Alfred State is proud to announce that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed accreditation of the college and commended the institution for the quality of its self-study process and report.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said the incredible work by faculty and staff on a regular basis is certainly the driving factor behind the action of Middle States to find the college in compliance with all 14 standards set forth by the commission.
“This reaffirmation is a tribute to the quality and excellence of our college,” he said. “With our students at the forefront of our success, we couldn’t be happier with the results.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president of Academic Affairs, said, “The continued recognition from Middle States of our excellence provides us the opportunity to move forward by continuing to improve the Alfred State experience, creating new programs that meet industry needs, and better serving the State of New York.”
MSCHE, according to www.msche.org, is recognized by the US secretary of education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.
The commission, the website further states, is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions that offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in those same geographic areas, and in other areas in which the commission conducts accrediting activities.
Speaking about the process of reaffirming accreditation, Dr. Jayne Swanson, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, said the college conducts a self-study every 10 years, and five years after each self-study is the Periodic Review Report. The self-study takes three-plus years to write, a timeline established by MSCHE.
As part of the MSCHE evaluation, the college has to show it is in compliance with the 14 MSCHE standards, all requirements of affiliation, and all accreditation-relevant federal regulations. Without accreditation, Alfred State students could not receive federally backed student loans, Alfred State credits would not transfer to accredited colleges and universities, its degrees would not be recognized by employers who require degrees from accredited institutions, and its standing for federal grants and donations from foundations and donors could be hindered.
Swanson noted that receiving a commendation for one area of a self-study is quite an accomplishment, let alone receiving one for the quality of two areas: the process and the report.
After traveling more than 2,300 miles in nine days in a 1953 Dodge Power Wagon tow truck, a group of five Alfred State students and one professor arrived in Santa Monica, CA June 28, officially finishing The Great Race.
Automotive Trades Professor Mike Ronan, who served as faculty adviser on the trip, said although desert temperatures in New Mexico, Arizona, and California reached 115 degrees Fahrenheit, the Power Wagon’s coolant never rose above 190 degrees Fahrenheit and that the vehicle “ran like a champ the whole way.”
One challenge the group faced, according to team member Ryan Madison, an automotive service technician major from Rochester, was that some elevations along the route went from 200 feet above sea level to 7,200 feet above sea level. This meant that the team had to adjust the old carburetor often to keep the truck running smoothly.
“Other than that, all the competitors were amazed the truck performed so well,” Madison said.
Representing Alfred State in the race, in addition to Madison and Ronan, were Andrew Carpino, automotive service technician, Caledonia; Nick Reale, autobody repair, Jamestown; Tom Rifenburgh, automotive service technician, Worcester; and Ryan Valle, motorsports technology, New Windsor. Approximately 10 students in several majors worked regularly on the team’s vehicle throughout the spring semester, including rebuilding the engine and all drivetrain components, and installing new brakes, wiring, lights, and gauges.
Held June 20-28 this year, The Great Race stretched along the legendary Route 66 from Kirkwood, MO, through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and, finally, to Santa Monica. The race is an annual vintage car event designed to commemorate the original around-the-world “Great Race” that took place in 1908, which was won by a driver and car from Buffalo.
According to www.greatrace.com, entrants participate in a timed, controlled speed and endurance competition over scenic public highways and roads. Each team’s score is the result of its ability to follow all designated course instructions precisely.
Finishing 71st overall, Alfred State was one of 117 competitors in this year’s race, and one of four student teams in the X-Cup division. In this division, drivers must be at least 21 years old and younger than 25 at the start of the race. The Alfred State group had been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Antique Auto Club of America (AACA) and also raised funds for the trip through its GoFundMe page.
While participating in the race, the team, according to Ronan, spent many evenings helping to repair other competitors’ cars and made a lot of friends along the way. Valle noted that many other teams also gave advice to the rookie Alfred State squad, and Carpino said everybody involved in The Great Race “is like one big family.”
“We all help each other out, even if we are competing against one another,” Carpino said.
Ronan added, “The motto of The Great Race is ‘To finish is to win,” and all five students agreed that they felt like winners in Santa Monica.”
Students can enroll now for the fall 2015 semester in Alfred State’s new associate-level radiologic technology program.
The AAS in radiologic technology was developed in response to the rapid growth of employment of radiographers. This field is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, and is ranked No. 15 on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Health Care Jobs list.
The program prepares qualified students to become health care professionals who administer ionizing radiation (X-rays) to produce photographic and digital anatomical images for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research applications. Students will complete both didactic classes on campus and clinical rotations at area hospitals.
The program will be a demanding curriculum that develops and graduates competent, efficient, and caring radiographers. Employment opportunities for these technologists exist in hospitals, government agencies, clinics, and private physician offices.
Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “Alfred State is excited to be able to offer the AAS in radiologic technology, especially given the impressive projected growth of employment in this field in the years ahead. I would like to thank the faculty who worked to make the program possible, as well as our partners, St. James Mercy Hospital and the Bethesda Foundation.”
Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said allied health professions provide exceptional opportunities for young adults to establish themselves in meaningful careers.
“Our new radiological technology program provides high-quality preparation in a field that is experiencing strong demand nationally,” she said. “Alfred State is pleased to announce this new program as part of our larger effort to enhance educational opportunities in the health field.”
Students must be able to demonstrate technical standards and pass clinical competencies as described by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accreditation agency of programs for radiographers. Upon graduation, students are prepared to take the American Registry Certification Exam administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and be granted New York State licensure through the New York State Department of Health.
To fulfill degree requirements, each student must complete 64 total semester credit hours, including a minimum of 20 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from three of the 10 State University of New York general education categories, and earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of “C” or better in the core science courses (RADT and BIOL prefixes).
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the Empire State Development Corporation has approved a grant of up to $500,000 to be used as reimbursement for a portion of the costs of new machinery and equipment for Alfred State’s Advanced Manufacturing Center.
The college had applied through Round 3 of the Regional Council CFA process and was awarded the grant in 2013 by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC). The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (SUNY RF), a private not-for-profit educational corporation that administers externally funded contracts and grants for and on behalf of the State University of New York (SUNY), will use the grant on behalf of Alfred State.
Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “We are excited about the support for the advanced manufacturing in the Southern Tier and western New York. This grant will allow Alfred State students to learn using the most advanced and sustainable equipment in the industry. We are extremely delighted with Empire State Development Corporation’s investment in Alfred State.”
Dr. Craig Clark, executive director of the Wellsville campus and dean of the School of Applied Technology, said, “These funds for machinery and equipment for the new facility will assure Alfred State will teach the advanced technology required by manufacturers across the region.”
Located on the School of Applied Technology campus in Wellsville, the center will be used to educate and train welding technology and machine tool technology students in state-of-the-art sustainable practices in advanced manufacturing through efficient processes. Other uses for the facility include prototyping and assisting manufacturers in the development of new products and systems. Machine tool technology, welding, and drafting/CAD are the three areas of study within the Computerized Design and Manufacturing Department.
The building will house freshman and senior welding students and senior machine tool technology students, and includes classrooms, a computer lab, a welding fabrication shop, material handling and preparation space, a CNC machine shop, and metrology and inspection space. It is expected to be in use by the fall 2016 semester.