Accreditation & Approval

Institutional Accreditation and Approval

Towson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (Tel. 267-284-5000).  MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Towson University’s accreditation was reaffirmed by MSCHE on November 17, 2016, following an extensive self-study process. Towson University has been accredited by MSCHE since 1949.

Maryland Higher Education Commission

The Maryland Higher Education Commission coordinates the growth and development of post-secondary education in Maryland. The Maryland Higher Education Commission authorizes Towson University to confer academic degrees.

Program Accreditation and Approval

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Athletic Training program

The Joint Review Committee on Education Programs in Athletic Training accredits entry-level education programs. Towson University’s program has been accredited since 1999 and was last reaccredited in 2009.

Audiology program

The doctoral (Au.D.) program in audiology at Towson University has been placed on probation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. A program on probation is not currently in full compliance with the accreditation standards. Programs on probation remain accredited but must demonstrate compliance with the standards within one year

The CAA found the program to be in partial compliance with the program completion rate.  For the complete report, see the CAA Accreditation Decisions website at:  http://caa.asha.org/programs/accreditation-decisions/.

Business and Accounting programs

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredits undergraduate and graduate programs in business and accounting. Towson University’s programs were initially accredited in 1992 and were last reaccredited in 2013.

 Computer Science program

 The ABET (Computing Accreditation Commission), formerly known as the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology, accredits undergraduate programs in computer science. Towson University’s computer science program has been accredited since 1994 and was reaccredited in 2012.

Department of Dance

The National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation accredits academic units. The Department of Dance has been accredited since 1984 and was last reaccredited in 2015.

College of Education

The College of Education at Towson University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Towson University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes. Towson University’s programs have been accredited since 1954 and were last reaccredited in 2015.

The Maryland State Department of Education has approved programs leading to teacher licensure.

Forensic Chemistry and Forensic Science programs

The bachelor of science and master of science programs in forensic chemistry at Towson University are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accrediting Commission (FEPAC), American Academy of Forensic Sciences, 410 North 21st Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904, tel. (719) 636-1100, www.aafs.org. Towson University’s programs have been accredited since 2011 and were last reaccredited in 2016.

Molecular Biology, Biochemistry & Bioinformatics program

The bachelor of science program in molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics at Towson University is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), 11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 302, Rockville, MD 20852-3110, tel. (240) 283-6600, www.asbmb.org. Towson University's program has been accredited since 2017.

Department of Music

The National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation accredits academic units. The Department of Music has been accredited since 1974 and was last reaccredited in 2015.

Nursing programs

The baccalaureate degree and the master's degree in nursing at Towson University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

The Maryland Board of Nursing has approved the registered nursing program.

Occupational Therapy programs

The entry-level occupational therapy master's degree program and the combined baccalaureate/master's occupational therapy program at Towson University are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE's telephone number c/o AOTA is (301) 652-AOTA, and its Web address is www.acoteonline.org. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). In addition, all states require licensure in order to practice; however, state licenses are usually based on the results of the NBCOT Certification Examination. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate's ability to sit for the NBCOT Certification Examination or attain state licensure.

Physician Assistant Studies program

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician
Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the
Towson University CCBC Essex Physician Assistant Program sponsored
by Community College of Baltimore County. Accreditation-Continued is
an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is
in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.


Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws
from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for
failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next
validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September
2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with
the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Psychology program, Counseling Concentration

The Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council accredits master's degree programs.   The M.A. in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of February, 2016 through February, 2020.

Speech-Language Pathology program

The  master's program in speech-language pathology at Towson University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

Department of Theatre Arts

The National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation accredits academic units. The department of theatre arts has been accredited since 2003 and was last reaccredited in 2009.


Governance

Towson University is a member of the University System of Maryland, which includes 12 public 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.

State Authorization

Towson University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).  This voluntary regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance (online) education provides Towson University approval to offer its distance education programs in other NC-SARA states, found at http://www.nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions. Contact the for questions related to field placements.

SARA States

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The current status of state authorizations by non-SARA states follows:

State Approval to Offer Online Courses/Programs Approval to Offer Onsite Coursework (Practicum, Internships, Independent Studies, etc.)
California Yes Yes1
Florida Yes Yes2
Massachusetts Yes No
Puerto Rico No No
  1. All supervision is provided by the site. TU faculty will not travel to California to oversee any portion of the student experience.
  2. Field experience placements must be initiated by the student, not arranged by TU. All supervision is provided by the site. TU faculty will not travel to Florida to oversee any portion of the student experience.

Contact Information for Student Complaint Processes

Academic Policies and Procedures that apply to all Towson University undergraduate students are found in the undergraduate catalog. Similarly, the Academic Policies and Procedures pertaining to Towson University graduate students are found in the graduate catalog. Guidelines to address student complaints exist in the divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and in the Office of Institutional Equity.

Students who reside in a SARA state while taking TU online courses and programs have recourse to file complaints with the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The Commission requires students to first exhaust all internal TU complaint procedures. If a student believes the complaint has not been resolved appropriately by TU, then a complaint to the Maryland Higher Education Commission should be filed within two years of the incident by following the procedures of the Commission (http://mhec.maryland.gov/institutions_training/Pages/career/pcs/complaint.aspx).

Students who reside in non-SARA states while taking TU online courses and programs may obtain contact information for the state in which they reside through a link provided by the State Higher Education Executive Officers website (http://www.sheeo.org/node/434) by scrolling to and clicking on the hyperlinked title, Student Complaint Process by State.

Towson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267-284-5000. The MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Commission’s policy on filing complaints can be found on its website at the following link: http://www.msche.org/documents/ComplaintsInvolvingMemberCandidate.PDF.