Founded in 1819 as the nation’s first private military college, Norwich University helped pave the way for an innovative model of higher education that has since been adopted by hundreds of colleges and universities. Pioneered by Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge, this model combined broad-based liberal arts studies with experiential learning that took students out of the classroom and into the field to observe and apply academic theories in real life. The overriding goal was to help students become in-depth thinkers as well as capable doers so that upon graduation, they would be ready to make tangible contributions to their workplaces and the world at large.
Rigorous and relevant, Norwich’s academic programs reflect the highest standards in teaching, curriculum development, and online education delivery. Norwich enlists academic subject matter experts from across the globe to develop courses that are highly informative and immediately applicable to students’ careers. Norwich faculty members, in turn, bring those courses to life in the Norwich virtual classroom. Characterized by both broad professional experience and exceptional academic credentials, our faculty members have specialized training in online teaching and are committed to providing students with personalized support and guidance.
Ensuring a Quality Education
The role of accreditation, according to the U.S. Department of Education, "is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality." While the U.S. Department of Education does not accredit institutions or programs, the Secretary of the Department of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that are deemed to be reliable authorities on the quality of education. In addition, the Department of Education maintains a database of accredited institutions of higher learning on its website.Regional and Professional Accreditations
Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. - the nation’s oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Two of Norwich’s graduate programs have additional, industry-specific accreditation: the Master of Science in Nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Master of Business Administration program, which is accredited by theAccreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
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