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Authority and Accreditation

State Authorization
In an historic and unanimous vote on May 20, 2015, the Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education welcomed College Unbound as a degree-granting postsecondary option in the state. It was standing room only as College Unbound supporters flooded the boardroom to hear the final verdict.


The crowd cheered when council member John J. Smith spoke of College Unbound’s ability to serve underrepresented, low-income adult learners, saying, “This particular program appears to give them hope, so they are able to not only feel pride in themselves and in their work, but have an opportunity to grow, expand, and to find their pathway.”


(Former) Rhode Island Commissioner of Postsecondary Education Dr. Jim Purcell also praised the college, saying, “Education is all about bringing forth the capacity that exists within people, and College Unbound offers people the opportunity to expand their minds, finish their degrees, and build better lives.” Dr. Purcell continued, saying, “These types of adult degree completion programs are transformative not just for the individuals and their families, but also for our community and workforce.”



State authorization was the first necessary step. College Unbound is currently pursuing accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). 


NEASC's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education approved us as eligible to apply for candidacy for accreditation in October of 2016, as follows:

The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education has determined that College Unbound is eligible to proceed with an application for candidacy for accreditation within two years. A determination of eligibility is not candidacy or accreditation, nor does it indicate a likelihood of eventual accreditation. Questions about eligibility and the accreditation process should be directed to the President of the Commission.


College Unbound enrolled its first two cohorts of CU Solo students in January 2016 and 2017.


College Unbound continues its partnership with Charter Oak State College.