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University of Baltimore Accreditation

The University of Baltimore is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267.284.5000)

As noted in its charter, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a “voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.”

MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to conduct “accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities” for degree-granting institutions of higher education in Maryland and the surrounding region that “offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length.”

The re-accreditation process consists of an institutional self-study, a peer review that includes a site visit, and creating a process for continuing examination and improvement. UB has assembled a leadership team and begun the self-study in anticipation of a site visit in Spring 2017.

Comprehensive Self-Study
MSCHE points out that “[t]he accrediting process is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence and minimizing the scope of external control.” The extent to which UB fulfills its responsibilities in this process is a reflection of a commitment to the quality of the education the University offers.

The self-study leadership team is working to assess the goals the University has set for itself over the last few years in relation to 14 MSCHE standards. Every unit within UB is engaged in this effort. The desire for institutional effectiveness and evidence-based decision-making informs UB’s self-study design.

Self-Study Design
UB’s self-study is organized around four major themes—Enhancing Organizational Effectiveness, Solidifying Collaborative Leadership & Governance, Strengthening Commitment to Student Success, and Aligning Educational Offerings for Enrollment Growth. Each theme comprises several of the fourteen MSCHE standards, and each has an associated Working Group. Working Group members are drawn from across the institution. Each Working Group is responsible for examining existing data and evaluative reports, gathering new information, and preparing analytical reports on their assigned topics.

The Working Groups report to the self-study Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by Associate Provost Catherine Andersen and Professor Darlene Smith from the Merrick School of Business.

UB Mission
The University of Baltimore provides innovative education in business, public affairs, the applied liberal arts and sciences, and law to serve the needs of a diverse population in an urban setting. A public university, the University of Baltimore offers excellent teaching and a supportive community for undergraduate, graduate and professional students in an environment distinguished by academic research and public service.

UB Documents
Institutional Assessment Plan
Self-Study timeline
Self-Study steering committee and Work Groups
Steering Committee meeting minutes
April 7, 2015
April 21, 2015
May 19, 2015

Middle States documents and links
Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education
Self Study: creating a useful process report
Team Visits: Conducting and hosting an evaluation visit
Middle States home
Policies, guidelines and procedures

Last Published 10/2/15