Statement of Accreditation Status

Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, The

  • CEO: Ms. Laura Sparks, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Antoinette Torres
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1946
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2018
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027

Contact Information

30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

(212) 353-4251

  • 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 21, 2018
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request that beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to Mid-Point Peer Review in 2023, the institution provide further evidence of (1) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V), (2) improved financial viability and sustainability, (3) assessment of the adequacy and efficient utilization of institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals and (4)an annual independent audit confirming financial viability with evidence of follow-up on any cited concerns (Standard VI). To note the institution's obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to any investigations conducted by the institution or by state, federal, or other government agencies, including the New York Attorney General's Office. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the supplemental information report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further implementation of (1) analysis of the projected FY2016 budget relative to actual and budgeted enrollment for fall 2015 and spring 2016 (Standard 3); and (2) adoption of the new by-laws and related changes with respect to the functioning of the board of trustees (Standard 4). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • September 3, 2015
    To request a supplemental information report, due October 16, 2015, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implication for continued compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance), Standard 5 (Administration), and Standard 8 (Student Admissions and Retention).
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2017-2018.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:

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