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Middle States Accreditation

University of Baltimore Accreditation

The University of Baltimore is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267.284.5000)

Every decade American institutions of higher education seek voluntary reaccreditation, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is UB’s accrediting body. Preparation for our next Middle States visit is already under way, as we work to assess all the goals we have set for ourselves over the last few years. Every unit within the University of Baltimore is engaged in self-study. The desire for institutional effectiveness and evidence based decision making informs our self-study model.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.

The Commission on Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (Candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Maryland… [It is] also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions which offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in Maryland.

Comprehensive Self-Study
Institutional review by peers and colleagues is the foundation of higher education. Middle States points out that “[t]he accrediting process is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence and minimizing the scope of external control.” The extent to which we fulfill our responsibilities in this process is a reflection of our commitment to the quality of the education we offer.

The University of Baltimore’s visit from Middle States comes in Spring 2017. At that time we will be able to demonstrate we are achieving educational distinction by complying with the fourteen standards as outlined by the Characteristics of Excellence.

Self-Study Design
UB’s Self-Study is organized around four major themes each one examining several of the fourteen standards, and each of which comprises a Working Group. Working Groups each consist of approximately ten members divided among the four thematically organized work groups. Together with the members on the Steering Committee, these approximately sixty people comprise our Middle States Planning team. Each Working Group is responsible for examining existing data and evaluative reports, gathering new information, and preparing analytical reports on their assigned topics. Under the leadership of the Steering Committee, a broad cross-section of the campus community is participating in the four Working Groups. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Catherine Andersen, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dr. Darlene Smith, Professor in the Merrick School of Business.

UB Mission
The University of Baltimore provides innovative education in business, public affairs, the applied liberal arts and sciences, and law to serve the needs of a diverse population in an urban setting. A public university, the University of Baltimore offers excellent teaching and a supportive community for undergraduate, graduate and professional students in an environment distinguished by academic research and public service.

UB Documents
Institutional Assessment Plan
Self-Study timeline
Self-Study steering committee and Work Groups
Steering Committee meeting minutes
April 7, 2015
 April 21, 2015
 May 19, 2015

Middle States documents and links
Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education
Self Study: creating a useful process report
Team Visits: Conducting and hosting an evaluation visit
Middle States home
Policies, guidelines and procedures