Middle States

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Self-Study Process and Design

SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) is preparing its 10 year self-study report for the Middle States Commission of Higher Education (MSCHE or Middles States).  This report is critical to the future of SUNY Schenectady.

The SUNY Schenectady self-study will scrutinize how well:

  • our programs and services accomplish our institutional priorities;
  • we fulfill our mission; and
  • we meet the MSCHE's standards.

The self-study process began in 2016 and will culminate with an on-site visit of the MSCHE evaluation team in Spring 2019. The evaluation team will be made up of community college peers from outside the state who will review the findings and recommendations of our self-study report. The evaluation team will then make a recommendation to MSCHE on our accreditation status.



Purpose of the self-study

  • to advance institutional self-understanding and self-improvement
  • to demonstrate to external audiences, such as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, government regulatory agencies, and the public, that the institution meets the standards for accreditation
  • to maintain eligibility to receive federal financial aid.


Middle States FAQ

What is MSCHE?

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Council on Higher Education recognize MSCHE as one of six regional accreditation authorities. MSCHE accredits institutions in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

MSCHE is "a voluntary, non-governmental association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions" (www.msche.org).

What is accreditation?

Accreditation is the process through which an external agency examines an institution and determines whether it meets established requirements and standards. Institutions participate voluntarily. Accreditation is important for our students because federal student aid is available only to students enrolled in accredited institutions.

What is re-accreditation?

Every ten years MSCHE mandates that its member institutions undergo a rigorous self-study process and write an extensive report on that process.  This report is the foundational document for the MSCHE evaluation team's onsite visit.

What is a self-study report?

A self-study report is a comprehensive review of a college's educational programs, institutional policies, and student services. It is conducted by the college. It determines how well a college meets its own mission and strategic goals, as measured against MSCHE's seven standards of accreditation and fifteen requirements of affiliation.

How Does the College Do the Self Study?

The college prepares a Design Document, which is the blueprint for the self-study. The Design Document includes goals for the self-study, questions that guide the research undertaken, documents that need be collected to address this research, institutional priorities, and a timetable for the self-study process.



Steering Committee Membership

Eileen Abrahams, Associate Professor of English
Brett Wery, Dean, School of Music

Regular Members

 Susanna Adams  Coordinator for ADA Transition Services
 Denise Brucker
 Director of Trio
 Carrie Buff
 Harry Buffardi
 Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
 RaeEllen Doyle
 Associate Professor of Communications
 Steve Fragale
 Dean of Student Affairs
 Tammy Gummersheimer
 Professor of Chemistry
 Susan Hatalsky
 Professor of Hotel, Culinary Arts, and Tourism
 Dawn Jones
 Non-traditional Career Advisor
 Jay Larkin
 Assistant Professor of Hotel, Culinary Arts, and Tourism
 Samantha Legere
 Coordinator of Scholarships
 Sabrina McGinty
 Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
 William Meckley
 Dean of the School of Music
 Dale Miller
 Director of Institutional Research
 John O’Connell
 Instructor of Hotel, Culinary Arts, and Tourism
 Paula Ohlhous
 Chief of Staff, President's Office
 Steve Quick
 Director of Academic Computing Services
 George Rank
 Supervisor of Grounds and CSEA President
 Alicia Richardson
 Associate Professor of English and Academic Senate Chair
 Lewis Schwartz
 Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy
 Amiee Warfield
 Controller, Financial Services
 Angela West-Davis
 Director of EOP & Access, Student Affairs
 Sarah Wilson-Sparrow
 Coordinator of Workforce Development
 David White
 Director of Marketing and PR