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08/02/2004
Hudson Valley Community College Receives Reaffirmation of Accreditation by Middle States

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 2, 2004

Hudson Valley Community College has received reaffirmation of its accreditation for a 10-year period from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association, which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The college has been accredited by the Middle States Association (MSA) since 1969, and undergoes reaffirmation of its accreditation every 10 years. To prepare for that process, the college must publish a self study. The self study evaluates and assesses every aspect of the college's operations, from its mission, goals and objectives, to academics, student services, administration and strategic planning.

The commission commended Hudson Valley for the quality of its self study, which was overseen by an 18-member steering committee coordinated by Professor Carol Karpien and Assistant Professor Ellen Laird, both members of the college's English Department. More than 130 college faculty and staff members served on subcommittees, which were integral in the creation of the self study.

"I am exceptionally proud of the results achieved by our campus, particularly because the commended self study was faculty-driven," Hudson Valley President Marco J. Silvestri, Ph.D. said. "In addition, the reaffirmation reflects an exceptional result achieved against an entirely new set of MSA criteria – and Hudson Valley is the first State University of New York institution to be assessed by these new standards."

According to the Middle States Association, accreditation is a voluntary process that is "intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence."

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.