STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

TOWSON UNIVERSITY
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001
Phone: (410) 704-2000; Fax: (410) 704-3488
www.towson.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Maravene Loeschke, President
System: University System of Maryland Central Office
Dr. William E. Kirwan, Chancellor
3330 Metzerott Road
Adelphi, MD 20783
Phone: (301) 445-1901; Fax: (301) 439-6441
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 17988 Undergraduate; 3972 Graduate
Control: Public
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- The University System of Maryland
Carnegie Classification: Master's - Larger Programs
Degrees Offered: Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Master's, Post-Master's Certificate, Doctor's - Professional Practice (Professional Practice (AuD)), Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation; National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Other Accreditors: AACSB International; Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Athletic Training: ABET (Computing Accrediation Commission); American Chemical Society; Forensic Science Education Programs Accrediting Commission (FEPEC); Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA); American Association for Health Education; Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; Bates Middle School, Annapolis, MD; Beihua University, 3999 Huashan Road, China; Bel Air Middle School, Bel Air, MD; Bonnie Johns Center, Landover, MD; Brooklynn Park Middle School, Baltimore, MD; Carver Center, Gambrills, MD; CCBC Hunt Valley, Cockeysville, MD; CCBC-Owings Mill, Owings Mill, MD; Centennial High School, Ellicott City, MD; Community College of Baltimore – Essex Campus, Baltimore, MD; Dumbarton Middle School, Baltimore, MD; Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore, MD; Four Seasons Elementary School, Gambrills, MD; Georgian Forest Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD; Hickory Elementary School, Bel Air, MD; Howard County Community College, Columbia, MD; John F. Kennedy High School, Silver Spring, MD; Laurel College Center, Laurel, MD; Northern Maryland Higher Education Center, Aberdeen, MD; Old Cedar Lane Annex Facilities, Columbia, MD; Parkville High School, Baltimore, MD; Parkville Middle School, Baltimore, MD; Pulaski Park Office, Baltimore, MD; Quality Leadership University, Calle 45, Bella Vista, Panama; Ridgely Middle School, Lutherville, MD; Rocky Hill Middle School, Clarksburg, MD; Running Brook Elementary School, Columbia, MD; Shanghai Finance University, No. 995 Shangchuan Road, China; Shanghai General Plan, Institute of Education, Section A, IT Building, 489 Songtao Road, China; Soongsil University, 511 Sangdo-dong Dongjak-gu, South Korea; Southampton Middle School, Bel Air, MD; Southern Maryland Higher Educ Ctr, California, MD; Timonium Support Services Building, Timonium, MD; Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, Bel Air, MD  (ANYA); Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD; University of Danang, University of Economics, Vietnam; University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, Hagerstown, MD; Waldorf Higher Education Center, Waldorf, MD; Western High School, Baltimore, MD; White Oak Middle School, Silver Spring, MD; Winter Mills High School, Westminster, MD
Other Instructional Sites: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; Armistead Garden ES/MS, Baltimore, MD; Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD; Baltimore City College, Baltimore, MD; Bear Creek Elementary, Dundalk, MD; BEIT RJ Community High School, Baltimore, MD; Bel Air Elementary School, Bel Air, MD; Benjamin Banneker Middle School, Burtonsville, MD; Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD; Brehms Lane Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Calvin Rodwell Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Center for Educational Opportunities, Aberdeen, MD; Cockeysville Middle School, Cockeysville, MD; College Gardens Elementary, Rockville, MD; Cromwell Valley Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Deep Creek Middle School, Baltimore County, MD; General John Stricker, Baltimore, MD; Glenmar Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Gunpowder Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Halstead Academy, Baltimore, MD; Hamilton Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD; Harford Hills Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Harpers Choice Middle School, Columbia, MD; Hereford High School, Parkton, MD; Hickory Elementary School, Bel Air, MD; High Roads School, Baltimore, MD; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; Joppatowne Elementary School, Joppa, MD; Laurel Elementary School, Laurel, MD; Loch Raven Academy, Baltimore, MD; Margaret Brent Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Milton M Somers MS, La Plata, MD; Morrell Park Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; Mt Hebron HS, Ellicott City, MD; Mt. Royal Elementary, Baltimore, MD; New Town High School, Owings Mills, MD; Norwood Elementary, Baltimore, MD; Old Mill HS, Millersville, MD; Padonia International Elementary School, Cockeysville, MD; Patapsco Elementary-Middle School, Baltimore, MD; Patterson High School, Baltimore, MD; Perry Hall High School, Baltimore, MD; Professional Development Ctr, Baltimore, MD; Sussex Elementary School, Baltimore, MD; The Green School, Baltimore, MD; Towson High School, Towson, MD; Vansville ES, Beltsville, MD; Waterloo Elementary School, Columbia, MD; Waugh Chapel ES, Odenton, MD; Woodbridge Elementary, Baltimore, MD; Woodlin Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1949
Last Reaffirmed: November 17, 2011

