Towson University's Self-Study, following a standards-based approach, will address
the following priorities:
- Academic Excellence
- Student Success
- Institutional Equity and Diversity
View the Towson University Re-accreditation Self-Study 2021 for the Middle States Commission
on Higher Education (PDF).
The Self-Study Steering Committee provided regular reports on the Self-Study via this
page and other communications. The Steering Committee constitutes the Executive Committee
and the Co-Chairs of each Work Group.
The Self-Study Executive Committee led coordination of the re-accreditation Self-Study.
- Westley Forsythe, Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services (Co-Chair)
- S. Maggie Reitz, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (Co-Chair)
- Tab Uhrich, Associate Dean College of Health Professions, and Associate Professor
Work Group One: Mission and Goals
- Greg Faller, Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Professor, Electronic
Media and Film
- Laila Richman, Associate Dean, and Associate Professor College of Education
Work Group Two: Ethics and Integrity
- Nancy Dufau, Assistant Vice President, Office of Sonsored Research Programs
- Sara Slaff, Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Work Group Three: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
- Carol Caronna, Acting Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Professor, Sociology,
Anthropology and Criminal Justice
- Bob Giordani, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
Work Group Four: Support of the Student Experience
- Chris Cain, Chair and Professor, English
- Matthew Lenno, Assistant Vice-President, Campus Life
Work Group Five: Educational Effectiveness Assessment
- Jeffrey Kenton, Associate Professor, Educational Technology and Literacy
- Leticia Romo, Director of Academic Assessment and Associate Professor, Foreign Languages
Work Group Six: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement
- Dorothy Proctor, Associate Director, University Budget Office
- Carol Wettersten, Assistant to the Vice-President Administration and Finance
Work Group Seven: Governance, Leadership, and Administration
- Jennifer Ballengee, Chair, Academic Senate and Professor, English
- Jeff Schmidt, Associate Vice President & CIO
Work Group Eight: Verification of Compliance with Accreditation Relevant Federal Regulations
- Timothy Bibo, Director, Institutional Research Office
- Sara Sides, Director, Registrar’s Office
The process includes three phases:
Self-Study Design: March 2019 to September 2019
Self-Study Process: September 2019 to April 2021
Evaluation Team Site Visit: Fall 2021
The MSCHE reaffirmation decision will be available in November 2021.
View the Self-Study 2021 Timeline (PDF).
Details of Towson University's MSCHE Accreditation are available from the Status Statement of Accreditation Status.
The Self-Study Objectives are:
- A. Demonstrate how TU achieves the MSCHE standards for accreditation and requirements
of affiliation, and verification of compliance with accreditation relevant federal
- Evaluate academic programs’ and administrative services’ quality and effectiveness.
- Identify opportunities for improvement, and make realistic and meaningful recommendations
- Foster continued development of a campus wide culture of assessment and continuous
Please direct Self-Study questions to:
Westley Forsythe, Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services
Office of the Provost