FAQs

There are many questions concerning the planned relocation of Clinton Community College. These will continue to be raised as the work continues over the spring 2024 semester and beyond.  Answers to common topics of concern will be placed online here and will be edited and added to as the process moves forward.

Accreditation and Middle States Visits
Clinton Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Maintaining this certification is critical to enable the college's programs to continue.

Clinton Community College has been providing periodic reports to Middle States for some time, requirements driven by their status. Their last monitoring report was due in mid-January, about a week after the public announcement of their planned move. More information is online here. The March 21-22 visit by Middle States to campus is related to this monitoring.

In contemplating a relocation, the college will be required to submit a substantive change request because it is requesting “relocation of main campus,” a Tier III change per Middle States standards. MSCHE will review the request and “take action within 90 calendar days of receipt of a materially complete substantive change request submission.” This request will happen later in the planning process.

Peer evaluators will be assigned and review the request and supporting materials; the evaluators will complete a Substantive Change Review Report, which includes proposed action by the commission. Upon review, the commission will take accreditation action, which could include approval, follow-up actions, or rejection of the request.

Clinton Community College Decision-Making
Clinton Community College embraces shared governance and best practices. Various committees, task forces, and departments provide feedback and make recommendations to campus leadership. Ultimately, final decisions are made by the president and the Board of Trustees, who are charged with overseeing the institution’s mission, vision, values, strategic direction, financial health, academic quality, student success, and more.

Cross-Registration and Enrollment Concerns
SUNY Plattsburgh's enrollment is not likely to suffer due to prospective students enrolling at Clinton Community College instead. There are several reasons for this.

First, students make decisions about attending a four-year institution or a community college from the outset of their college deliberations. Co-location does not change the underpinnings of that decision. Even if we were to dismiss that premise, the tuition rates at the two institutions are not different enough to cause someone who had decided to attend a four-year institution to change their mind. Additionally, if a student has interest in taking classes at both institutions, they can already do so via cross-registration policies. SUNY Plattsburgh's is here. Finally, while Clinton Community College students would benefit by access to a different slate of services than they might otherwise have had, SUNY Plattsburgh would receive payment for any service capacity increases. Student access to services would seem to be a positive outcome of co-location, not a negative one.   

Dual Admissions
The well-established collaboration among faculty at Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh is reflected in a dual admissions program and more than 40 articulation agreements. The planned co-location is another opportunity for faculty to review existing agreements and pursue new agreements that would benefit students and assist in degree completion. 

The dual admissions program at Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh allows students to seamlessly move from two-year to four-year degree programs at the two institutions. Students will earn an associate degree from Clinton Community College and a bachelor's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh after completing each academic program's requirements. Students applying to Clinton may choose a dual admission application to SUNY Plattsburgh at the same time; the dual-admitted students will not need to reapply or apply separately to SUNY Plattsburgh. Additionally, dual-admitted students transferring to SUNY Plattsburgh will not be required to pay an admissions deposit or other application fees. Dual-admitted students must meet admission, degree progression requirements, and any program-specific requirements to remain eligible to advance to SUNY Plattsburgh.

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