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Public comment sought as UMFK prepares to undergo re-accreditation review

September 16, 2005


Dr. Joseph Mark will lead the NEASC Accreditation Team reviewing UMFK in early November.

As the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus community prepares to undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit later this fall, the organization that will review the institution for re-accreditation is inviting the public to submit comments regarding the University.

On November 6 through 9, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) will send to UMFK a team of seven reviewers from institutions in the region similar to the St. John Valley campus.

Visiting team members, led by Dr. Joseph Mark, academic vice president at Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont, will examine eleven standard areas, which include mission and purpose, planning and evaluation, organization and governance, programs and instruction, and student services.

In advance of the visit, and in preparation for their review, NEASC is inviting members of the public to submit comments that address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution to: Public Comment on the University of Maine at Fort Kent, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Bedford, MA 01730-1433. Comments can also be e-mailed to HYPERLINK ""

Written, signed comments must be received by November 9, 2005. The commission cannot guarantee that letters received after that due date will be considered. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the submission. Comments will not be treated as confidential.

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education is one of the eight organizations in the United States, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Approximately 200 colleges and universities in the six-state New England region are served by CIHE.

Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole.

UMFK has been accredited by the Commission since 1970, and was last reviewed in November 1995. The accreditation encompasses the entire institution.

In August, the UMFK campus community submitted to CIHE, a 100-page document which thoroughly examines every area on campus, from the physical plant to faculty instruction.

Completion of the comprehensive report marked the end of a two-year effort that began in September 2003, with the naming of professors Dr. Rachel Albert and Dr. Kurt Holzhausen as self study co-chairs, and has since involved most of UMFK's 130 employees.

The full self-study document can be accessed by the public on UMFK's website at: