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Regional Accreditation

Regional Accreditation

(Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

The State University of New York has a strong commitment to rigorous and regular assessment to enhance excellence in all aspects of academic and institutional achievement.  This commitment was most recently expressed by Trustees Resolution 2010-039, adopted in March 2010, requiring campuses to “enhance quality by developing and implementing plans for the regular assessment of institutional effectiveness, academic programs and general education, such that the campus meets or exceeds the assessment standards set by the New York State Department of Education, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and, as appropriate, programmatic accreditation bodies”.  It is understood that regional accreditation is a formative process, intended to assist institutions by means of self study and peer review to reflect on their practices while focusing on student learning. In accordance with this commitment, SUNY is providing campuses with the following resources and contacts in support of regional accreditation processes, including self study, periodic review reporting, monitoring reports, team visits and follow-up visits.

A schedule of all SUNY institutions experiencing regional accreditation activities with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).


MSCHE Liaison: an MSCHE Vice President assigned to an individual campus. Assigned liaisons are found in the detail view under the name of each institution. 

Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):    an individual from each campus who serves as the primary contact for regional accreditation issues.   

SUNY System LiaisonsSUNY representatives assigned to accompany a visiting team to a campus for an accreditation visit.

Accreditation Liaison Officers Listserv
This listserv is specifically dedicated for use by those individuals appointed by their campuses to serve as Middle States Accreditation Liaison Officers (ALOs).  By request from ALOs, others on the campus who are chairing accreditation activities such as self-studies, Periodic Review Reports (PRR), monitoring reports, and team visits may be added. In this forum, participants will be able to ask questions and share ideas on how to prepare for campus visits, accreditation processes, supporting evidence, etc. This listserv will facilitate communication among those most actively engaged in accreditation processes within the SUNY system and should allow for the sharing of expertise and best practices, as well as problem solving.  To update contacts for  the listserv, ALOs should send an e-mail to Assessment.

SUNY Governance: A narrative description of the various types of governance across the University. For additional information about SUNY governance and the Middle States fundamental elements of governance (Standard Four), ALOs should send an e-mail to Assessment.

GASB 45 Compliance‌ - Community Colleges

Certification Statements for SUNY Campuses

Certification Statement: Compliance with Title IV. This statement should be attached to the Executive Summary of the Self Study.

Certification Statement: Compliance with MSCHE Requirements of Affiliation and Related Entities Policy. This statement must be signed by the Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Resources from the MSCHE website

Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS). Provides institutional information including campus contacts, campus Accreditation Liaison Officers, any follow-up activity needed, and next accreditation action. The SAS also provides the name of the MSCHE liaison assigned to the campus. These statements are found under the name of each institution.

Characteristics of Excellence (Accreditation Standards)

Self Study: Creating a useful process and report (Self study design)

Handbook for conducting and hosting a team visit (for institutions preparing for decennial peer evaluation)

Handbook for Periodic Review Reports

Credit hour policy
Degree and Credit guidelines
HEOA requirements

Guidelines for Follow-up Reports and Visits

Summary of Commission Actions and Types of Evidence Suggested for Follow-up

 Document Roadmap template (listing relevant documents for each standard)

 Policy on Substantive Change (conditions meeting substantive change definitions, and when to report them)

Substantive Change FAQs   

Expectations for Governing Boards

Publications on Assessment, General Education, Distance Learning, Information Literacy, and more

Team Associate

ALO newsletters 


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