STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

DOWLING COLLEGE
Idle Hour Boulevard
Oakdale, NY 11769-1999
Phone: (631) 244-3000; Fax: (631) 563-9681
www.dowling.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Albert F. Inserra, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 1784 Undergraduate; 670 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
Carnegie Classification: Master's - Larger Programs
Approved Degree Levels: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's, Post-Master's Award/Cert/Diploma, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship (EdD in Educational Administration);
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Other Accreditors: The School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Aviation Management Degree program is accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bethpage, NY; Brentwood School District, Brentwood, NY; Brookhaven, Brookhaven, NY; Brooklyn Site, Brooklyn, NY  (ANYA); Connetquot School District, Bohemia, NY; Dowling Institute Teachers Center, Oakdale, NY; Estee Lauder, Melville, NY; Famingdale School District, Farmingdale, NY; Federal Express, New York, NY; Franklin Square Site, Franklin Square, NY  (ANYA); Islip School District, West Islip, NY; KeySpan, Brooklyn, NY; Longwood High School District, Middle Island, NY; Manhattan Site, New York, NY  (ANYA); Melville Center, Melville, NY; North Babylon School District, North Babylon, NY; NYC Transit, Brooklyn, NY; Sachem Central School District, Holbrook, NY; Scope Ed Services, Smithtown, NY; State Farm, Ballston Spa, NY; Teachers Federal Credit Union, Farmingville, NY; Telephonics, Farmingdale, NY; William Floyd School District, Mastic Beach, NY
Other Instructional Sites: None
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1971
Last Reaffirmed: November 20, 2008

