Middle States Accreditation
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Middle States Commission on Higher Education Accreditation
SUNY Plattsburgh has been an accredited member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1952. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region — the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally. Accreditation is a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education institutions. Regional or national accreditation is also necessary if a college or university wants its students to obtain loans and grants from the federal government through the Student Assistance Programs in Title IV of the Higher Education Act.
Accredited institutions have been found to successfully meet rigorous standards. According to the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation (13th ed.), meeting these standards gives an institution the right to state: “Our students are well-served; society is well-served.”
Accreditation at SUNY Plattsburgh
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education officially reaffirmed accreditation for SUNY Plattsburgh for 10 years (2012 – 2022) after a successful site visit in spring 2012. The college was commended for the quality of the self-study, its culture of student support, and shared commitment to student success. In June 2017, SUNY Plattsburgh submitted a Periodic Review Report to Middle States as evidence for continued accreditation. The Reviewers’ Report noted that significant progress has been made in the areas of improving planning, resource allocation, institutional renewal, and assessment. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted to accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation (PDF file size 215KB) on November 16, 2017.
The next self-study evaluation will occur in 2021-2022 and will be conducted in accordance with the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation (13th ed.).
Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsSUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Office: Kehoe 802
Phone: (518) 564-5402