|Purpose||Higher education accreditation in the United States|
|Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and international locations|
|Lawrence M. Schall|
|Affiliations||CHEA and USDE|
The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is a voluntary, peer-based, non-profit membership organization that performs peer evaluation and accreditation of public and private universities and colleges in the United States and other countries. Until federal regulations changed on July 1, 2020, it was one of the seven regional accreditation organizations dating back 130 years. NECHE, which is now considered an institutional accreditor, is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Its headquarters are in Burlington, Massachusetts. It accredits over 200 institutions primarily in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.