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Middle States - Attend a Town Hall

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Middle States

Participate in Middle States Reaccreditation

UMB held a town hall meeting on the Middle States accreditation process to communicate to the community the importance of participation. 

Middle States Addressed in Dr. Perman's Newsletter

Middle States reaccreditation is used by the federal government to determine whether the institution is eligible to continue to receive federal support, including federal financial aid and research grants and contracts. Read about it in Dr. Perman's February 2014 newsletter.


Middle States Accreditation Campuswide Email
The Middle States process reaffirms UMB is meeting high standards in our pursuit of excellence in health, law, and human services. The level of engagement, thoughtful introspection, and innovative ideas that flow from the self-examination are major benefits.

March 11, 2014

Greetings University Community,

As co-chairs of the University's Middle States Steering Committee, we are contacting you today to ask you to participate in the Middle States reaccreditation process. As you might remember from Dr. Perman's February newsletter, every 10 years, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) conducts a comprehensive self-study as part of the reaccreditation process conducted by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our last comprehensive self-study came in 2006, with a periodic review in 2011. Our next decennial accreditation site visit is scheduled for spring 2016.

Between now and then, there will be several ways for you to assist in the process. Before we go into the details, you are probably wondering, 'Why is this important to me? Why is it worth my time?' Well, to be succinct about it, our federal funding depends upon it. Unlike the accreditations our seven professional schools and their associated programs undergo routinely, the Middle States accreditation is the certification UMB needs to continue to receive federal funds to support our education and research missions. In fiscal year 2014, those federal funds to UMB amounted to more than $240 million.

That alone is reason enough to help. Perhaps more important, however, are the improvements that result from such an in-depth self-review. The Middle States process reaffirms we are meeting high standards in our pursuit of excellence in health, law, and human services. But the level of engagement, thoughtful introspection, and innovative ideas that flow from the self-examination are the real benefits.

This is how you can help. On Thursday, March 20, Middle States Vice President Debra Klinman, PhD, will visit with President Perman, University System of Maryland Board of Regents representative Louise Michaux Gonzales, and our Middle States Steering Committee. As part of Dr. Klinman's visit, we will be holding a town hall from noon to 1 p.m. at the School of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Hall North 103.

We would love for you to attend and help put a face on the amazing work being done at our University. Bring your questions, as it is also a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Middle States Commission of Higher Education and its expectations for the self-study process. Community participation is vital at this and other Middle States town halls to come so we urge you to join us. Learn more about the Middle States process at UMB.


Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you March 20.


Sincerely,


Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, BSP, FAAPS, FCP, dean and professor, School of Pharmacy
Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MPA, chief accountability officer and vice president of academic affairs
Co-chairs, UMB Middle States Steering Committee

Dr. Perman Addresses Middle States in His State of the University Speech
The self-study and reaccreditation process is a long and winding road, but it leads to a good place — an improved University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

We are now embarked on assessing how well we discharge our responsibilities as educators. Every 10 years, UMB conducts a comprehensive self-study as part of the reaccreditation process required by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our last comprehensive self-study came in 2006, a mid-cycle review occurred in 2011, and our next decennial accreditation site visit is scheduled for spring 2016.

I have established a Self-Study Steering Committee and have appointed Dean Natalie Eddington, dean of the School of Pharmacy, and Dr. Roger Ward, UMB’s chief accountability officer and vice president for academic affairs, as the co-chairs. The self-study and reaccreditation process is a long and winding road, but it leads to a good place — an improved University of Maryland, Baltimore. I commend all those who have already played a part in building the early infrastructure to launch our Middle States 2016 self-study, and I invite and encourage each of you to seek ways to be engaged in the process.

To date, my leadership team and I have consulted with our faculty, staff, and student shared governance bodies on strategic planning, MPowering the State, public safety, our revised mission statement, the setting of tuition and fees, academic freedom, and our Middle States reaccreditation efforts, to name a few. 

Read the full State of the University address.