PLATTSBURGH — Plattsburgh State has been reaffirmed as an accredited university by one of the nation’s recognized, regional accrediting bodies.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a division of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, recently renewed the college’s accredited status through 2022.
“At a practical level, accreditation is crucial if students at Plattsburgh are going to be eligible for federal financial aid,” said Plattsburgh State President Dr. John Ettling.
”Achieving accreditation is something that’s expected, and we’re not surprised that we got it.”
The Middle States Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Eastern United States, including the District of Columbia, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as internationally.
Plattsburgh State’s 10-year accreditation is the culmination of a multi-year process, which required the college to conduct a nearly two-year self review and issue a self-study report to the Middle States Commission.
In addition, a team of 12 external reviewers visited the Plattsburgh State campus this March and evaluated the college based on standards set forth by Middle States. The standards address areas such as a university’s institutional resources, leadership and governance, administration, integrity, students admissions and retention, student support services, faculty, educational offerings and assessment of student learning.
In a written report of the findings from their campus visit, the reviewers commended Plattsburgh State for its Educational Opportunities Program, which caters to at-risk students, as well as the college’s dedication to providing support to all of its students.
”The college provides a wide range of activities and programs to meet students’ complex needs and interests ... Caring for the well-being of all students is evident in the daily activities of the college staff and faculty,” the report said.
Also noted by the reviewers was the teamwork demonstrated between college faculty and administration, the stability of the administration and the resources provided by Plattsburgh State’s Center for Teaching Excellence, which strives to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of faculty teaching.
”That we were commended in the (accreditation) process is something that caught us a bit by surprise,” Ettling said.
”We’re very pleased, and the external validation by a regional accrediting agency of the value of a Plattsburgh education is something that made us all very proud.”
”It’s good for us, for our morale. It makes us happy to come to work, (and) it’s good for our students because it’s not just us saying, ‘You’re getting something good here,’ it’s Midd
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