U.S.Department of Education Staff Report

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Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues

Recommendation Page

  1. Agency: New York State Board Of Regents (Public Postsecondary Vocational Ed) ( 1974 / 2015)
    (The dates provided are the date of initial listing as a recognized agency and the date of the agency’s last grant of recognition.)
  2. Action Item: Petition for Continued Recognition
  3. Scope of Recognition: State agency for the approval of public postsecondary vocational education.
  4. Date of Advisory Committee Meeting: 02/27/2020
  5. Staff Recommendation:
    Continue the agency's recognition as a nationally recognized accrediting agency at this time, and require the agency to come into compliance within 12 months with the criteria listed below, and submit a compliance report due 30 days thereafter that demonstrates the agency's compliance.
  6. Issues or Problems: Additional information is requested for the following questions. These issues are summarized below and discussed in detail under the Staff Analysis section.

    [603.24(b)(1)(i)]--The state has not yet brought its advisory board into compliance with the compositional requirements of its by-laws and this criterion. The state’s solutions to having student involvement on the advisory board seems acceptable and in accord with the state criteria; however, the state must demonstrate through the application of its policy that it has reached compliance in this area.

Executive Summary


Established in 1784, the New York State Board of Regents is the oldest, formally organized accrediting body in the United States. The Regents appoint a Commissioner of Education who heads the Education Department, the administrative arm of the Board of Regents. The Regents and the Commissioner of Education are authorized by the State constitution and bylaws to regulate educational activities in the State. More specifically, the State Education Department (SED) is responsible for accrediting, or registering, all credit-bearing programs, whether public or independent. Vocational education programs that lead to associate degrees and credit-bearing certificates and diplomas are included in the agency’s application as a recognized approval agency. This application as a State approval agency for public postsecondary vocational education covers only the adult practical nursing programs offered by Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Vocational Education and Extension Boards (VEEBs), Educational Occupation Centers (EOCs) and city schools not part of a BOCES. The Department has not received any complaints regarding this agency since its last review.

Recognition History

The agency was first recognized by the Secretary in 1974. The last full review of the agency was conducted at the Winter, 2015 National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI or the Committee) meeting. The agency submitted a petition for renewal of recognition for the Winter 2020 NACIQI meeting. This analysis is a review of that petition.


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.