Most Recent Commission Action:
January 2, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, 510 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD 21015 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 17, 2011: To accept the supplemental information report and to reaffirm accreditation. To affirm inclusion of the following domestic additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation: (1) CCBC - Owings Mill, 110 Painter's Mill Road, Baltimore MD 21117; (2) Eastern Technical High School, 1100 Mace Ave., Baltimore MD 21221; (3) Hickory Elementary School, 2100 Conowingo Road, Bel Air MD 21014; (4) John F. Kennedy High School, 1900 Randolph Road, Silver Spring MD 20902; (5) Old Cedar Lane Annex Facilities, 5451 Beaverkill Road, Columbia MD 21044, and (6) Timonium Support Services Building, 1940 - 46 Greenside Drive, Timonium MD 21093. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at each additional location. The Commission notes that approval extends for one calendar year from the date of this action. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within this time frame, approval will lapse. To remind the institution of its obligation to seek prior approval before commencing or closing operations at any additional location, domestic or international. To note that approval for the additional location at Heifei Normal University, 327 Jinzhai Road, Hefei City, Anhui Province, P.R. China 230061 remains provisional, and that the Commission will not consider approval of this or any other international locations or programs until the Commission has acted to accept the strategic plan for international locations. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2012, providing evidence of the implementation of a long-range plan for international programs and locations (Standard 13) and compliance with state regulations concerning the proportion of credit hours that must be taught at each off-campus site by full-time faculty (Standard 10, Requirement of Affiliation #5). To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, providing documentation of (1) steps taken to promote an institution-wide culture of assessment with adequate support, collaboration, and resources; (2) the further implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment process to evaluate the extent to which all units achieve stated goals; and (3) evidence that assessment information is used to improve and gain efficiencies in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7). A small team visit may follow submission of the March 1, 2013 monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
February 28, 2012: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To re-classify the following instructional sites as additional locations: (1) Brooklyn Park Middle School, 200 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore MD 21225; (2) Catonsville Middle School, 2301 Edmonson Avenue, Baltimore MD 21228; (3) Centennial High School, 4300 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City MD 21042; (4) Southampton Middle School, 1200 Moores Mill Road, Bel Air MD 21014. To include the following new additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation: ((5) Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road, Baltimore MD 21212; (6) Owings Mill High School, 124 Tollgate Road, Owings Mill MD 21117; (7) Parkville Middle School, 8711 Avondale Road, Baltimore MD 21234; (8) Pine Grove Middle School, 9200 Old Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21234; (9) Pulaski Park Office, 9610 Pulaski Park Drive, Baltimore MD 21220; and (10) River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville MD 21029. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at each additional location. In the event that operations do not commence with one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution of its obligation to seek prior approval before commencing or closing operations at any additional location, domestic or international. To continue to note that approval for the additional location at Heifei Normal University, 327 Jinzhai Road, Hefei City, Anhui Province, P.R. China 230061 remains provisional, and that the Commission will not consider approval of this or any other international locations or programs until the Commission has acted to accept the strategic plan for international locations. To remind the institution that the monitoring report, due October 1, 2012, should provide evidence of the implementation of a long-range plan for international programs and locations (Standard 13) and compliance with state regulations concerning the proportion of credit hours that must be taught at each off-campus site by full-time faculty (Standard 10, Requirement of Affiliation #5). To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, providing documentation of (1) steps taken to promote an institution-wide culture of assessment with adequate support, collaboration, and resources; (2) the further implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment process to evaluate the extent to which all units achieve stated goals; and (3) evidence that assessment information is used to improve and gain efficiencies in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7). A small team visit may follow submission of the March 1, 2013 monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
