The Counselor Education Program, the Department of Communication Disorders, the School of Business, and the School of Education have recently held or are preparing to hold site visits by accrediting organizations in 2021 and 2022. Following is an update of their progress.
The Counselor Education Program is now accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and has shaped its curriculum based on CACREP standards. A site visit was scheduled for April 2020 but canceled due to COVID-19. The program had a virtual site visit in December 2020, and the site visit team recommended a two-year provisional accreditation. In March 2021, the CACREP Board approved the site team’s recommendation.
The Department of Communication Disorders offers an MS in communication disorders with a concentration in speech-language pathology that is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The department is currently engaged in a self-study process and standards review led by the graduate coordinator in preparation for the upcoming accreditation site visit in fall 2021. The annual report was submitted in February 2021.
The School of Business submitted the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) continuous improvement review (CIR) application in summer 2020. Its accreditation review will be conducted during the 2022-2023 academic year. The AACSB review team will visit in fall 2022, and a decision will follow in spring 2023.
The School of Education is currently conducting a self-study in preparation for the Association for Advancing Quality in Education Preparation (AAQEP) accreditation and is an AAQEP member in good standing. Recognized by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in October of 2015, the College became a member of AAQEP in April 2019 and notified the New York State Education Department (NYSED) of its intention to seek accreditation through AAQEP. The College has five years to secure accreditation with AAQEP from the date of its announcement. The 2020-2021 academic year will see the creation of the Quality Assurance Report and associated appendices, which will be submitted to AAQEP for review early in fall 2021. The AAQEP accreditation review will then take place over the 2021-2022 academic year, with a site visit occurring in spring 2022. The accreditation decision will be made the following fall semester.