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Faculty, students from 1891 Oswego Normal School

Then: Assuring quality in academics and student experience has been a hallmark since the college's 1861 founding by Edward Austin Sheldon to provide a better way to train teachers. This 1891 photo shows a modest-sized faculty of 14 teachers (including Sheldon) with 46 students who took offerings on methods and subject matter for teacher training. Continued academic evolution -- especially as Oswego expanded with added liberal arts and science degrees in the mid-1960s and hired hundreds of professors to meet a student body surging toward several thousands -- called for more advanced methods of measuring how the institution could meet qualitative goals. (Photo courtesy of Penfield Library's Special Collections)

Julie Pretzat and Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt

Now: SUNY Oswego's re-acrreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Higher Education peaks next week with the visit of a re-accreditation team comprised of highly respected leaders from other institutions. The re-accreditation takes place every 10 years, and the current effort has involved more than 80 members of the campus community on a steering committee and eight work groups, under the guidance of co-chairs Julie Pretzat (left) and Elizabeth Dunne Schmitt. To read the self-study and to learn more about the process, visitwww.oswego.edu/academics/middlestates.html. (James Russell photo)