U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
The New York State Board of Regents (NYBR) has been engaged in the evaluation of quality in higher education since 1787. It is the State approval agency that authorizes the establishment of all educational institutions in the State. That function also includes the responsibility to register all of the postsecondary programs offered in New York institutions offering degrees and certificates. As the only State agency recognized by the Secretary for its institutional accrediting activities, the agency restructured its institutional accrediting activities in 2002 to clarify its role and responsibilities as an institutional accrediting agency. The institutional accreditation activities now fall under the auspices of both the NYBR and the Commissioner of Education (Board of Regents). The Board of Regents accredits degree-granting institutions that have designated it as their sole or primary accrediting agency for the purpose of establishing eligibility to participate in the Title IV, HEA programs In this capacity, the Board of Regents currently accredits 14 institutions, all of which are located in the State of New York.
The New York State Education Department (SED), the administrative arm of the NYBRE, carries out the accreditation activities of the Board of Regents. The SED performs its duties and responsibilities under the direction of the Commissioner of Education. Within the SED, the Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education develops and implements the institutional accrediting activities.
The New York Board of Regents appeared on the initial list of recognized accrediting agencies in 1952, and has received continuous recognition since that time. In 2008, the agency notified the Secretary of the expansion of its scope to include distance education. The National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) last reviewed the agency’s petition for renewal of recognition at the Fall 2012 meeting. The agency was requested to submit a compliance report in 2014. The subject of this report is in regards to the agency's petition for re-recognition. There have been no complaints submitted during this recognition period.
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.
The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.