Statement of Accreditation Status

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

  • CEO: Mr. Mark Gearan, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Sarah Kirk
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2014
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024

Contact Information

337 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456

(315) 781-3000

www.hws.edu

  • October 14, 2022
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due October 28, 2022, providing: (1) written evidence from the United States Department of Education (USDE) that it acknowledges the new accrediting agency as the institution's primary accrediting agency (Requirement of Affiliation 5); (2) notification of the date by which the primary accreditor and gatekeeper with the USDE will change (Requirement of Affiliation 5); (3) copies of any additional correspondence between the institution and the other accreditor (Requirement of Affiliation 14); and (4) copies of any additional communications to the institution's community (students and other constituents) concerning the change in accreditor (Requirements of Affiliation 6 and 14, Public Disclosures Policy and Procedures). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • September 26, 2022
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due September 30, 2022, providing: (1) signed and dated letter briefly describing the rationale for the voluntary surrender of accreditation and the anticipated date of the voluntary surrender of accreditation (MARCHE Bylaws and Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures); (2) copies of all New York State requirements and approvals and pending requests for approvals regarding the voluntary surrender of the institution's accreditation status (Requirement of Affiliation 5); (3) information regarding any implications of the voluntary surrender of accreditation on Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Title IV/student financial aid program participation, including any correspondence or notification from the Federal Student Financial Aid Office of the United States Department of Education (Requirement of Affiliation 5); written documentation from the Federal Student Financial Aid Office of its approval to change accreditors (Requirement of Affiliation 5); (4) copies of all communications to the institution's community (students and other constituents) related to the surrender of accreditation as appropriate (Requirements of Affiliation 6 and 14, Public Disclosures Policy and Procedures); and (5) copies of all correspondence and materials submitted as part of the institution's application for accreditation process with another accreditor (Requirement of Affiliation 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • February 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To request that the next self-study, in preparation for a visit in 2023-2024, provide further evidence of (1) demonstrated strategies to measure and assess the adequacy of institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals (Standard VI) and (2) improved financial viability and sustainability (Standard VI).
  • 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 2023-2024.
  • June 26, 2014
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:

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