Statement of Accreditation Status

SUNY Empire State College

  • CEO: Ms. Beth Berlin, Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Eileen McDonnell
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Ellie Fogarty, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, medium, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1974
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2027-2028
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

Contact Information

One Union Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(518) 587-2100

www.esc.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 214 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at E121-122 Extended Learning Center, 1220 Coffeen St, Watertown, NY 13601. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 3 Washington Center, Newburgh, NY 12550. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 21 British American Boulevard, Latham, NY 12110. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 305 East Fairmount Avenue Suite 5, Lakewood, NY 14750. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 118 N. Tioga Street Suite 502, Ithaca, NY 14850. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Room 1A11, Hauppauge, NY 11788. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 36 Ellicott Street, Batavia, NY 14020. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Pioneer Center, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 15829 Archer Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432 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 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Rockland Community College, 145 College, Road, Suffern, NY 10901 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 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 2027-2028.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 1325 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • October 29, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown, NY 12095. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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.
  • June 25, 2020
    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 United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2021 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2024, the institution provide further evidence of (1) demonstrated and documented use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness  (Standard V) and (2) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate institutional effectiveness (Standard VI). 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 2027-2028.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan. To approve the teach-out plan. To note that the institution will conduct and complete its own teach-out by August 30, 2020 and that teach-out agreements are not required.
  • June 17, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at 25 North Street, Canandaigua NY 14424. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases 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 2027-2028.
  • February 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution’s decision to close the additional location at Empire State College, 303 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY, 11901. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. To note 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 2019-2020.
  • February 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan. To approve the teach-out plan. To note that the institution will conduct and complete its own teach-out by April 24, 2020, and that teach-out agreements are not required.
  • January 3, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the Empire State College additional location at Trainor House, 223 Store Hill Road, PO Box 130, Old Westbury, NY 11568 to SUNY Empire State College - Garden City, 1325 Franklin Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the new location and of the date that instruction ceases at the former location. To note the Commission may rescind this action if instruction at this location does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Post-master’s Certificate program in Nursing Education within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note 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 2019-2020.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the Empire State College- Nanuet additional location to Suffern, Rockland Community College, 145 College Road, Suffern, NY 10901 within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the new location and of the date that instruction ceases at the former location. To note the Commission may rescind this action if instruction at this location does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the Empire State College at Alfred State College additional location to Alfred, Pioneer Center, 10 Upper College Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the new location and of the date that instruction ceases at the former location. To note the Commission may rescind this action if instruction at this location does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • April 30, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Selden, 407 College Road, Selden, NY 11784 within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • August 27, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution’s accreditation the relocation of the additional location from Niagara Frontier Center of Empire State College, 80 Main Street, Suite A, Lockport, NY 14094 to Lockport, Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY 14132. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old 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 2019-2020.
  • April 30, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's – Professional Practice program (Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 20.
  • March 5, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution’s accreditation the relocation of the additional location from Empire State College at Corning/Elmira, 318 Park Avenue, Corning, NY 14830 to Corning, 2-8 Denison Parkway East, Corning, NY 14830. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old 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 2019-2020.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 22, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution's accreditation the contractual arrangement with Flatiron School as part of the institution's participation in the USDE EQUIP initiative. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-20.
  • January 3, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include within the scope of the institution’s accreditation the relocation of the additional location from Niagara Frontier Center of Empire State College, 112 West Main Street, Suite 1, Fredonia, NY 14063 to SUNY Fredonia State College, 214 Central Ave, Dunkirk, NY 14048. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the new location and the closure of the old location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • January 3, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 216 River Street, Troy, NY 12180 and to approve the teach-out plan. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of the additional location. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 2020.
  • October 31, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the institution's general approach to competency-based education (CBE). To recognize the following as limited direct assessment CBE programs (less than 50%) and to include the programs within the scope of the institution's accreditation: AA, AS, BA, BPS, and BS in Business, Management and Economics; BPS in Technology; and AA, AS, BA, and BS in Science, Mathematics and Technology. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 2020.
  • June 27, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from Genesee Valley, 1475 Winton Road North, Rochester, NY 14609 to the Rochester Learning Center, 680 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14620 and to include the new additional location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at the new additional location campus and the closure of the old location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • April 5, 2016
    To note that the correct credential level for the Certificate in Manufacturing is Post-secondary Award/Cert/Diploma (<1year).