Most Recent Commission Action:
November 19, 2015: To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To require the institution to show cause, by March 1, 2016, as to why its accreditation should not be withdrawn. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations and to note that the institution remains accredited while on show cause. The institution is required to present its case for continued accreditation by means of a show cause report documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Requirement of Affiliation 8 (Documented Financial Resources). An on-site evaluation will follow submission of the report. The purpose of the on-site evaluation is to verify the information provided in the show cause report and the institution's ongoing and sustainable compliance with the Commission's accreditation standards. To request that the show cause report document evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Commission standards including, but not limited to documented evidence of financial viability and sustainability to include (1) audited financial statements for FY15; (2) budget projections for FY16-FY19 and analysis of underlying assumptions, including the enrollment assumptions for each year; (3) a comprehensive fundraising plan complete with annual financial targets and potential comprehensive campaign prospects, as well as an implementation timeline, identified responsible parties and the resources required; (4) a comprehensive debt repayment plan complete with the actions required to ensure sufficient cash flow to meet all required payments in FY16 and FY17; and (5) the most recent Federal Financial Responsibility Score from the U.S. Department of Education and evidence that the institution is in compliance with federal monitoring requirements (Standard 3). To also request that the institution complete and submit for approval, by March 1, 2016, a written teach-out plan describing how, if the Commission withdraws accreditation, students will be accommodated. In accordance with Commission policy and federal regulations, the teach-out plan must provide for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education, and include any teach-out agreements that the institution has entered into or intends to enter into with another institution. Approvals from any licensing, regulatory or other legal entities as may be necessary must also be provided to the Commission.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 20, 2008: To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to request a monitoring report, due by March 1, 2009, documenting steps taken to improve the institution's short- and long-term financial viability (Standard 3). To request a second monitoring report, due by March 1, 2010, documenting (1) further implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) further implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including enrollment assumptions and steps taken to improve student retention (Standard 8); (3) steps taken to implement consistent processes for the evaluation of faculty across programs (Standard 10); (4) steps taken to ensure adequate faculty staffing of new academic programs (Standard 10); and (5) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the March 1, 2010 monitoring report. To direct a prompt staff visit to explain the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-13.
March 5, 2009: To thank the institution for receiving the Commission's representative. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2010, documenting (1) further implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) further implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including enrollment assumptions and steps taken to improve student retention (Standard 8); (3) steps taken to implement consistent processes for the evaluation of faculty across programs (Standard 10); (4) steps taken to ensure adequate faculty staffing of new academic programs (Standard 10); and (5) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the report. To note that the Commission will act at its June 2009 meeting on the monitoring report due March 1, 2009. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-13.
April 29, 2009: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Master of Business Administration in Management and Leadership program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2010, documenting (1) further implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) further implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including enrollment assumptions and steps taken to improve student retention (Standard 8); (3) steps taken to implement consistent processes for the evaluation of faculty across programs (Standard 10); (4) steps taken to ensure adequate faculty staffing of new academic programs (Standard 10); and (5) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the report. To note that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2009, has been received and is under Commission review. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-13.
June 25, 2009: To accept the monitoring report. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2010, documenting (1) further implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) progress toward achieving fiscal stability and an updated audited financial statement (Standard 3); (3) further implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including enrollment assumptions and steps taken to improve student retention (Standard 8); (4) steps taken to implement consistent processes for the evaluation of faculty across programs (Standard 10); (5) steps taken to ensure adequate faculty staffing of new academic programs (Standard 10); and (6) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-2013.
January 4, 2010: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Master of Business Administration in Aviation Management program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2010, documenting (1) further implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2); (2) progress toward achieving fiscal stability and an updated audited financial statement (Standard 3); (3) further implementation of a comprehensive enrollment management plan, including enrollment assumptions and steps taken to improve student retention (Standard 8); (4) steps taken to implement consistent processes for the evaluation of faculty across programs (Standard 10); (5) steps taken to ensure adequate faculty staffing of new academic programs (Standard 10); and (6) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-2013.
June 24, 2010: To accept the monitoring report and to indicate that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2012-2013.
June 3, 2011: To grant the institution a one-year extension on the self-study. The self-study year will now be 2013-2014 with an evaluation team visit occurring during the fall semester 2013 or the spring semester 2014.
June 26, 2014: To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2015, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 3, 7 and 14, including but not limited to (1) a multi-year financial plan demonstrating the college's financial viability and aligned with the strategic plan, enrollment management plan and associated budgets (Standard 3); (2) a documented, organized and sustained process to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services (Standard 7); (3) measurable outcomes at the unit level which are aligned with institutional goals (Standard 7); (4) a documented, organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14); and (5) institutional support for student learning assessment processes (Standard 14). In addition, to request that the monitoring report also provide evidence of completion of the new strategic plan supporting mission and institutional goals (Standard 2). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
November 20, 2014: To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution that it has been warned that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2015, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 3, 7 and 14, including but not limited to (1) a multi-year financial plan demonstrating the college's financial viability and aligned with the strategic plan, enrollment management plan and associated budgets (Standard 3); (2) a documented, organized and sustained process to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services (Standard 7); (3) measurable outcomes at the unit level which are aligned with institutional goals (Standard 7); (4) a documented, organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14); and (5) institutional support for student learning assessment processes (Standard 14). In addition, to request that the monitoring report also provide evidence of completion of the new strategic plan supporting mission and institutional goals (Standard 2). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be set when accreditation is reaffirmed.
June 25, 2015: To accept the monitoring report and note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To note that the institution is now in compliance with Standards 7 (Institutional Assessment) and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To continue to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2015, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 3 including, but not limited to evidence of financial viability and sustainability with updated fall enrollments, student retention data, audited financial statements, multi-year budgets and a detailed enrollment management plan that supports the five-year financial plan (Standard 3). In addition, to request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2016 documenting (1) metrics that assess strategic plan progress and clearly articulate the linkage between planning, assessment and resource allocation (Standards 2 and 7); and (2) use of assessment results to improve programs, services, teaching and learning. (Standards 7 and 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the September 1, 2015 monitoring report. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
June 29, 2015: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the following additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation to be effective upon receipt of State approval: (1) Brooklyn Site, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; (2) Franklin Square Site, 760 Washington Street, Franklin Square, NY 11010; and (3) Manhattan Site, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at these additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To request that the monitoring report, due October 1, 2016, also include an assessment of the impact of these additional locations on the institution's resources and its ability to fulfill its institutional mission and goals (Standard 13). To remind the institution of the continuation to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To also remind the institution of the monitoring report, due September 1, 2015, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 3 including, but not limited to evidence of financial viability and sustainability with updated fall enrollments, student retention data, audited financial statements, multi-year budgets and a detailed enrollment management plan that supports the five-year financial plan (Standard 3). In addition, to remind the institution of the monitoring report, due October 1, 2016 documenting (1) metrics that assess strategic plan progress and clearly articulate the linkage between planning, assessment and resource allocation (Standards 2 and 7); and (2) use of assessment results to improve programs, services, teaching and learning. (Standards 7 and 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the September 1, 2015 monitoring report. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
September 25, 2015: To note that state approval for the additional locations at (1) Brooklyn Site, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201; (2) Franklin Square Site, 760 Washington Street, Franklin Square, NY 11010; and (3) Manhattan Site, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 were not necessary and to include the locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at these additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: n/a

Next Periodic Review Report: n/a

Date Printed: February 13, 2016

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution. The location is independent if the location: 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.

Additional Location - A location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program. 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.

Other Instructional Sites - A location, other than a branch campus or additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit.

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.