101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Phone: (518) 564-2000; Fax: (518) 564-3932

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. John Ettling, President
System: State University of New York System Administration
Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246
Phone: (518) 320-1355; Fax: (518) 320-1560
Enrollment (Headcount): 5377 Undergraduate; 341 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- The State University of New York
2015 Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities - Larger Programs
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year), Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Master's Award/Cert/Diploma;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics ; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology ; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ; Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP)
Other Accreditors: American Chemical Society; American Association of Clinical Pathologists; Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs; Council on Social Work Education; National Association of School Psychologists
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Hamilton/Fulton/Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Services (HFM BOCES) Career and Technical Center, Johnstown, NY  (ANYA); Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY; SUNY Plattsburgh Extension Center at ACC, Queensbury, NY
Other Instructional Sites: CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, NY; Miner Institute, Chazy, NY; SUNY Adirondack Wilton Center, Wilton, NY
Status: Member since 1952
Last Reaffirmed: June 28, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 29, 2015: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Hamilton/Fulton/Montgomery Board of Cooperative Education Services (HFM BOCES) Career and Technical Center, State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12905 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 28, 2012: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study report and the quality of the self-study process. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting (1) further implementation of the strategic plan with evidence that assessment results are used to inform decision-making (Standard 2) and (2) further development of the general education program, including assessment processes (Standard 12). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
November 22, 2013: To note the institution's decision to not open the additional location at Meadowmount School of Music, 1424 County Route 10, Westport, New York and to remove the site from the institution's accreditation.
June 26, 2014: To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021 - 2022

Next Periodic Review Report: 2017

Date Printed: July 1, 2016


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 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.