Nationally Accredited through the Council on Occupational Education (COE)
CV-TEC’s Accreditation History
As a public, New York State-approved educational institution serving 17 regional public school districts throughout Clinton, Essex, Warren, Washington counties, CV-TEC has had a long history of adhering to standards and guidelines established by a number of regulatory agencies/associations, including: the New York State Education Department (NYSED); various national and state licensing agencies; and various professional CTE associations from across the country.
In addition to following these regulations and guidelines, during the 2011-2012 academic year, CV-TEC began the rigorous process of having its secondary programs evaluated at a post-secondary level by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Successful completion of this rigorous national accreditation process verifies that an organization meets not only the standards of quality of the United States Department of Education (USDOE), and the COE Commission, but also the needs of its students, of the community, and of employers. It permit adults who are co-enrolled in its programs to be eligible for federal Title IV financial aid (Federal Application for Financial Aid- FAFSA).
As a “candidate” institution, CV-TEC spent the next two years preparing for a full review of its programs and in February 2014, CV-TEC hosted a team of COE evaluators from collegiate institutions across the nation. Following a thorough review by the team, CV-TEC obtained accreditation in June of that same year.
Annual Commitment to Meeting Established “Conditions” and 10 Standards
In order to maintain its accreditation status, CV-TEC must verify adherence to various institutional “Conditions” and to 10 Standards established by the USDOE and COE. These include:
Documents Made Public for Annual Review
Even though CV-TEC was accredited for a 6 year period, COE requires annual compliance with all its Standards and Conditions. Further, the USDOE and COE requires that identified plans, policies, and procedures are reviewed annually and are made available to faculty and students. Hereunder, please find the following accreditation-related documents:
• Standard 5:
Media Services Plan
• Standard 6:
Physical Facilities and Technical Infrastructure Plan
Physical Facilities, Technical Infrastructure & Distance Education (O & M) Plan
Health Care and Safety of Employees, Students, and Guests Plan
Technical Infrastructure Data Privacy, Safety, and Security Plan
• Standard 7:
• Standard 8:
Faculty/Staff Complaints and Grievances Procedure
Employee Performance and Effectiveness Evaluation Process
Employee Orientation Procedure
• Standard 9:
• Standard 10:
Title IV Loans and Default Management Plan
Student Health and Safety Plan
CV-TEC is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to postsecondary technical education providers across the nation. The mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. In 2006, the Council celebrated its 35th year of meeting this goal. The Council’s accreditation process is conducted on behalf of more than 360,000 students nationally who pursue careers in a variety of technical fields. Throughout its history, the Council and its predecessor agency have been recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education offered by the institutions it has accredited. Its current scope of recognition is as a national institutional accrediting agency for the accreditation of non-degree-granting and applied associate degree-granting postsecondary occupational education institutions. Services offered include institutional accreditation, program quality reviews for states and technical education providers, and informational services. No other agency accredits and serves the diversity of organizations served by the Council. There are over 500 institutional members at the present time.
The Council on Occupational Education’s website is available at: www.council.org.