Statement of Accreditation Status

SUNY College at Potsdam

  • CEO: Dr. Kristin Esterberg, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Jill Pearon
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, medium, highly residential
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1952
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

44 Pierrepont Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676-2294

(315) 267-2000

www.potsdam.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Additional Location
    Derry Byrne Education Centre Ottawa
    Ontario Dominican University College Ontario
    Canada
  • Additional Location
    Jefferson Community College
    Coffeen St.
    Watertown, NY 13601

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