PLATTSBURGH — The Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Program at Plattsburgh State's School of Business and Economics has received national accreditation.The Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration is considered the premier accrediting body of hospitality programs nationwide.This honor, granted to only one other college in the SUNY system, recognizes excellence in the areas of mission and objectives, evaluation and planning, administration and governance, curriculum, faculty/instructional staff, student services, and activities and resources.This designation follows the accreditation of the School of Business and Economics by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International, which was the first to be earned by a comprehensive college in the SUNY system.Both these accreditations recognize the importance of faculty quality, scholarship, assessment and diversity in a modern management curriculum.Plattsburgh State President John Ettling said he was very pleased that the program achieved accreditation on its first attempt."To earn accreditation, a program must demonstrate a steadfast commitment to quality," he said in a news release."Our students can take pride in the fact that their degrees come from a school recognized within the profession for maintaining the highest standards."More than ever, graduate programs and employers are admitting and hiring students from accredited programs."Some of the points specifically mentioned by the accreditation team include the positive comments from the students and the high quality of Samuel D's, the student-operated restaurant in Sibley Hall, which is open to the public for reservations on Thursday evenings during fall and spring semesters."While accreditation requires a continuous focus on programmatic quality, this constant scrutiny by an external body does create a certain discipline and emphasis that translates into strong and competitive programs," Dr. Colin Read, dean of the School of Business and Economics, said in the news release."Accreditation is hard work, but work that is most valuable for our students."The accreditation has been granted for seven years and will result in a re-accreditation visit in 2014.For more information on the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Program, call the Admissions Office at 564-2040 or go online at http://web.plattsburgh.edu/academics/hrtm.