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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Accreditation
- What is accreditation?
- Why is accreditation important?
- What is the purpose of reaccreditation?
- What is The College at Brockport’s Mission?
- What is The College at Brockport’s Promise?
- When is The College at Brockport’s self study and reaccreditation visit?
- Who is reaccrediting The College at Brockport?
- How will the reaccreditation self study be conducted?
- What happens during the reaccreditation visit?
- How can I participate in reaccreditation?
- I have suggestions and comments for Brockport's upcoming reaccreditation. How do I share them with the Steering Committee?
"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 Web site, http://www.msche.org). The USDepartment of Education also maintains a Web site about accreditation for institutions of higher education.
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.
With the success of students being our highest priority, The College at 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 The College at Brockport’s Mission?
The State University of New York College at Brockport:
Is committed to providing a liberal arts and professional education - at both the undergraduate and graduate level - for those who have the necessary ability and motivation to benefit from high quality public higher education;
Has the success of its students as its highest priority, emphasizing student learning, and encompassing admission to graduate and professional schools, employment, and civic engagement in a culturally diverse society and in globally interdependent communities; and
Is committed to advancing teaching, scholarship, creative endeavors, and service to the College community and the greater society by supporting the activities of an outstanding faculty and staff.
What is The College at Brockport’s Promise?
The College at Brockport promises to reveal to each student each day his or her capacity
for intellectual, physical and creative accomplishment.
Our promise is the fundamental statement of the work of The College at Brockport. Through our unwavering commitment to our students – each student, each day – we help them to see their potential – reveal their capacity – in the three main modes of human expression – the intellectual, the physical and the creative – so that they may accomplish their dreams.
To fulfill this promise demands the tireless dedication of the campus community, strong and supportive faculty-student relationships, and respect for and recognition of all areas of study and human endeavor as worthwhile to the development of the whole person.
The Self Study will take place during the 2010-11 academic year, and the MSCHE team of evaluators will visit our campus in March-April 2012.
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.” The College at Brockport’s self-study will address the 14 Standards of Excellence established by MSCHE. As a participating institution, The College engages in a self-study process every 10 years.
Under the direction of President John R. Halstead, the self-study process is being coordinated by a Steering Committee comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives from The College at Brockport. With the goal of involving the entire campus community, there will be many opportunities for faculty, staff and students from across the academic disciplines and institutional divisions to participate.
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.
You can begin to contribute by sharing your own success story in the Student Success Scrapbook —an online archive designed to collect and preserve the many success stories of Brockport students.
We will be sharing related events news and announcements via this Web site, The Daily Eagle,The Stylus, etc., as the reaccreditation process unfolds. Stay tuned!