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For more information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and its mission, vision, and core values, Strategic Plan (through 2012), as well as FAQs on this site:
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has officially reaffirmed accreditation for SUNY Plattsburgh for another 10 years (2012 – 2022). In a letter to College President John Ettling announcing the reaccreditation, Dr. Barbara Gitenstein, MSCHE chair, said the commission reaffirmed accreditation of SUNY Plattsburgh at its June 28 meeting and commended the college “for the quality of the self-study report and the quality of the self-study process.”
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that 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. While the commission examines each institution as a whole rather than specific programs, 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.
SUNY Plattsburgh completed a nearly two-year review of the college culminating in a self-study report that was issued to the Middle States Commission in early February 2012. A team of 12 external reviewers then spent three days on campus in late March to evaluate the college in accordance with Middle States standards.
Throughout its report to the full Commission, the visiting team identified several significant accomplishments at SUNY Plattsburgh. For example:
SUNY Plattsburgh will submit a Periodic Review Report by June 1, 2017. Its next self-study evaluation will occur in 2012-2022.
For more information about SUNY Plattsburgh's Middle States reaccreditation process, please contact:
Provost/VP for Academic Affairs
Office: Kehoe 201
Phone: (518) 564-5402