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:
    SUNY College at Cortland
    Cortland, NY
  • Address:
    Miller Administration Building Graham Avenue
    Cortland, NY 13045-0900
  • Phone:
    (607) 753-2201
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Carol Van Der Karr
  • 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: 1949
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2029-2030
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Alternative Delivery Methods

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

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by 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 Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Therapeutic Recreation
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope:

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
Brauer Memorial Field Research Station
560 Old Quarry Road
Selkirk, NY 12158
Other Instructional Site
Cortland Lanes
391 Tompkins Street Ext.
Cortland, NY 13045
Other Instructional Site
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
2000 NYS Rt. 392
Cortland, NY 13045
Other Instructional Site
Outdoor Education Center
540 Antlers Road Raquette Lake, NY
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Other Instructional Site

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 23, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2029-2030.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13045. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. 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 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first post-baccalaureate certificate (Therapeutic Recreation) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To note that the Periodic Review Report has been received and will be acted upon by the Commission at the November meeting.
  • November 17, 2016
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13401 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first and second distance education programs in: (1) online M.S. in Sport Management and (2) online M.S.Ed. in Physical Education Leadership within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of June 28, 2012, regarding the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2017.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from Mohawk Valley Graduate Center, Donovan Hall, Room 1223, SUNY IT, Utica, NY 13504 to Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, NY 13401 and to include the new additional location provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months. To note that this action is not retroactive. To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2017, document (1) further development of a comprehensive strategic planning process that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2) and (2) further development of measurable learning goals at the program and course levels for all academic programs (Standard 14).

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).