Q: Who is NECHE and what is accreditation?

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is the regional accreditation agency for colleges and universities in the six New England states.  Formerly known as The New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, NECHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority as to the quality of education.

Q:  What is the status of CSJ’s probation?

CSJ has been given an abbreviated timeline to achieve compliance with the Commission’s Standards on Institutional Resources.  The College has until April 1, 2019 to produce new evidence relating to our ability to achieve compliance with the standards related to the college’s financial resources.

Q: What is “new evidence?”

New evidence can be anything that has a substantial and material impact on our Institutional Resources, i.e. student deposits; fundraising initiatives; partnerships with other colleges and institutions, etc.  The Leadership of CSJ is well into the process of exploring, identifying and pursuing promising opportunities for such new evidence.

Q:  What happens in April, 2019?

If no new evidence is provided by April 1, 2019, or if the evidence is not deemed substantial or material to the institution’s ability to achieve compliance with the standards on Institutional Resources, the institution is expected to cease instruction at the end of Spring term and accreditation will end on August 31, 2019.

Q:  Has the College lost its accreditation?

No.  While on probation, College of St. Joseph remains regionally accredited by NECHE and maintains eligibility for federal funding, including student financial aid. The College’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and administration, with the support of the community, alumni, and friends, are fully committed and prepared to implement all of the necessary corrective actions to satisfactorily address the areas of concern.

Q:  Who is responsible on campus for making sure CSJ remains accredited?

The CSJ President and the Board of Trustees have the primary responsibility for ensuring that the college maintains its accreditation.

Q:  Will my classes continue at CSJ for now?

Yes, all classes will continue in their current schedules at CSJ for the duration of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Q:  Will my sports team continue at CSJ for now?

Yes, all sports teams will continue in their current schedules at CSJ for the duration of the 2018-2019 academic year.

Q:  Will there be Commencement this year?

Yes.  Commencement will be held at CSJ as scheduled on May 18, 2019.

Q:  Will CSJ accept an incoming class for Fall 2019?

CSJ will make a decision regarding an incoming class for Fall 2019 by May 1, 2019.

Q:  What happens to my enrollment deposit for Fall 2019, if CSJ does not accept an incoming class?

Enrollment deposits will be refunded in the event CSJ does not accept an incoming class for Fall 2019.

Q:  What is a teach-out?

A teach-out is a way to provide a continuation of academic programming in the event a college must close.  Our teach-out agreement with Castleton University ensures the equitable treatment of CSJ students and an opportunity for students to complete their program of study should CSJ cease to be a going concern and close.  This agreement will enable all CSJ students currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs, and who are in good academic standing and interested in transferring, to complete their undergraduate or graduate studies at CU.

Additionally, CSJ has established a number of formal pathways to completion with other institutions that will provide for a smooth transition for students who are either ineligible or unwilling to participate in the teach-out agreement with CU.

Q:  When does the teach-out agreement with Castleton University go into effect?

The teach-out agreement with Castleton University goes into effect only in the event that CSJ ceases to be a going concern and closes. The teach-out with CU is pending any new developments by the CSJ leadership team before the April 1 NECHE “new evidence” deadline.

Q:  Will my credits transfer to institutions other than CU?

If you decide to transfer to another college or university, acceptance of transfer credits is always the prerogative of the “receiving” institution. Students should contact any institution to which they wish to transfer for information about their process and eligibility requirements.


Q:  What assistance will I have in transferring to either CU or another institution?


Official transcripts and other pertinent records will be provided by CSJ to CU at no cost for all students who officially enroll at CU pursuant to the teach-out agreement. CU will permanently house these records, which will arrive within 10 days of each student finalizing with the CU Business Office.


If you choose to transfer to a new institution now or in the future, you will need to apply to those colleges/universities and meet the admissions deadlines for those schools. CSJ staff will assist you in that process should you choose to go that route. Should CSJ have to close, we will not charge a fee for transcript requests under these circumstances.


Q: How can I stay informed about new developments regarding CSJ’s status with the Commission?

CSJ will send announcements and continue to update the College website with any new developments regarding our accreditation status. Questions can be directed to any CSJ faculty and staff or to the President’s office at (802) 776-5214.