the “2014 BHE Program Review Policy”). The BHE’s Degree-Granting Regulations for Independent Institutions of Higher Education are found at 610 CMR 2.00 et seq., and establish minimum standards of program quality. See M.G.L. c. 69, § 30A.

The 2014 BHE Program Review Policy seeks to streamline the program review process by allowing for expedited internal and external reviews of new programs proposed by Massachusetts-based, private higher education institutions that are accredited without sanction by NEASC and otherwise in good standing with state and federal authorities. A description of the purpose and intent behind the proposed new policy, along with a summary of the proposed changes, is included in the Board of Higher Education Motion, BHE 14-04.

Public Comment Period

Before implementing the new policy, the Department of Higher Education is seeking public comment. Along with your comments, please include your full name, agency or institution affiliation, and address. All comments must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014. The BHE is expected to vote on adopting the policy at its regular monthly meeting scheduled for May 6, 2013.

Submitting Comments via Email (preferred)

Interested parties should submit written comments by emailing:


Please submit your comments either as an attached Word document or as text within the body of your email.

Submitting Comments via Mail

If you are unable to submit comments by e-mail, you should mail your comments to:

Program Review Policy Public Comment
c/o Constantia T. Papanikolaou, General Counsel
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108


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