Middle States Institutional Self-Study 2021

Towson University is engaged in a comprehensive, institutional reaccreditation self-study. This is an opportunity to reflect on institutional successes and to identify strategies for continued improvement. The culmination of this self-study process results in reaffirmation of the institution’s accreditation. 

Towson University's Self-Study, following a standards-based approach, will address the following priorities:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Student Success
  • Institutional Equity and Diversity

The Self-Study Steering Committee will provide 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. 

 Self-Study design approved 

The university hosted a successful visit from its Middle States Commission on Higher Education liaison on September 19. The liaison, Dr. Haq, visited the campus and participated in an open forum to discuss and evaluate the university’s preparedness to engage in its re-accreditation self-study. This included consideration of its draft Self-Study Design that Dr. Haq recently endorsed, commenting that “I came away from my visit feeling convinced that the university will be well positioned to undertake an effective and useful self-study process.” The Self-Study Co-Chairs extend thanks to all event participants and those contributing to the Self-Study. 

The Self-Study Executive Committee will lead 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
  • Tab Uhrich, Associate Dean College of Health Professions, and Associate Professor (Co-Chair)

Work Group One: Mission and Goals 

  • Greg Faller, Interim 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 GiordaniAssociate 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 ProctorAssociate 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

Self-Study Timeline 

The process includes three phases: 

Self-Study Design: March 2019 to September 2019

Self-Study Process: September 2019 to January 2021

Evaluation Team Site Visit: Spring 2021 

The MSCHE reaffirmation decision will be available in July 2021. 

View the Self-Study 2021 Timeline (PDF)

Accreditation Status

Details of Towson University's MSCHE Accreditation are available from the Status Statement of Accreditation Status.  

Self-Study Outcomes

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 regulations.
  • Evaluate academic programs’ and administrative services’ quality and effectiveness.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement, and make realistic and meaningful recommendations for enhancements. 
  • Foster continued development of a campus wide culture of assessment and continuous improvement.
Contact Information 

Please direct Self-Study questions to 

Westley Forsythe, Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services
Office of the Provost