In the United States, accreditation is the primary process for assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions. Accreditation is a process that brings together all of Hellenic College Holy Cross’ stakeholders to ensure HCHC offers the highest quality education to its students while meeting the best practices of higher education. HCHC is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In addition, HCHC develops and implements policies and procedures to meet the regulatory requirements of the Department of Higher Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
This site is updated regularly providing transparency about the accreditation process to HCHC’s stakeholders.
Every ten years, Hellenic College Holy Cross undergoes a comprehensive evaluation with the New England Commission for Higher Education (NECHE). HCHC’s comprehensive evaluation culminates in a site visit by NECHE. The comprehensive evaluation is an opportunity for our campus community to come together to reflect on our progress over the past decade, assess our alignment with NECHE’s Standards for Accreditation, and develop plans for future improvements.
HCHC received Initial Accreditation from NECHE in 1974, with the most recent Comprehensive Evaluation Visit occurring in Fall 2022. In March 2023, the Commission determined that HCHC remains in compliance with the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation as a result of its review of the institution’s selfstudy, the report of the evaluation team, and the response of the institution to the team report. HCHC was continued in accreditation with the next Comprehensive Evaluation Visit scheduled for Fall 2031.
To learn more about NECHE please visit www.neche.org
Holy Cross School of Theology is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the ATS Commission on Accrediting in September 2023. The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation.
|ATS Comprehensive Evaluation|
|Fall 2021||● Begin drafting of self-study|
|Spring 2022||● First draft of self-study completed|
|Fall 2022||● Second and third drafts of self-study completed
● Drafts disseminated to the campus community for comment
|Spring 2023||● Self-study edited, produced, and printed|
|Summer 2023||● Self-study due for comprehensive evaluation visit|
|Fall 2023||● Site Visit|
|Spring 2024||● Accreditation Results|
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.
Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
301 Edgewater Place, Suite 210, Wakefield, MA 01880
(781) 425 7785
Hellenic College Holy Cross is an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).