Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Towson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to award undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In addition, certificates are awarded at the post-baccalaureate and post-master’s levels. Towson University’s accreditation was reaffirmed by MSCHE on November 17, 2011, following an extensive self-study process and site visit. Towson University has been accredited by MSCHE since1949.
Accreditation is the educational community’s means of self-regulation through quality assurance and improvement. The accrediting process is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. MSCHE is the regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Maryland Higher Education Commission
The Maryland Higher Education Commission coordinates the growth and development of post-secondary education in Maryland. In keeping with the goals outlined in the State Plan for Higher Education, the commission establishes statewide policies for public and private colleges and universities, and for private career schools. The commission reviews and approves the start-up and continuation of new colleges and universities in Maryland, as well as requests for new academic programs at established schools. Towson University was chartered in the State Constitution as the State Normal School in 1865. Because it was in place prior to the creation of the Maryland Higher Education Commission, it is an “established school.” Towson University has sought and received approval for all programmatic offerings.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*accredits undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. The undergraduate nursing program has been accredited since 2001. The program was reaccredited in 2011. Graduate level programs have been accredited since 2004. The graduate programs were reaccredited in 2009.
ABET (Computing Accreditation Commission), formerly known as Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology, accredits undergraduate programs in computer science. Towson University’s computer science program has been accredited since 1994 and reaccreditation is expected in 2012.
Towson University is a member of the University System of Maryland which includes 12 institutions, two regional centers and a system office. The system is governed by a 17- member Board of Regents, appointed by the Governor of Maryland.