Statement of Accreditation Status
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
- CEO: Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, President
- Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Jeffrey Byrd
- Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Terence Peavy, Vice President
- Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, small, highly residential
- Control: Public
- Former Name(s): St. Mary's Seminary Junior College (1/1/1964)
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Accreditation Granted: 1959
- Last Reaffirmation: 2017
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024-2025
- February 17, 2022
To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
- 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 2024-2025.
- June 22, 2017
To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
- March 3, 2016
To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 14, including but not limited to a documented, organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning that (1) maximizes the use of existing data and information; (2) involves the support and collaboration of faculty and administration in assessing student learning and responding to assessment results; and (3) provides evidence that student learning assessment information is shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and is used to improve teaching and learning. To request that the monitoring report also document (4) goals and objectives or strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels (Standard 2); and (5) steps taken to assure continuity and stability of institutional administration (Standard 5). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
- September 3, 2013
To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Performance Studies and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Music Performance Studies within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the next evaluation team visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
- July 26, 2013
To grant the institution a one-year extension on the self-study. The self-study year will now be 2015-2016 with an evaluation team visit occurring during the fall semester 2015 or the spring semester 2016.
- November 18, 2010
To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. 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