Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Bowie State University
    Bowie, MD
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Aminta Breaux, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs » Four-year, medium, primarily residential
  • Control:
    Public
  • Former Name(s):
    State Teachers College at Bowie, Bowie State College
  • Address:
    14000 Jericho Park Road
    Bowie, MD 20715
  • Phone:
    (301) 860-4000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Gayle Fink
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1961
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020-2021
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Not approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-Master's Certificate
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Andrews Air Force Base Degress Center
Andrews Air Force Base Andrews
Camp Springs, MD 20762
Additional Location
Connecticut Park (BSU/MCPS
11490 Connecticut Ave
Silver Springs, MD 20902
Additional Location
Fort George G. Meade
RT 175 Ft. Meade
Ft. Meade, MD 21113
Additional Location
Landover/Glendale Higher Education Cente
9601 Greenbelt Road
Landover, MD 20706
Additional Location
Montgomery County Public School Partners
850 Hungerford Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Additional Location
Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD 20774
Additional Location
Southern Maryland Higher Education Center
44219 Airport Road
California, MD 20619-2010
Additional Location
Thomas Stone High School Center
3785 Leonardtown Road
Waldorf, MD 20601
Additional Location
USM Shady Grove Center
9630Gudelsky Dr
Rockville, MD 20850
Additional Location
Western Maryland Program - Allegany Coll
12401 Willowbrook road
Cumberland, MD 21502
Additional Location
Fort George G. Meade
Rt 175 Ft Meade
Odenton, MD 21113
Other Instructional Site
Prince Georges County Public Schools
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Other Instructional Site
Thomas Stone High School
3785 Leonard Town Road
Waldorf,, MD 20601
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • August 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at 312 Marshall Avenue, Suite 205, Laurel, MD 20707 within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To note that written evidence of necessary approvals has been provided. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • March 14, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 12, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due December 14, 2018, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience.
  • November 16, 2017
    To accept the progress report. To acknowledge receipt of the ACEN report requested by the Commission on November 17, 2016. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report due October 1, 2017, documenting further steps taken to reduce the student loan default rate (Standard 8). To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to its ACEN accreditation status; a copy of the ACEN report must be submitted to the Commission within 10 business days of its completion. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the supplemental information report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 26, 2015
    To request a supplemental information report, due July 13, 2015, addressing the recent action of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2014, documenting further progress in the implementation of an organized and sustainable process to assess the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, including general education, with evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standards 12 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • January 3, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, 44219 Airport Road, California, MD 20619-2010 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at this site do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due October 1, 2012, providing evidence of the implementation of (1) an organized and sustainable assessment process, including direct measures, to improve institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and the allocation of resources (Standard 7); (2) appropriate procedures and policies for the initiation, quality, and assessment of distance education offerings (Standard 13); and (3) an organized and sustainable process with adequate administrative support and faculty resources, to assess the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, including general education, with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standards 12 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 23, 2011
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2012, providing evidence of the implementation of (1) an organized and sustainable assessment process, including direct measures, to improve institutional effectiveness, with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and the allocation of resources (Standard 7); (2) appropriate procedures and policies for the initiation, quality, and assessment of distance education offerings (Standard 13); and (3) an organized and sustainable process with adequate administrative support and faculty resources, to assess the achievement of expected student learning outcomes in all programs, including general education, with evidence that assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standards 12 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).