Chief Executive Officers of Institutions of Higher Education

Subject: Public Disclosure of Accreditation Status

I am writing to you today because the Higher Education Act of 1992, section 602.27(g), requires accrediting agencies to ensure that the institutions or programs that they accredit disclose their accreditation accurately, if the institutions elect to make a public disclosure of that status.

Institutions in New York State, whose degree programs are reviewed, approved, and registered by this Department before they may be offered, must follow the requirements of Regents Rule 13.11 if they wish to disclose their accreditation status with the Department. I have attached a copy of that rule and ask that you use the appropriate language so that the public is assured of accurate information. In most cases, it will be a statement that the college's programs are registered by the New York State Education Department. If this disclosure is made, it must include the following address and telephone number:

New York State Education Department
Office of Higher Education
Room 979 Education Building Addition
Albany, New York 12234
(518) 474-5851

I will appreciate your cooperation in ensuring that catalogues and other materials contain correct statements regarding accreditation status.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Nolan

Attachment

Regents Rule 13.11: Representations as to registration, licensing or approval.

  1. An institution which is registered or licensed by the Regents or the commissioner, or whose courses of study are registered by the commissioner or the department, shall make no statement as to such licensing or registration in its publications, letterheads, advertising or promotional material or other written materials prepared for distribution to or for the information of the public, except as follows
    1. An institution which is registered may make the statement "Registered by the New York State Education Department."
    2. An institution whose courses of study are registered may make the statement, with respect only to such courses of study as are so registered, "Registered by the New York State Education Department."
    3. An institution which is licensed may make the statement "Licensed by the New York State Education Department."
  2. No institution or organization which is incorporated by the Regents or registered or licensed by the Regents or the commissioner, or whose courses of study are registered by the commissioner or the department shall, in its publications, letterheads, advertising or promotional material or other written material prepared for distribution to or for the information of the public, use the word "approved" or its derivatives to describe or characterize the action of the Regents, the commissioner or the department with respect to such institution or organization, or its programs, except that:
    1. An institution whose programs have been approved for the training of veterans may, with respect only to such programs as are so approved, make the statement "Approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans."
    2. An institution whose programs have been approved for the training of the handicapped may, with respect only to such programs as are so approved, make the statement "Approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of the handicapped."
Last Updated: October 22, 2009