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Potsdam Prepared: Fall 2021 Updates

MSCHE Accreditation Processes

SUNY Potsdam is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)*.  Materials from our most recent accreditation processes are below.

*Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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Fall 2021

We are in the final year of our 3-year re-accreditation process. Over the summer, we reviewed the Working Group reports and began drafting our final Self-study Report. This fall, the Report will go through an iterative review process by the Steering Committee, Provost’s Cabinet, President’s Council, and other campus stakeholders. The Report will be shared with all campus constituents by late October, and we will hold open forums to discuss and answer questions about the Report. Our external Review Team chair, Dr. Emily Williams, will visit campus (virtually) on November 19 to meet with campus constituents and advise on the final Report.  

Why is accreditation important?

“An accredited institution of higher education has an appropriate mission (I), lives it with integrity (II), delivers an effective student learning experience (III), supports the overall student experience both inside and outside the classroom (IV), assesses its own educational effectiveness (V), uses planning and resources to ensure institutional improvement (VI), and is characterized by effective governance, leadership, and administration (VII).”

(Note: each of the Roman numerals above refer to the MSCHE Standards for Accreditation.)

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Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee

Carrie Bates, Academic Assessment
Heather Beauchamp, Psychology
Julie Dold (co-chair), Residence Life
Terry Francis, Admissions
Chad Graham, Elementary Education
Tanya Hewitt, Public Health & Human Performance
Ada Law, Provost's Office
Sherry Paradis, Advancement
Sean Partridge, Student Success Center
Gordon Plague (co-chair), Biology
Tammy Snell, CSTEP
Jeremy van Blommestein, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Self-study Working Groups

Strategic Enrollment Management Working Group
Laura Carbone, Kelly Crosbie, Terry Francis, Chad Graham (co-chair), Karen Miller & Heather teRiele (co-chair)

Creativity Working Group
Heather Beauchamp (co-chair), Tony Betrus, Ray Bowdish, Erin Brooks, Raseem Crawford (student), Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Brandi Kelley, Katie Logan, Cara Navaretta (student) & Sherry Paradis (co-chair)

Inclusive Excellence Working Group
Linnette Bracero-Torres, Kelly Deshaies, Haven Gotham (student), Roberta Green, Clifton Harcum, Matt LaVine, Michael Popovic, Tammy Snell (co-chair), Jared White (student) & Lonel Woods (co-chair)

Strategic Decision-Making Working Group
Walter Conley, Carol Franck, Tanya Hewitt (co-chair), Sarah Lister, Sean Partridge (co-chair), Melissa Proulx, Jessica Rogers, Beth Todd, Michael Vitalino & Marta Whalen

Middle States Standard 7 Working Group
Peter Brouwer, Julie Dold (co-chair), Jeffrey Francom, Tim Morse, Gordon Plague (co-chair), Jenica Rogers & Jan Trybula