The New York State Board of Regents approved a regulatory change May 8 that expands the options in national accreditation for the state’s educator preparation providers. The amendment allows institutions currently accredited by another national agency to apply for accreditation by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) and still meet the state’s “continuous accreditation” requirement.
“Institutions across the state and across the three sectors—SUNY, CUNY, and independent—have expressed enthusiasm for the availability of options and for a more collaborative and innovative accreditation model,” said Mark LaCelle-Peterson, AAQEP president and CEO. “This rule change resulted from collaborative advocacy by many institutions, and we are excited to begin working with them.”
Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education John D’Agati announced the change to institutions in a memorandum to the state’s education deans May 9, explaining that providers must notify the state education department of their intent to shift to AAQEP before their current accreditation expires and then have up to 5 years to successfully complete AAQEP accreditation. To assist institutions in transitioning to the new system, AAQEP will be running accreditation planning workshops on campuses across New York State in the coming months.
New York is the second state to accept AAQEP as an accreditation option for educator preparation programs; Hawaii was the first. The first site visits are scheduled to begin in February or March of 2019.