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 Potsdam
    Potsdam, NY
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Kristin Esterberg, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, medium, highly residential
  • Control:
    Public
  • Address:
    44 Pierrepont Avenue
    Potsdam, NY 13676-2294
  • Phone:
    (315) 267-2000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Jill Pearon
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1952
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • 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
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate

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
Derry Byrne Education Centre Ottawa
Ontario Dominican University College Ontario
Canada
Additional Location
Jefferson Community College
Coffeen St.
Watertown, NY 13601
Additional Location

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 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.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations 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).