  • February 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the institution's general approach to competency-based education (CBE). To recognize the following as limited direct assessment CBE programs (less than 50%) and to include the programs within the scope of the institution's accreditation: Bachelor of Science in Business, Management and Economics (Information Technology Track) and Bachelor of Science in Science, Mathematics and Technology (Information Technology Track). To remind the institution of the Commission’s request of November 19, 2015 for a progress report due October 1, 2017. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2017, documenting evidence that student learning assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019 - 2020.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Certificate in Manufacturing Management (Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years) within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Jamaica Queens, 15829 Archer Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note that the Commission will act on the Periodic Review Report at its November meeting.
  • June 30, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to approve the relocation of the following additional locations: (1) Jamestown Unit from 525 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY 14701 to 305 Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY 14750 and (2) Schenectady Unit from 328 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 to 245 Broadway, Schenectady, NY 12305 and to include the new additional locations within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • July 2, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to reclassify the following instructional sites as additional locations, and to include the additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation: (1) 2500 Halsey Street, Bronx , NY, 10461; (2) 335 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201; (3) 52 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004; (4) 97-77 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, NY, 11374; and (5) 4456 Amboy Rd, Staten Island, NY, 10312. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • May 1, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the postsecondary certificate in Business and Environmental Sustainability within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at this additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual agreement with the Education and Learning Trust (ELT) of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • March 3, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at 216 River Street, 3rd Floor, Rice Building, Troy, NY 12180 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at this additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • 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:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Nursing Education
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Approved to offer ONE program at this credential level: Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change
  • Additional Location
    Alfred
    Pioneer Center, 10 Upper College Drive,
    Alfred, NY 14802
    Opened: 04/29/2019
  • Additional Location
    Corning
    2-8 Denison Parkway East
    Corning, NY 14830
    Opened: 10/11/2018
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    118 N. Tioga Street Suite 502
    Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    4585 West Seneca Turnpike
    Syracuse, NY 13215
    Opened: 06/27/2012
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    177 Livingston Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    325 Hudson Street Fifth Floor
    New York, NY 10013
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    500 Seaview Avenue Suite 230
    Staten Island, NY 10305
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    228 Fisher Avenue
    White Plains, NY 10606
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    442 Beaumont Hall 101 Broad Street
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    36 Ellicott Street
    Batavia, NY 14020
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    6333 Route 298 3rd floor
    East Syracuse, NY 13057
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    21 British American Boulevard
    Latham, NY 12110
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    Regional Higher Education Center Adirondack Community College 640 Bay Road
    Queensbury, NY 12804
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    210 North Central Avenue
    Hartsdale, NY 10530
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    197 Franklin Street
    Auburn, NY 13021
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    State Office Building 44 Hawley Street Fifth Floor
    Binghamton, NY 13901
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    Robert C. McEwen Library and Education Complex (Building P-4300) 4300 Camp Hale Road P.O. Box 908
    Fort Drum, NY 136020908
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    State Office Building 207 Genesee Street Suite 606
    Utica, NY 13501
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College
    Room 114 7 Empire State Plaza Concourse Level, Suite 108
    Albany, NY 12223
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College at Fulton Montgomery Community College
    2805 State Highway 67
    Johnstown, NY 12095
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College in Saratoga
    111 West Avenue
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College in Schenectady
    245 Broadway
    Schenectady, NY 12305
    Opened: 06/30/2014
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College Newburgh Highland
    3 Washington Center
    Newburgh, NY 12550
    Opened: 09/01/2010
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College NYS Office Building
    250 Veterans Memorial Highway Room 1A11
    Hauppauge, NY 11788
  • Additional Location
    Empire State College Watertown
    E121-122 Extended Learning Center 1220 Coffeen St
    Watertown, NY 13601
    Opened: 09/01/2010
  • Additional Location
    Jamaica Queens
    15829 Archer Avenue
    Jamaica, NY 11432
  • Additional Location
    Liberty High School
    250 W. 18th Street
    New York, NY 10011
  • Additional Location
    Niagara Frontier Center
    Apple Tree Business Park 2875 Union Road
    Cheektowaga, NY 14227
  • Additional Location
    Niagara Frontier Center of Empire State College
    305 East Fairmount Avenue Suite 5
    Lakewood, NY 14750
    Opened: 06/30/2014
  • Additional Location
    Niagara Frontier Center of Empire State College
    Jamestown Community College - Cattaraugus Campus 260 North Union Street
    Olean, NY 14760
  • Additional Location
    NYSUT/UFT Paraprofessional Program - Bronx
    2500 Halsey Street
    Bronx, NY 10461
    Opened: 07/02/2012
  • Additional Location
    NYSUT/UFT Paraprofessional Program - Brooklyn
    335 Adams Street 25th Floor
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    Opened: 07/02/2012
  • Additional Location
    NYSUT/UFT Paraprofessional Program - New York
    52 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
    Opened: 07/02/2012
  • Additional Location
    NYSUT/UFT Paraprofessional Program - Rego Park
    97-77 Queens Boulevard
    Rego Park, NY 11374
    Opened: 07/02/2012
  • Additional Location
    NYSUT/UFT Paraprofessional Program - Staten Island
    4456 Amboy Road 2nd Floor
    Staten Island, NY 10312
    Opened: 07/02/2012
  • Additional Location
    Rochester Learning Center
    680 Westfall Road
    Rochester, NY 14620
    Opened: 06/27/2016
  • Additional Location
    Sanborn, Niagara County Community College
    3111 Saunders Settlement Road
    Sanborn, NY 14132
    Opened: 09/04/2018
  • Additional Location
    Selden
    407 College Road
    Selden, NY 11784
    Opened: 08/01/2019
  • Additional Location
    SUNY Empire State College - Garden City
    1325 Franklin Avenue
    Garden City, NY 11530
    Opened: 01/13/2020
  • Additional Location
    SUNY Fredonia State College
    214 Central Ave
    Dunkirk, NY 14048
    Opened: 02/01/2017
  • Additional Location
    TO BE DETERMINED
    TO BE DETERMINED
    NEWBURGH, NY 12550
  • Other Instructional Site
    Athens
    New York College at Athens 38 Amalias Avenue 10558 Athens
    Greece
  • Other Instructional Site
    Brooklyn District 20
    New York City School District 20 415 89th St
    Brooklyn, NY 11209
  • Other Instructional Site
    Prague
    University of New York at Prague Londynska 41 12000 Prague 2
    Czech Republic
  • Other Instructional Site
    Rockefeller Institute of Government
    13 Henry Johnson Blvd
    Albany, NY 12203
  • Other Instructional Site
    Thessaloniki
    New York College at Thessaloniki 6 Katsimidi Papanastasaiou St 54639 Thessaloniki
    Greece
  • Other Instructional Site
    Tirana
    University of New York at Tirana Rruga Kodra e Diellit Selite, 1046 Tirana 
    Albania
  • Other Instructional Site
    UA Plumbers Local Union No. 1 Training Center
    Plumbers Local 1 Training Center 37 - 11 47th Avenue
    Long Island City, NY 11101

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