The Office of the President
July 20, 2022

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Administration,

Thanks to the efforts of the entire campus community, SUNY Oswego’s institutional accreditation was reaffirmed at the June 2022 board meeting held by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE’s reaffirmation of SUNY Oswego’s accreditation followed a two- and a half-year self-study process, led by Co-Chairs Associate Professor Rick Back and Chief of Staff Kristi Eck, that included over 80 members of the SUNY Oswego community, and culminated in a MSCHE (peer-review) evaluation team virtual visit in March 2022.

This reaffirmation of accreditation through MSCHE demonstrates that our university meets the Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation and enables SUNY Oswego and its students to remain eligible to receive federal student aid and grants. It also demonstrates SUNY Oswego’s commitment to our mission, vision, values and institutional priorities.

Throughout this important process, and most recently in the MSCHE self-study evaluation team report, SUNY Oswego was recognized for the following accomplishments and innovative practices:

  • Mission and institutional goals/priorities
  • Initiatives that promote a diverse and inclusive climate among students, faculty, staff, and administration
  • Our efforts in the areas of environmental sustainability and ecological stewardship
  • Curriculum innovation
  • Well-organized learning outcomes assessment process
  • Holistic approach to assessing co-curricular learning
  • Data informed assessment and decision-making  

The productive visit was possible through the engagement our campus community had with members of the evaluation team. Thank you. We all share in celebrating the positive feedback we received and in this reaffirmation of accreditation.

Details on the MSCHE accreditation action are available in the MSCHE Institutional Directory listing for SUNY Oswego, and our reports can be found on our Middles States Self-Study website.

I extend a hearty thank you to Self-Study co-chairs Dr. Rick Back and Kristi Eck for their leadership, the steering committee (representing all divisions of our institution, faculty governance and the UUP and CSEA unions), and the many faculty, staff, students, alumni, retirees, College Council and community members who participated and contributed countless hours to the process, the Self-Study report, the Middle States virtual team visit, and ultimately, the reaccreditation. Together, you told our story, showcased our investment in student success and displayed our commitment to academic and operational excellence at SUNY Oswego. I look forward to our continued examination, reflection, analysis and action that will continue to propel our university forward for years to come.

With appreciation and Oswego pride,

Mary C. Toale, Ed.D.
Officer in Charge

Office of the President
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