The Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed SUNY Oswego’s accreditation in July, following a two-year self-study and external review process.
A team appointed by the commission to examine SUNY Oswego and how it fulfills its mission conducted a campus visit in April and praised the college in a report to the campus community.
“You should be really proud,” said Dr. F. Javier Cevallos, president at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and chair of the team of external evaluators. Calling the result of the four-day visit “a clean audit,” he said, “You’re doing a great job.”
Cevallos said the team found no grounds to issue recommendations or requirements, the two categories of findings that would oblige the college to follow up with corrective action. At the same time, Cevallos reported more than a dozen areas in which the team commended the college.
College President Deborah F. Stanley praised the college community, the campus reaccreditation steering committee and especially its co-chairs, Dr. Julie Pretzat and Dr. Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt, for the successful conclusion of the multiyear preparations for the college’s reaccreditation.
“This is certainly the most positive 10-year review our campus has had, and it testifies to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students in all that we do as a community of learners and teachers,” said Stanley, who has been president at Oswego since 1997.
“You care about student success, and it shows,” Cevallos said.
Accreditation by one of the regional accrediting bodies ensures that a college is offering an education of sound quality that adheres to recognized standards as well as making the institution eligible for federal funding.
Every 10 years, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education reaccredits SUNY Oswego. Prominent in the reaccreditation process are the campus self-study and the external review. The entire reaccreditation process helps evaluate SUNY Oswego’s progress over the past 10 years and inform plans for the future.