U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
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.
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.