For two days earlier this summer, Brian Morgan, WMS President, participated in the thrice-yearly gathering of the Commission on Independent Schools, one of the six Commissions of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Brian Morgan Performs Duties as Chair of the Secondary School Committee, CIS this summer
For two intense days earlier this summer, Brian Morgan, WMS President, was cloistered in a hotel in Bedford, MA participating in the thrice-yearly gathering of the Commission on Independent Schools, one of the six Commissions of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Our School, as well as many other independent schools is accredited by NEASC every ten years. Between decennial visits by a Visiting Committee that writes a report for the Commission (Brian chaired the 2005 WMS Visiting Committee), each accredited school submits interim two-year and five-year reports.
Commission members read and digest all these reports three times a year and recommend action to the Commission. Brian chairs the Secondary School Committee of the CIS and at the June meeting the Committee evaluated almost forty school reports. While it is intense work, Brian finds it all very rewarding to learn about other schools in the six New England states and to work with other New England school leaders. The NEASC accreditation process is essentially based on an evaluation of the extent to which a school lives out its own Mission, as well as the extent to which a school adheres to fifteen universally accepted standards. This enables NEASC to accredit a huge variety of schools that include schools for the deaf, Christian schools, boarding schools, day schools, town academies, and most recently, Islamic schools.