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Accreditation Team to Visit Campus


A team of reviewers from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education will tour campus later this month to verify that SUNY Cortland is meeting the high standards needed for professional accreditation.

Accreditation is an important indication of an institution’s quality and has an impact on student financial aid, transfer credits, the value of the College’s degree and other areas.

Every 10 years, accredited colleges like SUNY Cortland must complete a detailed self-assessment focused on 14 broad standards set by Middle States. The commission, which is responsible for accrediting colleges in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, then sends a team to compare the self-assessment to campus reality.

“We welcome this opportunity to showcase our exciting campus and talk about the many impressive accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff,” President Erik Bitterbaum said. “SUNY Cortland offers a world-class educational experience that meets or surpasses l professional standards of excellence.”

The team of reviewers will be at SUNY Cortland April 15-18, 2012.

To complete the self-study process, our campus community looked at the 14 standards set by Middle States and determined how well we meet them. The standards focus on SUNY Cortland’s mission and goals, planning, resources, governance, administration, integrity, institutional assessment, student admissions, student services, faculty, curriculum, general education, related educational activities like distance learning, and student learning assessment.

Through the self-study process, the College found that it is both meeting the standards and successfully focusing on its four institutional priorities: academic excellence, transformational learning, well being, and maximizing resources, as outlined in our campus’ strategic plan.

The study is available for public review.