STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

JEFFERSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1220 Coffeen Street
Watertown, NY 13601
Phone: (315) 786-2200; Fax: (315) 786-0158
www.sunyjefferson.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Carole A. McCoy, President
System: State University of New York System Administration
Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor
SUNY Plaza
353 Broadway
Albany, NY 12246
Phone: (518) 320-1355; Fax: (518) 320-1560
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 3003 Undergraduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- State University of New York
2015 Carnegie Classification: Associate's Colleges - High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
Other Accreditors: Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE); National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP); NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Fort Drum U.S. Military Installation, Fort Drum, NY
Other Instructional Sites: Bruce Wright Conference Center, Watertown, NY; Cape Vincent Correctional Facility, Cape Vincent, NY; Carthage Fire Department, Carthage, NY; Dry Hill Emergency Medical Services Center, Watertown, NY; Guilfoyle EMS Station, Watertown, NY; North Country Animal Health Center, Watertown, NY; Pla Mor Lanes, Watertown, NY; Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Syracuse, NY; SUP Sackets Harbor, Sackets Harbor, NY; Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo, Watertown, NY; Watertown Fire Department, Watertown, NY
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1969
Last Reaffirmed: June 25, 2015

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 25, 2015: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 18, 2010: To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation and to request a monitoring report, due by December 1, 2011, documenting (1) audited financial statements and management letters for FY 2010 and FY 2011 (Standard 3); (2) further steps taken to improve the institution's long-term financial viability (Standard 3); (3) progress in the implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and allocating resources (Standard 7); and (4) progress in the implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
March 1, 2012: To reject the monitoring report noting that the report provides limited institutional responses to requested information, and that the requested FY2011 audited financial statement and management letter were not available. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2012, documenting (1) audited financial statements and management letters for FY 2010 and FY 2011 (Standard 3); (2) further steps taken to improve the institution's long-term financial viability (Standard 3); (3) progress in the implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and allocating resources (Standard 7); and (4) progress in the implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
June 28, 2012: To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2013, documenting: (1) FY12 audited financial statements with evidence of follow-up on any concerns cited in prior year management letter findings; (2) further progress in strengthening the institution's long-term financial viability utilizing financial planning and budgeting processes that provide evidence of new or adapted strategies to enhance institutional support (Standard 3); and (3) further progress on the implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment results are used in budgeting, planning and allocating resources (Standard 7). The next evaluation visit is 2014-2015.
June 28, 2012: To note the recent communication with the Commission's representatives. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
June 27, 2013: To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023 - 2024

Date Printed: March 29, 2017

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at sc@msche.org) of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.