Statement of Accreditation Status

Mount St. Mary’s University

  • CEO: Dr. Timothy Trainor, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Jeffrey Simmons
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Mount Saint Mary's College and Seminary (6/1/2004)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1922
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024

Contact Information

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

(301) 447-6122

www.msmary.edu

  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • January 3, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, MD 21157. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • January 3, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first alternative delivery method program (online post-baccalaureate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023 - 2024.
  • June 23, 2016
    To accept the supplemental information report. To request a monitoring report, due December 1, 2016, providing evidence of the further implementation of (1) written governing documents that (a) provide for collegial governance, (b) include a procedure for the periodic objective assessment of the governing body, (c) involve the governing body, administration, and faculty in policy development and decision making related to the selection and evaluation of the chief executive officer, standards for admission and graduation, and the hiring, promotion, tenure, and dismissal of faculty, and (d) improvements based on periodic assessments of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4); (2) equitable and consistent treatment of all institutional constituencies in the application of (a) academic requirements and policies, (b) student assessments, (c) procedures for faculty promotion, tenure, retention, and compensation, (d) administrative reviews, (e) institutional governance and management practices, and (f) improvements based on periodic assessments of institutional integrity (Standard 6); (3) enrollment management policies and procedures that (a) support and reflect the mission of the institution, (b) provide students with accurate and comprehensive information about any placement or diagnostic assessments, (c) improvements based on periodic assessments of policies and procedures related to admission, remediation, retention, and graduation (Standard 8); (4) a comprehensive review of standards and procedures for all faculty and other professionals that (a) relate to personnel actions such as appointment, promotion, tenure, grievance, discipline, and dismissal, (b) are based on principles of fairness with due regard for the rights of all persons, and (c) adhere to accepted principles of academic freedom, within the context of institutional mission (Standard 10). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • February 17, 2016
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due March 15, 2016, addressing recent developments at the University which may have implications for continued compliance with Requirement of Affiliation #9, Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance), Standard 6 (Integrity), Standard 8 (Student Admissions and Retention), and Standard 10 (Faculty).
  • June 25, 2015
    To reaffirm accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
  • March 6, 2014
    To accept the progress report. To note the institution's decision not to offer the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators program and to remove the Commission's provisional approval of the program from the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014 - 2015.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the progress report. To request a progress report, due December 1, 2013 (1) indicating a decision about whether the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators program will be maintained within the scope of the institution's accreditation and, if so, providing further documentation that the program meets institution-wide standards for quality of instruction, including articulated expectations for student learning, academic rigor, and educational effectiveness (Standard 13); and (2) providing further evidence that assessment of the new general education program is included within the institution's overall assessment of student learning, and demonstrates the use of direct measures and the utilization of results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 12). To note that approval for the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators program remains provisional, pending the Commission's acceptance of the December 1, 2013 progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014 - 2015.
  • March 5, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request, to note the institution's decision to close the inactive additional location at Hampton Inn, 1716 Dual Highway, Hagerstown MD, and to remove this location from the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the progress report, due April 1, 2013, providing further documentation that (1) the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators program meets institution-wide standards for quality of instruction, including articulated expectations for student learning, academic rigor, and educational effectiveness (Standard 13); and (2) assessment of general education outcomes is included within the institution's overall assessment of student learning, and demonstrates the use of direct measures and the utilization of results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 12). To note that approval for the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators program remains provisional, pending the Commission's acceptance of the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014 - 2015.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2013, providing further documentation that (1) the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators program meets institution-wide standards for quality of instruction, including articulated expectations for student learning, academic rigor, and educational effectiveness (Standard 13); and (2) assessment of general education outcomes is included within the institution's overall assessment of student learning, and demonstrates the use of direct measures and the utilization of results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 12). To note that approval for the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators program remains provisional, pending the Commission's acceptance of the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014 - 2015.
  • March 3, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Master of Education in Instructional Leadership for Catholic Educators provisionally within the scope of the institution’s accreditation, pending the Commission’s acceptance of the monitoring report due April 1, 2012. To request that the monitoring report, due April 1, 2012, include evidence that the online program meets institution-wide standards for quality of instruction, including articulated expectations for student learning, academic rigor, and educational effectiveness (Standard 13); and that it document (1) the role of the academic deans in relation to collegial governance, lines of organization and authority, and administrative support for student learning assessment activities including academic program reviews (Standards 4, 5, 14); (2) assessment of general education outcomes within the institution's overall assessment of student learning, including statements of expectations for student learning assessment on course syllabi, the use of direct measures, and the utilization of results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 12); and (3) review of the institution's mission in service to multiple internal constituencies (undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and the Seminary) and the articulation of goals, consistent with mission, to guide planning, resource allocation, and the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standards 1, 2, 3, 7). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014 – 2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report due by April 1, 2012, documenting (1) the role of the academic deans in relation to collegial governance, lines of organization and authority, and administrative support for student learning assessment activities including academic program reviews (Standards 4, 5, 14); (2) assessment of general education outcomes within the institution's overall assessment of student learning, including statements of expectations for student learning assessment on course syllabi, the use of direct measures, and the utilization of results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 12); and (3) review of the institution's mission in service to multiple internal constituencies (undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and the Seminary) and the articulation of goals, consistent with mission, to guide planning, resource allocation, and the assessment of institutional effectiveness (Standards 1, 2, 3, 7). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope
  • Additional Location
    MSMU Center for Professional and Continuing Studies
    5350 Spectrum Drive
    Frederick, MD 21703
  • Other Instructional Site
    Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy
    270 Tech Park
    Frederick, MD 21703

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