Institutional Accreditation

Clinton Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our current accreditation status is Non-Compliance Probation.

Clinton Community College is advancing on its plan to relocate its primary campus to Redcay Hall and 133 Court Street at SUNY Plattsburgh beginning for classes in Fall 2025
Our current status is standard procedure from the commission's perspective, given a warning status of two years. It stems most recently from a March 2024 site visit.

It is not a reflection of the work we have done in the intervening months or the plans we are working on now.

The SUNY system, our board of trustees and campus leadership remain committed to growing our programming, moving our primary location and all the steps we have already undertaken and announced.

We are accredited. We receive both federal and state financial aid awards. And our diplomas and certificates are recognized by relevant academic and professional organizations.

We are completing a Substantive Change Request, essentially a checklist for us to complete, detailing all aspects of the new location, with projected costs, estimations and assumptions that are both real and timely. 

This is on track to be developed over summer 2024, along with a memorandum of understanding with SUNY Plattsburgh. This is both understandable and acceptable to Middle States.

Middle States has pledged to work with our campus and is an ally in our shared goal of building a sustainable community college to serve our region. The leadership of SUNY system is as well. Together, this gives us a path forward.

 MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Please feel free to review our Statement of Accreditation.

MSCHE provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and members of the public to submit information regarding the qualifications of its member institutions and the institution's compliance with Commission standards for accreditation, requirements of affiliation, and policies and procedures.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB#166
Wilmington, DE  19801
Phone: (267) 284-5000


The curricula offered by Clinton Community College are approved by the State University of New York and registered by the New York State Education Department - Office of Higher Education. The college is authorized to award the degrees of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Associate in Occupational Studies, as well as certificates, as established by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.


Nursing A.A.S. Program Accreditation

Clinton Community College's Nursing A.A.S. program is registered by NYSED Commissioner of Education. The registration of a program means that it has met the Department's standards for accreditation as provided in the Rules of the Board of Regents and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Please feel free to review our NYSED accreditation status

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12234

Next Evaluation: Fall 2023

For more information about NYS nursing education, visit

HEGIS Category: 5208.10

Filing a Complaint

NYSED Office of Professional Education Program Review will attempt to assist in the resolution of complaints about academic quality, refunds, and proper application of published institutional policies in professional programs (i.e., related to the licensed professions) at postsecondary institutions in New York State. The Department will no take action until all grievance procedures at the institution have been followed and all avenues of appeal exhausted. These steps should be documented in the complaint.


Moore Bldg., 2nd Floor
Room 220M
Phone: 518-562-4110

Carey Goyette
V.P. for Academic Affairs