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:
    North Country Community College
    Saranac Lake, NY
  • Address:
    P. O. Box 89 23 Santanoni Avenue
    Saranac Lake, NY 12983
  • Phone:
    (518) 891-2915
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Sarah Maroun
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Terence Peavy, 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: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

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) Included within the scope:
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent 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
Adirondack Correctional Facility
196 Ray Brook Road
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Additional Location
Bare Hill Correctional Facility
181 Brand Road
Malone, NY 12953
Additional Location
FCI Ray Brook
128 Ray Brook Road
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Additional Location
Franklin Correctional Facility
62 Bare Hill Road
Malone, NY 12953
Additional Location
NCCC Malone
75 William Street
Malone, NY 12953
Additional Location
NCCC Ticonderoga
11 Hawkeye Trail
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
Additional Location
Akwesasne
71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way
Akwesasne, NY 13655
Other Instructional Site
Boquet Valley Central School District
7530 Court Street
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
Other Instructional Site
Brushton-Moira High School
1
Brushton, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Champlain Valley Educational Services-Mineville Campus
3092 Plank Road
Mineville, NY 12956
Other Instructional Site
Chateaugay High School
1
Chateaugay, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Clifton Fine Central School
PO Box 75
Star Lake, NY 13690
Other Instructional Site
Coxsackie-Athens Mid-High School
24 Sunset Boulevard
Coxsackie, NY 12051
Other Instructional Site
Crown Point Central School
1
Crown Point, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Edwards-Knox Central School
PO Box 630
Russell, NY 13684
Other Instructional Site
Elizabethtown-Lewis High School
1
Elizabethtown, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Franklin Academy
1
Malone, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES
23 Huskie Lane
Malone, NY 12953
Other Instructional Site
Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES
711 NYS Route 3
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Other Instructional Site
Gouverneur High School
113 East Barney Street
Gouverneur, NY 13642
Other Instructional Site
Hammond Central School
PO Box 185
Hammond, NY 13646
Other Instructional Site
Harrisville High School
1
Harrisville, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Hermon-DeKalb Central School
709 East De Kalb Road
De Kalb Junction, NY 13630
Other Instructional Site
Heuvelton Central School
87 Washington Street
Heuvelton, NY 13654
Other Instructional Site
Hugh C Williams Senior High School
99 State Street
Canton, NY 13617
Other Instructional Site
Indian Lake High School
1
Indian Lake, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Keene High School
1
Keene, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Lake Placid Central School
1
Lake Placid, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Lisbon Central School
6866 CR 10
Lisbon, NY 13658
Other Instructional Site
Long Lake Central School
PO Box 217
Long Lake, NY 12847
Other Instructional Site
Madrid-Waddington Central School
Route 345, PO Box 67
Madrid, NY 13660
Other Instructional Site
Massena Central High School
84 Nightengale Avenue
Massena, NY 13662-1998
Other Instructional Site
Minerva Central School
1
Olmstedville, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Moriah Central School
1
Port Henry, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Morristown Central School
408 Gouverneur Street
Morristown, NY 13664-0217
Other Instructional Site
Newcomb Central School
1
Newcomb, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Ogdensburg Free Academy High School
1100 State Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Other Instructional Site
Parishville-Hopkinton Central School
PO Box 187
Parishville, NY 13672
Other Instructional Site
Potsdam Central High School
29 Leroy Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
Other Instructional Site
Salmon River Central School
1
Fort Covington, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Saranac Lake Central School
1
Saranac Lake, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Schroon Lake High School
1
Schroon Lake, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
St. Lawrence BOCES
1
Fowler, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
St. Lawrence BOCES
1
Norwood, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
St. Lawrence BOCES
1
Ogdensburg, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
St. Lawrence High School
1
Brasher Falls, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
St. Regis Falls High School
1
St. Regis Falls, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Ticonderoga High School
1
Ticonderoga, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Tupper Lake High School
1
Tupper Lake, NY 1
Other Instructional Site
Unadilla Valley Central School
4238 State Highway 8, Box F
New Berlin, NY 13411
Other Instructional Site
Wells Central School
1571 NY30
Wells, NY 12190
Other Instructional Site
Willsboro High School
1
Willsboro, NY 1
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.

  • March 10, 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 2028-2029.
  • October 29, 2020
    To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2021 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • November 21, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement). To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2019, documenting (1) sustainability of implemented corrective measures (Standard V and Standard VI); (2) use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness (Standard V); and (3) improved financial viability and sustainability (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021. 
  • March 15, 2018
    To note the Commission Liaison Guidance Consultation conducted by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of November 16, 2017 to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy due to insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal, now Standard VI) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning, now Standard V). Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy due to insufficient evidence that the institution is in compliance with Standard 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation and Institutional Renewal, now Standard VI) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning, now Standard V). 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 two years. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2018, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards V (formerly Standard 14) and VI (formerly Standard 2), including but not limited to (1) development and implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard VI, formerly Standard 2); and (2) development and implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning and achievement of institutional goals (Standard V, formerly Standard 14). To request that the monitoring report also address (1) development of multi-year financial planning and an updated facilities master plan (Standard VI, formerly Standard 3); and (2) actions taken to assess and clarify the institution's governance processes (Standard VII, formerly Standard 4). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission's expectations. A small team visit will follow submission of the report. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • February 27, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the instructional sites at (1) Adirondack Correctional Facility, 196 Ray Brook Road, Ray Brook, NY 12977 and (2) FCI Ray Brook, 128 Ray Brook Road, Ray Brook, NY 12977 as additional locations and to include the locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of November 17, 2016 for a monitoring report due September 1, 2017. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2017, documenting (1) implementation of the new strategic plan linked to budget and enrollment, and shared with appropriate constituents (Standard 2); (2) steps taken to ensure the institution's financial viability (Standard 3); (3) assessment of the effectiveness of governance processes and procedures (Standard 4); and (4) further implementation of an organized, systematic process to assess student learning, with use of assessment results to inform teaching, learning, budget and planning (Standard 14). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • February 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online Certificate in Gerontology within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of August 31, 2015 regarding the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2016.
  • February 18, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from New York State Education Department and the State University of New York system and to include the online AA Liberal Arts: Humanities/Social Sciences degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include provisionally the online AA Liberal Arts: Humanities/Social Sciences degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of System and State approval. To remind the institution that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, should document effectiveness of the institution's faculty performance evaluation process (Standard 10).
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the progress report. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, document effectiveness of the institution's faculty performance evaluation process (Standard 10).
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2014, documenting (1) further implementation and assessment of strategic plan goals and objectives (Standard 2); and (2) evidence of implementation of newly revised faculty evaluation and promotion instruments (Standard 10). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • March 7, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm the inclusion of the additional location at Bare Hill Correctional Facility, 181 Brand Road, Malone, NY 12953 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • August 27, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To reclassify the existing instructional sites at Bare Hill Correctional Facility, 181 Brand Road, Malone, NY 12953 and Franklin Correctional Facility, 62 Bare Hill Road, Malone, NY 12953 to additional locations, and to include the additional locations provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit to one of the locations. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due by March 1, 2013, documenting (1) further progress in the implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to resource allocation decision-making and multi-year financial planning and budgeting processes (Standards 2 & 3); and (2) steps taken to ensure the effectiveness of faculty evaluation and promotion instruments and processes (Standard 10). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.

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).