Institutional Accreditation and Approval
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
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.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680
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.
Program Accreditation and Approval
The American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education* accredits programs in occupational therapy. Towson University’s master’s program has been accredited since 1978. The program was reaccredited in 2012.
The doctoral program in audiology and 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.
The 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.
The Maryland Board of Nursing has approved the registered nursing program.
The Maryland State Department of Education has approved programs leading to teacher licensure.
The Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council accredits master's degree programs. The Psychology program with a Counseling concentration was accredited in 2016.
The National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation* accredits academic units. The Department of Dance has been accredited since 1982 and was last reaccredited in 2015.
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.
The National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation* accredits academic units. The department has been accredited since 2003 and was last reaccredited in 2009.
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education accredits undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers and other school personnel. Towson University’s programs have been accredited since 1954 and were last reaccredited in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
The Forensic Science Education Programs Accrediting Commission accredits undergraduate and graduate programs. Towson University’s programs have been accredited since 2011 and were last reaccredited in 2016.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. accredits entry-level physician assistant programs. Towson University’s program has
been accredited since 1972 and was last reaccredited in 2015.
* Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
Towson University has approval from a number of states to offer coursework to residents of that state when the student is not in residence in Maryland. The state authorization process is complex and constantly changing due to the regulatory requirements in each state and the fee structures associated with approval.
Approvals for coursework are typically sought for the ability to offer online courses/programs and approval to offer courses with a physical presence in the student’s home state of residence.
Towson University has also been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). This is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance (online) education, and it 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 Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services for questions related to field placements.
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.)|
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.
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.