June 28, 2012: To accept the monitoring report. To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, providing documentation of (1) steps taken to promote an institution-wide culture of assessment with adequate support, collaboration, and resources; (2) the further implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment process to evaluate the extent to which all units achieve stated goals; and (3) evidence that assessment information is used to improve and gain efficiencies in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7). A small team visit may follow submission of the March 1, 2013 monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
June 28, 2012: To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the following international additional locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation: (1) University of Lodz, Polish American Management Center, 22/26 J. Matejkl Street, 90-237, Lodz, Poland; (2) Shanghai General Plan, Institute of Education, Section A, IT Building, 489 Songtao Road, Zhangliang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong, Shanghai, China; (3) Soongsil University, 511 Sangdo-dong Dongjak-gu, Seoul 156-43, Korea; (4) Shanghai Finance University, No. 995 Shangchuan Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China; (5) Quality Leadership University, Calle 45, Bella Vista, Panama City, Panama; (6) University of Danang, University of Economics, 41 Le Duan Street, Danang, Vietnam; and (7) Beihua University, 3999 Huashan Road, Jilin City, Jilin Province 132013, China. To remind the institution of its obligation to seek prior approval before commencing or closing operations at any additional location, domestic or international.
July 2, 2012: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the following additional locations, and to remove them from the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective as of the date of this action: (1) Mario Loiderman Middle School, 12701 Goodhill Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20871; (2) Burnt Mills Elementary School, 11211 Childs Street, Silver Spring, MD 20901; (3) Charles Drew Elementary School, 1200 Swingingdale Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20905; (4) DuFief Elementary School, 15001 DuFief Dr., Gaithersburg, MD 20878; (5) Kensington-Parkwood Elementary School, 4710 Saul Rd., Kensington, MD 20895; (6) University of Lodz, Polish American Management Center, 22/26 J. Matejkl Street, 90-237, Poland; (7) College of Southern Maryland, LaPlata, MD; and (8) Prince George, Largo, MD. To continue to remind the institution of its obligation to seek prior approval before commencing or closing operations at any additional location, domestic or international. To further remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, providing documentation of (1) steps taken to promote an institution-wide culture of assessment with adequate support, collaboration, and resources; (2) the further implementation of an organized and sustainable assessment process to evaluate the extent to which all units achieve stated goals; and (3) evidence that assessment information is used to improve and gain efficiencies in programs, services, and processes (Standard 7). A small team visit may follow submission of the March 1, 2013 monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
August 31, 2012: To note the institution's decision not to open the following additional locations: (1) Owings Mill High School, 124 Tollgate Road, Owings Mill MD 21117; and (2) River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville MD 21029 and to remove the sites from the institution's accreditation.
February 26, 2013: To note the institution's decision not to open the following additional locations: (1) Pine Grove Middle School, 9200 Old Harford Road, Baltimore MD 21234; and (2) Catonsville Middle School, 2301 Edmonson Avenue, Baltimore MD 21228 and to remove the sites from the institution's accreditation.
March 5, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To re-classify the following instructional site as an additional location: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, CECOM Building G-1/HRDD, 6008 Jayhawk Road, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD 21005. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations do not commence with one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note that the monitoring report, due March 1, 2013, has been received. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
June 27, 2013: To accept the monitoring report and to indicate that a small team visit will not be conducted at this time. The Periodic Review Report is due November 1, 2016.
July 1, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at Winter Mills High School, 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster, MD 21157 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due November 1, 2016.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020 - 2021

