Excellence in Higher Education

What are the characteristics of excellence in higher education?

Characteristics of Excellence is designed as a guide for those institutions considering application for membership, those accepted as candidate institutions, and those accredited institutions engaged in self-review and peer evaluation. In their self-review processes, institutions demonstrate how they meet these accreditation standards within the context of their own institutional mission and goals. No assurance is given or implied that every accredited institution manifests these characteristics and meets these standards in equal proportion. Accredited institutions are expected to demonstrate these standards in substantial measure, to conduct their activities in a manner consistent with the standards, and to engage in ongoing processes of self-review and improvement.

The Commission on Higher Education acknowledges that in order to meet these 14 standards, institutions will be called upon to commit resources to the tasks of research and analysis, particularly as related to the assessment and improvement of teaching and learning.


Contact Information

For more information about SUNY Plattsburgh's Middle States reaccreditation process, please contact:

James Liszka
Provost/VP for Academic Affairs
Office: Kehoe 802
Phone: (518) 564-5402
Email: jlisz001@plattsburgh.edu