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Upholding the highest standards for academic excellence.

Herkimer College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), offering high-quality academic programs and support services in accordance with the MSCHE Standards of Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. The MSCHE is the unit of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools that accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region, which includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and several locations internationally.

The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.

MSCHE Self-Study and Reaffirmation of Accreditation 

Herkimer College recently completed a three-year college-wide self-study process examining institutional policies, processes, practices and procedures, to ensure compliance with the MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation. The College also reported on its verification of federal and regulatory compliance, in accordance with the self-study.

The College submitted its final self-study document in February 2020. Originally scheduled for March 2020, the evaluation team’s visit was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MSCHE self-study evaluation team visit was completed virtually October 18-21, 2020. The seven-member peer review team conducted numerous interviews and meetings with faculty, staff, students, trustees and administrators, in an effort to amplify, clarify and verify the content of the self-study. The evaluation team reported that Herkimer met all standards with commendations and no mandatory recommendations. The team’s findings will be forwarded to MSCHE for further review by a second review team and submitted to the Commission for final action to reaffirm accreditation. The Commission action is expected by March 2021.

Other Institutional Affiliations

Herkimer College is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA provides advocacy on behalf of accreditation and higher education self-regulation. Membership in CHEA signals that the College is accredited by a CHEA-recognized organization, as well as a supporter of higher education accreditation.

Curricula offered by the College are registered and approved by the New York State Department of Education and the State University of New York (SUNY). The College is authorized to award the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree, the Associate in Applied Science degree, and program certificates as established by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York.

Program Accreditations

  • The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)— an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.