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Guided by UMB’s Core Values, the Office of Accountability and Compliance is committed to fostering a transparent culture within which members of the University community are encouraged and feel supported in taking responsibility for seeking guidance and assistance in addressing accountability and compliance concerns.
Areas of Responsibility for Accountability and Compliance
The Office provides compliance education and investigation services for:
Other Office Responsibilities and Information
Middle States Self-Study
Every 10 years, UMB undergoes a reaffirmation of its accreditation with The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The process is an opportunity to strengthen the University through a comprehensive evaluation.
Other Professional Accreditations
UMB has a very active cycle and culture of accreditation. Each professional school is accredited by a specialty accrediting body. In some schools accreditation also happens at the program level.
The AVP of Student Financial Assistance and Education is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with Title IV regulations. This sections provides students with information and trasparency regarding UMBs efforts in Financial Aid, Title IX compliance, Higher Education Reauthorization Act Compliance, Student Health and Safety, Student Outcomes, and Student Complaints and Grievances.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) participates in Federal student aid programs that are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Participating institutions must be legally authorized to operate with the state in which it is located.
In June 2012, President Jay A. Perman, MD created the Office of Accountability and charged it with building a university-wide collaborative accountability framework that promotes and fosters a pervasive culture of accountability and transparency. Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA was appointed as the University’s first Chief Accountability Officer.
|Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA
Chief Accountability Officer
Vice President, Operations and Planning
In June 2012, Dr. Ward was named the University of Maryland’s first Chief Accountability Officer. Dr. Ward also is the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Ward joined the University in March 2009 as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. In that role he supported the former Vice President for Academic Affairs in her role as chief academic affairs officer. Prior to joining UMB, Dr. Ward served as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the New School in New York City and also held senior administrative positions in the City University of New York system.
Dr. Ward holds an Associate’s Degree in data processing/computer programming from Kingsborough Community College, a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s in public administration, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also holds a doctor of law degree from New York Law School, and a doctor of education degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.
The University community embraces and perceives accountability and compliance as an essential management activity that leads to organizational improvement.