Collegiate Endorsement of Proficiency-Based
Education and Graduation

56 New England Colleges and Universities Support Stronger Student Preparation


Over the past decade, the movement to adopt proficiency-based approaches to teaching, learning, and graduating has gained momentum in New England, and throughout the country, as more educators, parents, business leaders, and elected officials recognize that high educational standards and strong academic preparation are essential to success in today's world.

With some parents wondering about the effects that proficiency-based learning will have on their children or the college-admissions process, the Consortium reached out to higher education institutions throughout the region. We asked them directly about their support of proficiency-based learning, and their response has been both affirming and inspiring.

To capture the sentiment of higher education, we developed the Collegiate Endorsement of Proficiency-Based Education and Graduation, which has been signed by a significant—and growing—number of colleges and universities, as well as by the higher education systems in five New England states.

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The Endorsement

Joining other institutions of higher education and the New England Secondary School Consortium in support of stronger academic preparation for postsecondary study, leading to increased collegiate enrollments and higher completion rates in our degree programs, we, the undersigned:

  1. Endorse proficiency-based approaches to instruction, assessment, reporting, and graduation that establish universally high learning standards and expectations for all students in K–12 schools.
  2. Accept a wide range of transcripts if the students meet our stated admissions requirements and the transcripts provide a full and accurate presentation of what an applicant has learned and accomplished.
  3. Pledge that applicants to our institutions with proficiency-based transcripts will not be disadvantaged in any way.

This endorsement recognizes that strong educational preparation benefits our students, our faculty, and our institution, and toward these ends we strongly support proficiency-based teaching practices, assessments, report cards, graduation decisions, and other strategies that can increase student preparation for higher education, modern careers, and lives of active, informed citizenship.



Central Maine Community College

Eastern Maine Community College

Husson University

Kennebec Valley Community College

Maine Community College System

Northern Maine Community College

Southern Maine Community College

Thomas College

Unity College

University of Maine

University of Maine at Augusta

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Maine at Fort Kent

University of Maine at Machias

University of Maine at Presque Isle

University of Maine System

University of Southern Maine

Washington County Community College

York County Community College

New Hampshire

Antioch University New England

Community College System of New Hampshire

Granite State College

Great Bay Community College

Keene State College

Lakes Region Community College

Manchester Community College

Nashua Community College

NHTI-Concord's Community College

Plymouth State University

River Valley Community College

University of New Hampshire

University System of New Hampshire

White Mountains Community College

Rhode Island

Community College of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

Rhode Island College

University of Rhode Island


Asnuntuck Community College

Capital Community College

Central Connecticut State University

Charter Oak State College

Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Eastern Connecticut State University

Gateway Community College

Housatonic Community College

Manchester Community College

Middlesex Community College

Naugatuck Valley Community College

Northwestern Connecticut Community College

Norwalk Community College

Quinebag Valley Community College

Southern Connecticut State University

Three Rivers Community College

Tunxis Community College

University of Connecticut

Western Connecticut State University


Castleton State College

Community College of Vermont

Johnson State College

Lyndon State College

University of Vermont

Vermont State Colleges

Vermont Technical College




©2014 New England Secondary School Consortium

For more information:

Stephen Abbott, Director of Communications