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:
    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art, The
    New York, NY
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Ms. Laura Sparks, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    30 Cooper Square
    New York, NY 10003
  • Phone:
    (212) 353-4251
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Antoinette Torres
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1946
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2018
  • 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:

  • Postsecondary award (2-4 yrs)
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

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

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.

  • 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.

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).