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:
    Columbia-Greene Community College
    Hudson, NY
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Carlee Drummer, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Associate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional » Two-year, small
  • Control:
    Public
  • Address:
    4400 Route 23
    Hudson, NY 12534
  • Phone:
    (518) 828-4181
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Casey O'Brien
  • 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: 1975
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2013
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2027

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:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year)
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent

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
Brookwood Secure Center
419 Spookrock Road
Claverack, NY 12513
Additional Location
Cairo-Durham High School
1301 New York 145
Cairo, NY 12413
Additional Location
Catskill Senior High School
341 West Main St
Catskill, NY 12414
Additional Location
Chatham High School
50 Woodbridge Ave
Chatham, NY 12037
Additional Location
Coxsackie-Athens High School
24 Sunset Blvd
Coxsackie, NY 12051
Additional Location
Germantown Junior Senior High School
123 Main St
Germantown, NY 12526
Additional Location
Greene Correctional Facility
165 Plank Road
Coxsackie, NY 12051
Additional Location
Greenville High School
4976 New York 81
Greenville, NY 12083
Additional Location
Hudson High School
215 Harry Howard Ave
Hudson, NY 12534
Additional Location
Hunter-Tannersville High School
6094 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485
Additional Location
Ichabod Crane High School
2910 Route 9
Valatie, NY 12184
Additional Location
New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School
14665 Route 22
Lebanon, NY 12125
Additional Location
Taconic Hills Junior/Senior High School
73 County Route 11A
Craryville, NY 12521
Additional Location
Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School
5411 Route 23
Windham, NY 12496
Additional Location
Columbia Secure Center for Girls
419 Spook Rock Road
Claverack, NY 12513
Other Instructional Site
Columbia-Greene Educational Center
131 Union Turnpike
Hudson, NY 12534
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 25, 2020
    To note the substantive change site visit occurred on February 25, 2020 to the additional location at Ichabod Crane Senior High School, 2910 Route 9, Valatie, NY 12184 and the information provided in the substantive change request was verified. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • 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 2022-2023.
  • March 5, 2020
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative. To affirm inclusion of the additional location at the Brookwood Secure Center, 419 Spookrock Road, Claverack, NY 12513 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the other instructional sites at (1) Cairo-Durham High School, 1301 Route 145, Cairo, NY 12413; (2) Catsill Senior High School, 341 West Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414; (3) Chatham High School, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037; (4) Coxsackie-Athens High School, 24 Sunset Boulevard, Coxsackie, NY 12051; (5) Germantown Junior Senior High School, 123 Main Street, Germantown, NY 12526; (6) Greenville High School, 4976 Route 81, Greenville, NY 12083; (7) Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue, Hudson, NY 12534; (8) Hunter-Tannersville Middle School High School, 6094 Main Street, Tannersville, PA 12485; (9) Ichabod Crane Senior High School, 2910 Route 9, Valatie, NY 12184; (10) New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School, 14665 Route 22, Lebanon, NY 12125; (11) Taconic Hills Junior/Senior High School, 73 County Route 11A, Craryville, NY 12521; and (12) Windham Ashland Central School, 5411 Route 23, Windham, NY 12496 as additional locations and to include the locations within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To direct a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations as an additional location at one of these locations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations as an additional location. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • June 21, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission’s representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Greene Correctional Facility, 165 Plank Road, Coxsackie, NY 12051 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • April 30, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the other instructional site at Brookwood Secure Center, 419 Spookrock Road, Claverack, NY 12513 as an additional location and to provisionally include the location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the additional location at Greene Correctional Facility, 165 Plank Road, Coxsackie, NY 12051 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at this location. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online AAS in Business within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report and to note that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • March 7, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning and to reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To request a monitoring report due by September 1, 2014, documenting evidence (1) of the further development and implementation by all non-academic units of assessment processes that use substantive and direct measures to evaluate and improve outcomes that are clearly related to unit as well as institutional mission and goals, (2) that assessment results are shared and discussed with all appropriate constituents and are used in institutional planning and renewal, and (3) of institutional efforts to determine that assessment processes are of sufficient simplicity, practicality, detail and ownership to be sustainable (Standard 7). A visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2018.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To note that the institution is now in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal), and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To continue to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due December 1, 2012, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment). To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, evidence of the development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for (1) the assessment of institutional effectiveness, in relation to the goals of the institution's new strategic plan, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and the allocation of resources (Standard 7). In addition, to request that the monitoring report also provide evidence of (2) the implementation of a new institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making, budgeting and resource allocation processes (Standard 2) and (3) the further development and implementation of an organized and sustained process for the assessment of student learning outcomes (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date for the next Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • November 17, 2011
    To note the recent communication with the Commission’s representative and to remind the institution that it has been warned that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of a lack of evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), 7 (Institutional Assessment), and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards 2, 7 & 14. The monitoring report should include, but not be limited to, documentation of (1) the development and implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making, budgeting and resource allocation processes (Standard 2); (2) the development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and allocating resources (Standard 7); (3) the development and implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and implement student learning (Standard 14); and (4) the development and implementation of a clear and accessible transfer credit policy (Standard 8). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The due date of the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 23, 2011
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation & Institutional Renewal), 7 (Institutional Assessment), and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards 2, 7 and 14. To request the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, documenting (1) the development and implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making, budgeting and resource allocation processes (Standard 2); (2) the development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning and allocating resources (Standard 7); and (3) the development and implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and implement student learning (Standard 14). To further request that the monitoring report document (4) the development and implementation of a clear and accessible transfer credit policy (Standard 8). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations for reporting. To further note that the Periodic Review Report submission date will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.

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).