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2 P.S.C. ACCREDITED By MIDDLE ITATES Paul Smith’s College The Board of Trustees, The President, The Faculty and The Students of PAUL SMITH'S COLLEGE Paul Smiths, New York take pleasure in announcing that the College has been elected to membership and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools New York State Education Department in ted discussing and planning for accre- Albany. ditation in 1975 and in October of that A detailed and confidential docu- year formally voted to seek the honored went was then rendered to President status. Following the presentation of Stainback for consultation with the initial documents, the College received various publics of the College. Re- a six-year Candidate for Accreditation cently Dr. Whitlock returned to the status on July 1, 1976. In September of last year, Dr. An­ drew P. Moreland, President of Ocean County Community College in Toms River, New Jersey, was designated as consul­ tant and visited the campus for con­ ferences with the President, officers, faculty and staff. Early this year the College devel­ oped and presented its documents for accreditation. These were created through a long period of self-analysis campus to review the progress made over the past six months and his favorable report to the Commission at its meet­ ing this month in Philadelphia resul­ ted in the official status of accredi­ ted institution being voted by the Commission. In a statement released late in December, Stainback said, \I am sure that the great majority of those in the Paul Smith's College community are pleased, even thrilled, with this des- While this announcement, sent to hundreds of high schools through­ out the nation, was a simple one, its repercussions were pleasant­ ly felt by the entire Paul Smith's College community. After a year and a half of plan­ ning, meetings, reports and operation­ al changes, Paul Smith's College of Arts and Sciences has won accredita­ tion by the Commission on Higher Ed­ ucation of the Middle States Associa­ tion of Colleges and Schools. According to President Stainback, accreditation should hold many posi­ tive aspects for the College. Inclu­ ded among the benefits to the College by administration and faculty with stu- i gnat ion. It has meant much work for dent participation. This extensive ef-a^ parties concerned but it has given fort was coordinated by Mr. Michael Me us a^] a better insight of our import- Caul, Assistant to the President. an^» independent college. I am hopeful Immediately following the inaugu- an<^ I know others join me in believing ration of President Stainback in April, that we should continue from time to a team of experts from various colleges time our self-analysis so that we are in the East was assigned to the campus working as a team and assuring our-^ for three days of conferences with selves that our institution is remain- trustees, students, faculty, adminis­ trators and others associated with the College. The team of evaluators was chaired by Dr. Baird W. Whitlock of Andover Academy and former President of Simon's Rock Early College, Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Others as­ signed to the team were Dr. Theodore Hall, Dean of Business and Financial in Stainback's words are \the self- evaluation process; the study ren­ dered by our peers; an improved status for the institution which will undoubtedly prove to be a favorable morale factor for faculty, admini­ stration and students alike; an im­ proved recruitment image and finan­ cially through support by the New State Bundy Aid Program.\ Trustees of the College first star- Affairs at Ocean County Community Col­ lege; Dr. John. W. Kraft, Vice Presi­ dent and Executive Dean of the Commun­ ity College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh; Wayne K. Murphy, Assis­ tant Director of the School of Forest Resources at Pennsylvania State Univer­ sity; and Linda R. Parish, Instructor in Hotel-Restaurant Management at Mer- cyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania. Working with the team was Robert F. Me Hugh, Associate in Higher Education, ing modern in every aspect possible and is ready to face the challenges and opportunities of the future.\ Among the College aspects documen­ ted in its self-analysis were goals and objectives, the college program, stu­ dents and student life, faculty, teach­ ing, instructional resources and equip­ ment, organization and government, fi­ nancial planning, plant facilities and the educational effectiveness in reach­ ing the College objectives. While the entire report was not re­ leased, Stainback did indicate that the study shows that the College requires some additional equipment and improved housing facilities for the student body. Initially, concern was expressed over the lack of a development office but that was recently rectified with the appointment of John Stiegman, Assistant Football Coach at West Point, as Direc­ tor of Planning and Development. On the positive side of the report, Stainback indicated that it reflects well on the quality of the trustees and the curriculum, as well as the admin­ istration and the \dedicated faculty available to the student body.\ The concluding statement in the evaluation team report praises the College but recognizes the problems facing independent institutions in the future when it states, \There seems to be no doubt in the students' minds that they are getting a good deal on their education. The record of the graduates of Paul Smith's is clear on that score. As far as job placement is concerned, the College delivers what it claims to. Meanwhile, everyone from President to new student feels the change that is going on, the transition from one mode of operation to another, and there is a cautious optimism for the future and openess to the possibilities that lie ahead.\

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