Next Periodic Review Report: 2016

Date Printed: April 17, 2014

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A location of an institution that is geographically apart and independent of the main campus of the institution. The location is independent if the location: 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.

Additional Location - A location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of an educational program. 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.

Other Instructional Sites - A location, other than a branch campus or additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit.

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."

EXPLANATION OF COMMISSION ACTIONS

An institution's accreditation continues unless it is explicitly suspended or removed. In addition to reviewing the institution's accreditation status at least every 5 years, actions are taken for substantive changes (such as a new degree or geographic site, or a change of ownership) or when other events occur that require review for continued compliance. Any type of report or visit required by the Commission is reviewed and voted on by the Commission after it is completed.

In increasing order of seriousness, a report by an institution to the Commission may be accepted, acknowledged, or rejected.

Levels of Actions:

Grant or Re-Affirm Accreditation without follow-up

Defer a decision on initial accreditation: The institution shows promise but the evaluation team has identified issues of concern and recommends that the institution be given a specified time period to address those concerns.

Postpone a decision on (reaffirmation of) accreditation: The Commission has determined that there is insufficient information to substantiate institutional compliance with one or more standards.

Continue accreditation: A delay of up to one year may be granted to ensure a current and accurate representation of the institution or in the event of circumstances beyond the institution’s control (natural disaster, U.S. State Department travel warnings, etc.)

Recommendations to be addressed in the next Periodic Review Report: Suggestions for improvement are given, but no follow-up is needed for compliance.

Supplemental Information Report: This is required when a decision is postponed and are intended only to allow the institution to provide further information, not to give the institution time to formulate plans or initiate remedial action.

Progress report: The Commission needs assurance that the institution is carrying out activities that were planned or were being implemented at the time of a report or on-site visit.

Monitoring report: There is a potential for the institution to become non-compliant with MSCHE standards; issues are more complex or more numerous; or issues require a substantive, detailed report. A visit may or may not be required.

Warning: The Commission acts to Warn an institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy when the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and a follow-up report, called a monitoring report, is required to demonstrate that the institution has made appropriate improvements to bring itself into compliance. Warning indicates that the Commission believes that, although the institution is out of compliance, the institution has the capacity to make appropriate improvements within a reasonable period of time and the institution has the capacity to sustain itself in the long term.

Probation: The Commission places an institution on Probation when, in the Commission’s judgment, the institution is not in compliance with one or more Commission standards and that the non-compliance is sufficiently serious, extensive, or acute that it raises concern about one or more of the following:

  1. the adequacy of the education provided by the institution;
  2. the institution’s capacity to make appropriate improvements in a timely fashion; or
  3. the institution’s capacity to sustain itself in the long term.

Probation is often, but need not always be, preceded by an action of Warning or Postponement. If the Commission had previously postponed a decision or placed the institution on Warning, the Commission may place the institution on Probation if it determines that the institution has failed to address satisfactorily the Commission’s concerns in the prior action of postponement or warning regarding compliance with Commission standards. This action is accompanied by a request for a monitoring report, and a special visit follows. Probation may, but need not always, precede an action of Show Cause.

Suspend accreditation: Accreditation has been Continued for one year and an appropriate evaluation is not possible. This is a procedural action that would result in Removal of Accreditation if accreditation cannot be reaffirmed within the period of suspension.

Show cause why the institution's accreditation should not be removed: The institution is required to present its case for accreditation by means of a substantive report and/or an on-site evaluation. A "Public Disclosure Statement" is issued by the Commission.

Remove accreditation. If the institution appeals this action, its accreditation remains in effect until the appeal is completed.

Other actions are described in the Commission policy, "Range of Commission Actions on Accreditation."