The University of New Haven is a coeducational, nonsectarian, independent institution of higher learning, chartered by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.
The University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.), and has been since 1948.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
NECHE develops and applies criteria for the assessment of educational effectiveness among institutions of higher education. The Commission assures the education community, the public and interested agencies that accredited institutions have clearly defined objectives that meet the criteria published by the Commission and that they have the organization, staffing and resources to continue to accomplish these objectives.
The University of New Haven underwent its routine comprehensive evaluation visit November 8-10, 2010, by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). Following the team's positive recommendations, the University's accreditation was extended for the maximum allowable ten years until 2020. The University has been accredited by the Commission since 1948.