Academic Accreditation

Canisius University is accredited by numerous national organizations. These accreditations serve as testament to the excellent quality of a Canisius education. These accreditations include:

Middle States

Canisius University is an accredited institution by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education:

1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB #166
Wilmington, DE 19801
(267) 284-5011

The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Canisius College Complaint Process

Students should seek resolution of complaints with all appropriate Canisius College officers, including their professor, academic program director, Dean, or Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. 

If a student has exhausted all these options, the student may address their concern to the appropriate office within the New York State Department of Education, or U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.


CAEP

Full accreditation of all educator preparation programs in the School of Education and Human Services was obtained through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in 2017.

AAQEP

Canisius is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Canisius University are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.


AACSB

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). The college has held this distinction of excellence since 1977. AASCB is earned by the best business schools in the world, and only 5 percent of business schools worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International Accreditation. To find out more about AACSB, contact them at 777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602 (813-769‐6500).


Program Accreditations

In addition to these, several of our programs have been certified as meeting a high level of excellence by their respective professional societies.  These accredited programs include:

Program Accrediting Body
Chemistry ACS
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Clinical Mental Health & School Counseling CACREP
500 Montogmery Street, Suite 350
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-535-5990
Physician Assistant Studies ARC-PA
3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345
Suwanee, GA 30024
770-476-1224

Please contact the Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness to obtain or review available documentation.


Students in the United States, Residing Outside New York State

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Canisius College participates in the NC-SARA consortium and among other benefits, this provides students living with the United States (states and territories), but outside of New York State, with an effective complaint process. As with New York State students:

  1. Students should seek resolution of complaints with all appropriate Canisius College officers, including their professor, academic program director, Dean, or Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. 
  2. If a student has exhausted all these options, the student may address their concern to the appropriate office within the New York State Department of Education, or U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights.

Visit NC-SARA's Student Complaints Guide for a complete description of the process.

Under terms of the NC-SARA agreement, our "state portal entity" - New York State Department of Education - will investigate dishonest or fraudulent activity by any institution (school or university) participating in NC-SARA. This includes the possibility of an institution providing potentially misleading or false information. Student complaints must be filed first through the appropriate Canisius college channels listed above. However, if a student feels that their complaint or concern was not fairly addressed at Canisius, they may contact New York State Department of Education via the link above, or via the following official.

Andrea Richards

Supervisor of Higher Education Programs

518.474.1551

@email

New York State Education Department

89 Washington Ave

Albany, NY 12234