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Middle States Accreditation

What is Accreditation?

What is Accreditation?
Official assurance given to the campus and the public, saying that we are giving our students the best possible education. It lets us and the public know that we are meeting an external organization's standards and our own mission and goals.

Why do we need to be re-accredited?
Our students are not eligible for financial aid unless we are accredited; half of SUNY New Paltz students receive some kind of financial aid. The re-accreditation process lets us identify our successes and plan to meet future challenges.

Did you Know?
About ten years ago, 1/2 of all New Paltz classes were taught by part-time instructors. By 2008 that figure had dropped to less than 31%.

Why is this Important?
Most part-time instructors work hard and are excellent teachers. But they can't do many of the tasks that full-time faculty do, such as advising students, creating new courses, and supervising faculty-student research. These are important for our re-accreditation and for ensuring we provide our students with the best possible education.

Did you Know?
In 2005, SUNY New Paltz finalized the Vision Points that guide us in meeting our mission.

Why is this Important?
All our plans and decisions for using resources, improving programs and hiring personnel are designed to support the Vision Points and mission.