President Kim Schatzel sent the following message to the TU community on Friday
Dear Towson University community,
As Towson University continues to seek ways to better serve our students and our state as an anchor institution, who we are as a university will adapt as well. At their recent September meeting, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents provided support for Towson University’s aspiration to extend our mission towards a more expansive research and graduate degree agenda.
This outcome is the result of a highly collaborative strategic planning process, through which our students, faculty, and staff as well as the shared governance bodies provided thoughtful input. After a comprehensive internal review, the expanded mission statement now acknowledges a greater emphasis on research and provides the authority to grant research doctoral degrees, paving the way for our ongoing pursuit to achieve an R2-Doctoral Carnegie Classification. The new mission statement, which can be found on TU’s website, reads as follows:
Towson University fosters intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, preparing graduates who will serve as effective leaders for the public good. Through a foundation in the liberal arts and a commitment to academic excellence, interdisciplinary study, research and public service, Towson University prepares students for careers in high demand today and in the future. TU is recognized as a leader in community engagement, including entrepreneurial efforts that provide collaborative opportunities between the campus and the larger Maryland community. Our graduates leave with the vision, creativity and adaptability to craft solutions that enrich the culture, society, economy and environment of the state, the region and beyond.
This historic action supports the expansion of the university’s research activity and the development of new graduate degree programs – inclusive of research Ph.D. degrees – that will respond to the needs of a contemporary workforce and national research agendas.
As we continue our mission to achieve designation as an institution with high research activity, it is important to reflect on the evolution of TU as an anchor institution for Maryland. Our role as a research university with public impact is just the latest phase in that progression. From our inception as a teacher preparation school, to our expansion as a STEM, business, education and healthcare workforce leader, Towson University has always adapted to fill the needs of Greater Baltimore, our state, and the Mid-Atlantic region.
This momentous step was shepherded by Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Melanie Perreault, who provided outstanding oversight of this process and ultimately its successful conclusion. I am very grateful to her for her leadership and all our colleagues in Academic Affairs for their contributions in support of this effort.
I also wish to extend my sincerest appreciation to Regent Michelle Gourdine, the Chair of the Regents Committee on Education Policy and Student Life; all the members of the Board of Regents; USM Chancellor Jay Perman and Chair Linda Gooden for their support.
To read more about this historic action, see the Regents Report here.
Kim Schatzel, Ph.D.