Frequently Asked Questions for Middle States Accreditation

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What is accreditation?

"Accreditation is a process of peer review that the educational community has adopted for its self-regulation since early in the 20th century. It is a voluntary process intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. Institutions choose to apply for accredited status, and once accredited, they agree to abide by the standards of their accrediting organization and to regulate themselves by taking responsibility for their own improvement." (2010, Middle States Commission of Higher Education)

Why is accreditation important?

Accreditation means that standards of quality and excellence have been met. The standards of excellence for universities accredited by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE) span topics such as quality faculty and academic programs, sound fiscal planning and processes, and the assessment of educational processes, especially learning and integrity.

What is the purpose of reaccreditation?

With the success of students being our highest priority, SUNY Brockport is committed to continually work to improve its educational programs, resources, facilities, and services. Reaccreditation includes an extensive evaluation of how well the College’s programs, resources, facilities and services fulfill its mission to foster student success.

The reaccreditation process takes place every ten years and involves two stages of evaluation: a campus-wide Self Study, and an on-site evaluation by a team of experts from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The reaccreditation process is an opportunity to assess the extent to which we are accomplishing the shared vision of our institution and serves as a point of departure for charting the future direction of the College.

What is SUNY Brockport’s Mission?

SUNY Brockport's Strategic Plan outlines the institutions mission, vision, values, promise and goals.

Who is reaccrediting SUNY Brockport?

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education(MSCHE) is a voluntary membership association that “defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources.” As a participating institution, The College engages in a self-study process every 10 years.

What happens during the reaccreditation visit?

Representatives from MSCHE will visit our campus and hold a series of informational meetings with faculty, staff and students to get their feedback about Brockport’s performance in a variety of areas.

Last Updated 7/12/21