Sterling College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. The College and its programs in outdoor education are accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. Sterling College is a member of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges, the Work Colleges Consortium, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
Sterling College is accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Sterling is committed to AEE accreditation as a means to ensure excellence and industry best standards for all aspects of the ministry. Other universities and organizations that have AEE-accredited outdoor programs include Harvard, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Indiana University, University of New Hampshire, and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Accreditation by the AEE means that SROM meets the highest standards for safety, risk management, instructor training, and programming in the field of outdoor adventure education.
As part of a regular ten-year cycle of review by NEASC’s Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), Sterling College will submit a comprehensive self-study report to the NEASC Commissioners and peer review team in Spring Semester of 2016.
In October 2014, President Matthew Derr appointed a nine person steering committee that will lead the self-study process and prepare our institutional report and invited Dr. Pavel Cenkl to serve as its chair.
Steering Committee Membership
- Pavel Cenkl, Associate Dean of Academics, Chair
- Deborah Clark, Director of Finance & Operations
- Carol Dickson, Dean of Academics
- Favor Ellis, Dean of Community
- Ezra Fradkin, Student
- Alice Haskins, Student
- Laura Spence, Faculty in Ecology
- John Zaber ’89, Faculty in Outdoor Education
Sterling College, its Board of Trustees, and President are committed to a self-study process that encourages and includes widespread participation of the college’s stakeholders. As the process gets underway in October 2014 through the arrival of a visiting team from NEASC in April 2016, this webpage will serve as a resource and provide updates for the community and interested parties.
The self-study report has involved all areas of the College in a process of self-examination. It reflects the work of the Steering Committee and and many community members. The report responds to very specific NEASC standards linked to re-accreditation and appraises Sterling’s operations within the context of these standards. Sterling’s self-study also provides information for an external peer evaluation team.
One of the major goals of the self-study is to reflect upon ourselves in relation to the standards set forth by our peers and to engage in a process of continuous evaluation and improvement. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the study to Katie Lavin, Assistant to the President, at email@example.com. Public comments must be received by April 8, 2016.