Strategic Planning and Accreditation

The Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation at Guttman Community College is responsible for matters relating to College accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. It also coordinates and guides Guttman’s strategic planning and its participation in the University’s Performance Management Process.

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College of the City University of New York is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). Guttman Community College was formerly New Community College at CUNY (2013 and prior years).   The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Most Recent Commission Actions:  Read More

November 15, 2018

Guttman Community College’s next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.  A small team led by Provost Howard Wach was invited to attend the Middle States Self-Study Institute in November 2018 to begin the process of designing its self-study.


June 22, 2017:             To grant accreditation.

To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2018, documenting further evidence (1) that faculty and/or other appropriate professionals are provided sufficient support for professional growth and are reviewed regularly (Standard III); (2) that the institution supports and sustains the assessment of student achievement and communicates results to stakeholders (Standard V); (3) of comprehensive planning for facilities, infrastructure, and technology that includes consideration of sustainability and deferred maintenance and is linked to the institution’s strategic and financial planning processes (Standard VI); and (4) of the implementation of a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII).

A small team visit may follow the submission of the monitoring report. The next Self-Study Evaluation is scheduled for 2020 – 2021.

Brief Middle States History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation: Read More

November 20, 2014:   To accept the Accreditation Readiness Report and to note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To grant Candidate for Accreditation status, and to invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2016-2017. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that the institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation.

Brief Institutional Accreditation History Read More

On June 21, 2011, the New York State Board of Regents approved an amendment to the long-range master plan of The City University of New York authorizing the establishment of Stella and Charles Guttman Community College (then known as New Community College at CUNY) in the Borough of Manhattan and authorizing the College to offer associate degree programs initially in the five discipline areas noted below.

The New York State Board of Regents voted December 11, 2012 to grant accreditation to Guttman Community College for a period of five years, with the condition that the College submit an interim report at the end of three years confirming effective implementation of program plans and student outcomes, including student persistence, graduation rates, and transfers to four-year baccalaureate programs in the chosen fields of study. The College submitted the interim report dated December 14, 2015, to the New York State Education Department, and NYSED acknowledged that “the report addresses all Regents’ accreditation requirements and no additional information is requested at this time.”

Currently, Guttman Community College offers these registered programs leading to associate degrees:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Business Administration
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Human Services
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Urban Studies
  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Information Technology.

The City University of New York follows a Performance Management Process (PMP) that links planning and goal setting by the University and its colleges and professional schools, measures annual progress towards key goals, and recognizes excellent performance.

Elisa Hertz, Assistant Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Planning
Point of Contact: Angie Sadhu