Statement of Accreditation Status

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

  • CEO: Dr. Peter Goodwin, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Lawrence Sanford
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Not classified
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2013
  • Accreditation Granted: 2016
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029

Contact Information

2020 Horns Point Road
Cambridge, MD 21613

(410) 228-9250

  • March 10, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To request that, beginning in 2022 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the Mid-Point Peer Review in 2025, the institution provide further evidence of (1) demonstrated and documented use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness (Standard V) and (2) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessment of non-academic units (Standard VI). To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • October 29, 2020
    To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2021 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • March 3, 2016
    To grant accreditation. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2018, documenting further implementation and evidence of (1) assessment results that are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used in institutional planning, resource allocation, and renewal with sufficient simplicity, detail and ownership to be sustainable (Standards 2 and 7); and (2) clearly articulated statements of expected student learning outcomes at all levels and for all programs (Standards 11 and 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the Accreditation Readiness Report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To grant Candidate for Accreditation status, and to invite the institution to initiate self-study in preparation for an evaluation visit in 2015-2016. To note that Candidate for Accreditation status is an indication that the institution is progressing toward, but is not assured of, accreditation.
  • 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:

  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope

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