Accreditation reaffirmed, progress report due in two years
The Middle States Association’s Commission on Higher Education acted at the end of June to reaffirm SUNY Oswego’s accreditation, the last step in the decennial reaccreditation process.
The commission acted after receiving the written report from the team of external evaluators, along with the college’s response, and hearing a presentation by F. Javier Cevallos, president at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and chair of the team of external evaluators.
Cevallos said the team found no grounds to issue either 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.
The commission requires two actions before Oswego’s next decennial review in 2021 and 2022: first, a progress report due in 2014 showing that the college is using assessment findings to support strategic decisions and that college and unit goals are integrated with one another; and second, a Periodic Review Report due in 2017.
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.
More information about Oswego’s 2012 reaccreditation effort is available online at http://www.oswego.edu/academics/middlestates.
(Posted: Aug 28, 2012)