Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    City College of New York of the City University of New York, The
    New York, NY
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Vincent Boudreau, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, large, primarily nonresidential
  • Control:
    Public
  • Former Name(s):
    CUNY - City College (7/26/2010)
  • Address:
    160 Convent Ave
    New York, NY 10031
  • Phone:
    (212) 650-7000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Mary Ruth Strzeszewski
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2023

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Doctor of Medicine
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Center for Worker Education
25 Broadway 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Additional Location

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To request a supplemental information report due August 1, 2020, addressing the recent action by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) that may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution in now in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement). To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2020, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures, included but not limited to, implemented strategies to measure, assess, and benchmark the efficient utilization of institutional resources required to support the institution’s mission and goals (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative.
  • June 21, 2018
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance to two years. To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2019, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard VI, including but not limited to (1) a financial planning and budgeting process that is aligned with the institution’s missions and goals, evidence-based, and clearly linked to the institution’s and units’ strategic plans; and (2) strategies to measure and assess the adequacy and efficient utilization of institutional resources required to support the institution’s mission and goals (Standard VI). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Supplemental Information Report. To note the institution's obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to any investigation(s) conducted internally or by city, county, state, federal or other agencies (Requirement of Affiliation #5). Copies of the report(s) that follow from any of these internal or external investigations must be submitted to the Commission within 10 business days of their completion. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • March 2, 2017
    To document receipt of the supplemental information report because it provided limited institutional responses to requested information and did not present evidence and analysis in a manner conducive to Commission review. To request a supplemental information report, due August 1, 2017, providing documentation and analysis of (1) compliance with all applicable federal, state, and Commission reporting policies (Standard II and Requirement of Affiliation #5); (2) responsible fiscal management and adequate institutional controls to deal with financial operations, with evidence that policies and procedures for expenditure control are consistently followed (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation #11); and (3) steps taken to assure continuity and stability of the institution’s administration (Standard VII). To note the institution's obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to any investigation(s) conducted internally or by city, county, state, federal or other agencies (Requirement of Affiliation #14). Copies of the report(s) that follow from any of these internal or external investigations must be submitted to the Commission within 10 business days of their completion. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • October 24, 2016
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due December 1, 2016, addressing recent developments at the College which may have implications for current and future compliance with Requirements of Affiliation #5, #11, #14, Standard II (Ethics and Integrity), Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement), and Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and Administration).
  • February 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctor of Medicine degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the progress report. To request that the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2013, document evidence that all doctoral programs in engineering (1) make appropriate use of direct methods of assessment of student learning at the program level and (2) use student learning assessment information to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14).

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).