401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015-1698
Phone: (443) 412-2000; Fax: (443) 412-2481

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Dennis Golladay, President
Enrollment (Headcount): 6520 Undergraduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State and Local- Harford County Maryland
2015 Carnegie Classification: Associate's Colleges - High Transfer-High Traditional
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year), Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ; American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Other Accreditors: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: None
Other Instructional Sites: Aberdeen Senior High School, Aberdeen, MD; Bel Air High School, Bel Air, MD; C. Milton Wright High School, Bel Air, MD; Edgewood High School, Edgewood, MD; Fallston High School, Fallston, MD; Forest Hill Lanes, Forest Hill, MD; Harford Technical High School, Bel Air, MD; Janet Barr Soldier Support Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD; Joppatowne High School, Joppatowne, MD; North Harford High School, Pylesville, MD; Patterson Mill High School, Bel Air, MD
Status: Member since 1967
Last Reaffirmed: June 28, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 28, 2012: To reaffirm accreditation. To commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2017.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 15, 2007: To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report due October 1, 2009, documenting progress in the implementation of (1) a comprehensive institutional strategic plan, which links long-range planning with decision making and budgeting (Standard 2); (2) an organized, comprehensive, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes, including the use of direct measures and evidence that assessment information is linked to strategic planning and used to improve teaching and learning. (Standards 7 and 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2011-2012.
November 19, 2009: To accept the monitoring report, to commend the institution for progress to date, and to request that the self-study, in preparation for the 2011-2012 evaluation visit, document (1) ongoing implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that links long-range planning to decision-making and budgeting processes (Standard 2), and (2) ongoing implementation of an organized and sustained process to evaluate and improve student learning and institutional effectiveness (Standards 7 and 14).

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021 - 2022

Next Periodic Review Report: 2017

Date Printed: July 24, 2016


Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.