Statement of Accreditation Status
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College of the City University of New York
New York, NY
50 W. 40th St.
New York, NY 10018
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
Ms. Elisa Hertz
Commission Staff Liaison:
Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
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.
For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Candidate Status Granted: 2014
- Accreditation Granted: 2017
- Last Reaffirmation: 2021
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
Alternative Delivery Methods
The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
Not approved for this delivery method
Approved Credential Levels
The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
- Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
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 24, 2021To 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 request that beginning in 2022 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2025, the institution provide further evidence of (1) improvement of key indicators of student success, including retention and graduation rates (Standard IV); (2) organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement in general education (Standard V); (3) demonstrated and documented use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness (Standard V); and (4) organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V). 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.
- November 16, 2020To ackowledge receipt of documenation of approval from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for the alternative delivery method-distance education.
- October 29, 2020To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education 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 the 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 2020-2021.
- April 16, 2020To 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 2020-2021.
- November 15, 2018To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note that a follow-up visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
- June 22, 2017To grant accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2018, documenting further evidence (1) that faculty and/or other appropriate professionals are provided sufficient support for professional growth and are reviewed regularly (Standard III); (2) that the institution supports and sustains the assessment of student achievement and communicates results to stakeholders (Standard V); (3) of comprehensive planning for facilities, infrastructure, and technology that includes consideration of sustainability and deferred maintenance and is linked to the institution's strategic and financial planning processes (Standard VI); and (4) of the implementation of a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII). A small team visit may follow the submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
- November 20, 2014To accept the Accreditation Readiness Report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To grant Candidate for Accreditation status, and to invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2016-2017. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that the institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation.
Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).