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1956 – Initial Engineers Council for Professional Development accreditation for Mechanical and Electrical Technology programs.

(Dec. 28, 1956, Clinton Courier) – “MVTI Is Certified By Engineering National Group – The Engineer’s Council for Professional Development, a nationally known conference of engineering bodies, has accredited the Electrical and Mechanical Technology Programs of Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, according to work received by MVTI President A. V. Payne.
A three-man committee, headed by Dean Leo Smith of Rochester Institute of Technology, spent two days at the local college studying all phases of the technologies seeking accreditation. The analysis of their admission requirements, laboratory and classroom facilities, course offerings, placement records and qualifications of instructors resulted in approval for five years, the maximum period granted by ECPD…..”

(Feb. 6, 1958, Utica Observer-Dispatch) – “MVTI Plans Accreditation ‘Evaluation’ – Taylor Jones, executive secretary, Middle States Assn. of Colleges and Secondary Schools, met with the Mohawk Valley Technical Institute faculty yesterday to discuss the Middle States accreditation which MVTI is seeking.
Part of the process of the Middle State accreditation requires MVTI to make a self evaluation of its programs to determine the appropriateness of their objectives.
Following this self-evaluation, which will take about a year, a team of educators from other universities and colleges will visit MVTI to prepare a critique and make recommendations and suggestions to the Middle States Commission.
If it is found that MVTI’s programs are compatible to the declared objectives, and that the teaching and extracurricular activities are conducted at a satisfactory level, MVTI will become an accredited member of the Middle States Assn.
This kind of evaluation is not new to MVTI. Several years ago, it underwent a similar process with the accreditation of its mechanical and electrical division by the Engineering Council for Professional Development.
However, the Middle States membership is institution-wide and will include instructional and other activities.
Willis V. Daugherty, chairman of the MVTI board of trustees, declared that the board decided to apply for Middle States membership because it felt that a self evaluation would be healthy for the institute, its faculty and the communities it serves.
‘Certainly, it means a good deal of additional work for the MVTI faculty, but with a new campus in the near future, we felt that we should be sure that there are no academic cobwebs in the corners.’
‘We who are close to MVTI know how educationally sound it is, but we are using this Middle States accreditation to reaffirm our judgment about the soundness of the program,’ he said.
President Albert V. Payne explained that MVTI has been working on the self evaluation for the past several months. He pointed out that the study is being directed at MVTI by Seymour Eskow, dean of instruction.
Using a questionnaire supplied by Middle States, the entire faculty has been involved in a broad study of the institution, their own departments and their own programs.
A coordinating committee is then responsible for putting this information together and an editorial committee will write the final draft of the information uncovered by the self evaluation.
Lawrence L. Jarvie, executive dean for institutes and community colleges, SUNY, Albany, commended MVTI for seeking to join Middle States.
‘In taking this voluntary action, I know that MVTI will have a stronger program which will be more beneficial for the college, its students and its communities as a result of its self analysis.’
Jones told the group that the accreditation is the by-product and that the real value to MVTI is the process of self evaluation. He reported that there are 250 members in the Middle States Assn. and that the association was formed to help schools achieve maximum effectiveness and to gain them recognition of their professional competency.
He explained to the group that in addition to passing on the institute’s commendable programs that Middle States will be interested in seeing how those programs seek to help students form independent judgment and weigh values….”
1960 - Initial accreditation by Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools

1969 – Initial Engineers’ Council for Professional Development accreditation for Civil Technology

1979 – Initial Technology Accreditation Commission-Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (TAC-ABET accreditation for Surveying Technology program.

In July 1988, the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools reaffirmed its accreditation of MVCC. The action by the Association’s Commission on Higher Education followed an April visit by a team of community college educators from New Jersey, Philadelphia and Maryland, and an 18-month intensive self-study conducted by College faculty, staff and administrators.

In January 1994, the Middle States Association reaffirmed its accreditation of the College.

December 2003 – Middle States Commission on Higher Education letter re: Periodic Review Report, from Chair Judith L. Gay: “At its sessions on November 19-20, 2003, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education acted to accept the Periodic Review Report submitted by Mohawk Valley Community College, to reaffirm accreditation, and to request a progress letter, due by April 1, 2005, documenting (1) the development and utilization of student learning outcomes relative to diversity and global literacy, as expressed in the institution’s mission statement, and (2) the further integration of assessment, planning, and resource allocation processes. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2007-2008.:

Engineering Technologies

The Engineers Council for Professional Development accredited each of MVCC’s Engineering Technology curricula, in 1956, following a site visit during the spring of that year. The Electrical Technology and Mechanical Technology curricula were reaccredited as full-time Cooperative Education programs.

The Civil Technology curriculum was accredited as a full-time day Cooperative Education program for the first time in 1969.

September 1973 – The Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Technology programs were reaccredited by the Engineer’s Council for Professional Development.

October 1979- The Engineers’ Council for Professional Development reaccredited the Electrical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs. (The term “Engineering” had been added to each program’s names since the previous re-accreditation.) The Council also granted first-time accreditation to the Surveying Technology program.

In September 1983, the Solar Energy Technology program received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (Previously known as Engineers Council for Professional Development) (September 1983)

In October 1985, the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (TAC-ABET) renewed accreditation for three technology programs: civil engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and solar energy technology. (October 1985)

In 1989, TAC-ABET reaccredited the electrical engineering technology program.
In September 1991, TAC-ABET reaccredited programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering technology, and surveying technology. (September 1991)

Medical Record Technology

In November 1985, the Medical Record Technology curriculum received a maximum three-year initial accreditation from the Committee on Allied Health Education & Accreditation of the American Medical Association.


The MVCC Nursing program received a ten-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing in September 1970. The Department also received a five-year accreditation from the New York State Education Department. (September 1970)