Sterling College is pleased to announce that it has again been granted accreditation by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE).

After a review of the Sterling College self study and a thorough on-site assessment process conducted in November of 2015, the AEE Accreditation Council granted Sterling College a new five-year accreditation term.

Anne Morse, faculty member in Outdoor Education, said, “Our renewed accreditation validates the high quality of our programs. Sterling College’s programs are intentionally experiential, allowing students to directly engage in learning both in the classroom and in the outdoors.”

Sterling College has been accredited by AEE since 2006. The accreditation report cited what they called “a long list of impressive strengths of the College,” including its “walk your talk” approach to whole student development, reflected in every aspect of community life; and the dedication of key staff and faculty, which they said “provides a depth, breadth, perspective, and level of expertise most programs would envy.”

Sterling College President Matthew Derr said, “I have been fortunate to observe our faculty both in the field and in the classroom. They provide a curriculum of deep inquiry that has trained a generation of graduates who are now out in the field, transforming the lives of young people, and continue to educate tomorrow’s environmental stewards to reshape our relationship with the natural world.”

Attaining accredited status through the AEE Accreditation Program is solid evidence of an organization’s commitment to quality and safety, belief in professional standards, and allocation of resources toward continued excellence and improvement. Programs that achieve AEE accredited status can be confident that they meet or exceed recognized industry standards.

Sterling College faculty members attend and present at the Northeast Regional Association for Experiential Education conference regularly. The AEE conference is an opportunity for professional development, networking, and staying up to date on research in the field and applications of experiential education. Regular participation in the AEE conference allows Sterling College faculty to stay current on issues, topics, and best practices in order to ensure continued excellence in regards to safety, risk management, instructor training, and programming. To learn more about the AEE, please refer to their website.

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