Accreditation is the educational community’s means of self-regulation through quality assurance and improvement. According to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the accrediting process is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence. The Commission maintains a 10-year cycle of review. The start of the cycle includes a self-study and on-site evaluation. Institutions reflect on the progress and changes in the Periodic Review Report (PRR) five years later.
Towson University’s accreditation was reaffirmed in 2011, while the PRR report is due in June 2016. The PRR is intended to achieve the following goals:
The goals will be addressed via the following objectives:
Organizational Structure and Outline of Tasks
The PRR Steering Committee is composed of members who represent a broad spectrum of the Towson University community including faculty, students, academic and non-academic administrators, staff, and representatives of the USM Board of Regents and the Towson University Board of Visitors. Members of the Steering Committee were invited to serve by the President in consultation with the Provost. The three co-chairs of the Steering Committee include the Associate Dean of the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics, the Chief of Staff in the President’s Office, and the Assistant Vice President for Accreditation and Compliance who also serves as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.
For the Towson University PRR, five writing teams will focus on the specific objectives noted above. They will prepare draft sections for review by the PRR Steering Committee. The timetable includes feedback from the Towson University community.