Saint John’s Seminary has received formal notification of its continued 10-year, unrestricted accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
The reaccreditation process occurs every 10 years and touches nearly every aspect of the Seminary: governance, leadership, curriculum, faculty, institutional effectiveness, academics, facilities and budgets, and many other areas.
The comprehensive nature of this review required a multilayered self-evaluation and was an considerable team effort. It also included an extensive site visit from NECHE’s external review team in October. Saint John’s Seminary has been accredited continually since 1969 and will be evaluated again in 2030-31.
In a summation of the Seminary’s strengths and weaknesses noted in the final report, evaluators commended Saint John’s, “the educational experience at the heart of the Seminary is solid and good. The mission of Saint John’s Seminary is to form priests and lay people who are both academically capable and appropriately formed for ministry. All the evidence indicates that the Seminary is succeeding in these areas. It is a demanding set of degree programs with an appropriate emphasis on formation.”
Reaccreditation affirms quality and a commitment to improvement. The process of self-reflection required of us as an institution was an opportunity reflect on what we owe to tomorrow. We believe we owe nothing less than emboldening our seminarians and students to do great things as the future leaders of our Church.
Saint John’s Seminary is grateful to everyone who went above and beyond their usual duties to help the Seminary once again secure this seal of approval from NECHE.
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