Statement of Accreditation Status

SUNY College at Potsdam

  • CEO: Dr. Philip Neisser, Officer-in-Charge
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Gordon Plague
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Anne Wahl, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Non-Compliance Warning
  • Accreditation Granted: 1952
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2029-2030

Contact Information

44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676-2294

(315) 267-2000

www.potsdam.edu

  • November 17, 2022
    To note that the Commission Liaison Guidance Visit occurred on August 3, 2022. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2029-2030.
  • August 25, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Ontario Dominican University College, Ontario, Canada that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2029-2030.
  • 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 warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment), Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement), and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 11. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance. To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2023, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards V, VI, and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 11 including but not limited to (1) documentation that its student learning programs are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V and Requirement of Affiliation 8); (2) demonstrated sufficiency of resources to fulfill its mission and goals and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11); and (3) clearly stated, aligned, and coherent institutional and unit objectives, with evidence of the implementation of a systematic, organized, and sustained assessment process demonstrating that institutional and unit stakeholders have considered and used assessment results in planning, budgeting, and the improvement of institutional and unit effectiveness (Standard VI). To request that the monitoring report also include adequate financial information that allows Commission representatives to assess the financial viability and management of the institution, including where appropriate, an accurate description of the flow of funding to or from the institution and the related entity (Related Entities Policy and Procedures). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To note the visit may also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2029-2030.
  • March 2, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at 1110 Tibbits Drive, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences 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.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second alternative delivery method-distance education (Master of Science in Management) within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including State University of New York (SUNY) and New York State Education Department (NYSED). To note that the Commission may rescind this action if 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.
  • 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 2021-2022.
  • February 13, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of written approvals from New York State Education Department for the online Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in College Teaching and include within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • January 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first and second Post-Master's Award/Cert/Diploma programs (Certificate of Advanced Study [C.A.S.] in College Teaching and Certificate of Advanced Study [C.A.S.] in Inclusive and Special Education) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • January 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Alternative Delivery Method program [online Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in College Teaching] within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of all necessary approvals. 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.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2017, document further steps taken to use the results of institutional assessment processes to improve programs, services, planning, budgeting, and resource allocation (Standard 7).
  • June 28, 2012
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of its self-study process and self-study report. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2014, documenting (1) clarification of mission (Standard 1) and (2) steps taken to use the results of institutional assessment processes to improve programs, services, planning, budgeting, and resource allocation (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Ogdensburg, NY and to remove the location from the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2011-2012.
  • 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:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Jefferson Community College
    Coffeen St.
    Watertown, NY 13601
  • Additional Location
    Riverview Correctional Center
    1110 Tibbits Drive
    Ogdensburg, NY 13669
    Opened: 08/30/2021

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