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July 10, 2002
OSWEGO -- The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools notified SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley this week that it has reaffirmed the college's accreditation.
Like every reputable institution of higher learning in the United States, SUNY Oswego undergoes an accreditation review every 10 years. A nine-member evaluation team visited the campus in April after reviewing the college's self-study report and documentation.
The team included two commendations for SUNY Oswego in its 25-page evaluation report. "The first-year retention program that consists of First-Year Advisement, FirstChoice, First-Year Residential Experience, and Sheldon Leader Program is an area of distinction for the college and should be commended," the team wrote in the report. It added special commendation for the scholarship funds available to students for international study.
"We are pleased to have our accreditation reaffirmed," said President Stanley, "and we are especially gratified to see our hard work in developing our vision of a learner-centered campus acknowledged with these commendations, which we understand are not handed out lightly."
Oswego's initiatives for first-year students are designed to acclimate them to college life and to the Oswego campus community to help them get the maximum benefit from their undergraduate education. The college has also made special effort to make international study an option for students regardless of their economic background.
Both initiatives are examples of many steps SUNY Oswego faculty and staff have taken to enrich the learning experience for students, Stanley said.
The accreditation review team made six recommendations ranging from including the college's mission statement in course catalogs to eliminating non-viable programs.
"Some of the recommendations and suggestions we have already attended to," President Stanley said, "while others involve complexities in SUNY's approach to program approval and resource allocation that will require further consideration."
Headed by Marlene Springer, president of the College of Staten Island/CUNY, the accreditation review team included faculty and administrators from Towson University, Salisbury University, the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, New Jersey City University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
"I'm delighted to say you all came out very well," Springer told the campus accreditation steering committee in her exit presentation. "You've been doing a lot of things right."
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