Statement of Accreditation Status

Dowling College

  • Phase: Formerly Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Withdrawn Final
  • Candidacy Granted: November 1, 1968
  • Accreditation Granted: April 23, 1971
  • Accreditation Ceased: August 31, 2016
On August 25, 2016, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved the teach-out plan developed by Dowling College because the institution's accreditation was withdrawn. The purpose of the teach-out plan is to assist students who are near completion of a credential finalize and complete academic requirements. To assist with the implementation of the teach-out plan, Dowling College entered into teach-out agreements with (1) Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY; (2) Excelsior College, Albany, NY; (3) Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, NY; (4) Long Island University, Brookville, NY; (5) St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY; and (6) Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, Flushing, NY. Students may obtain records at Long Island University, Brookville, NY. To note that accreditation ceased on August 31, 2016. As of September 1, 2016, Dowling College is no longer accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, (267-284-5011) www.msche.org. For more information, see the Commission's Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures.
  • August 25, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the documentation requested by the Commission action of June 23, 2016. To approve the teach-out agreements with Long Island University, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, St. Joseph's College, Farmingdale State College, Empire State College, and Excelsior College. To note that Long Island University, Brookville, NY has been designated as the repository of all Dowling student records. To remind the institution that Dowling College's accreditation has been withdrawn effective August 31, 2016.
  • June 23, 2016
    To withdraw accreditation from Dowling College effective August 31, 2016. This decision is based on the institution's spring 2014 self-study, peer evaluation team report and visit on March 23-26, 2014, and the institutional response to the report; the institution's March 1, 2015 monitoring report, the report of a subsequent visit by Commission representatives on March 16-17, 2015, and the institution's response to the report; a second monitoring report submitted by the institution on September 21, 2015, the report of a subsequent visit by Commission representatives on October 5-6, 2015, and the institution's response to the representatives' report; a show cause report submitted by the institution on March 1, 2016, the report of a subsequent visit by Commission representatives on April 4-5, 2016, and the institution's response to the representatives' report; and additional information submitted by the institution on June 23, 2016 and provided during an appearance before the Commission on June 23, 2016. These and prior institutional reports and responses have failed to document that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with the Commission's Requirements of Affiliation #3, #8, and #10, and with Commission Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To approve the teach-out plan submitted by the institution and to require Dowling College to (a) submit executed teach-out agreements, (b) implement the teach-out plan and teach-out agreements, (c) complete and issue transcripts for any students wishing to transfer to another institution, and (d) make appropriate arrangements for the permanent disposition of student records so that students and alumni will be able to obtain accurate and complete transcripts in the future, in the event that Dowling College does not continue to operate after August 31, 2016. To further require Dowling College to provide evidence to the Commission within 30 days of the date of the Commission's action letter of (a) the dissemination of this action letter to the Dowling College community, including all governing board members, students, full-time faculty and staff, and other faculty and staff members with significant roles; (b) notification to current and prospective students of the withdrawal of Middle States accreditation effective August 31, 2016; and (c) accurate information regarding the institution's Middle States accreditation status provided wherever the institution's web pages, publications, and announcements make reference to Middle States accreditation and in all other appropriate places and venues, such as wherever information is provided to prospective students.
  • February 12, 2016
    To note that the Commission will not consider the substantive change request to open a branch campus in Sri Lanka until accreditation has been reaffirmed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.