Frostburg State University's accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education was recently reaffirmed unconditionally.
Reaccreditation means that FSU continues to meet the eligibility requirements put in place by the Commission on Higher Education in its Characteristics of Excellence.
In addition, FSU was commended for the quality of its self-study report.
"The entire University community is to be commended for its dedication and for the strength of the self-study process," said FSU President Catherine R. Gira.
This reaffirmation is the culmination of an exhaustive two-year self-study process that involved nearly 90 faculty, staff members and students, as well as a visit from a Middle States evaluation team in April.
The evaluation team in particular noted that since the last time FSU's accreditation was reaffirmed in 1996, the University has evolved from a comprehensive college to a regional university.
As part of the self-study, a special emphasis was placed on the University's relationship with and commitment to its community, in particular its cultural, community service and economic development efforts.
That community outreach was one of the areas the evaluation team found commendable, in addition to the University's support systems for students, its innovative general education and online programs and its ability to enroll a diverse student body.
"We are especially pleased that the team recognized the University's strong ties to the region with which we have developed numerous partnerships," Gira said.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation.
"Although specialized accreditation agencies (such as teacher education, business or engineering) focus on specific academic programs, the Commission looks comprehensively at all aspects of the University's operation," Gira said. "We are, therefore, particularly pleased that the overall quality of Frostburg State University has been reaffirmed through the process."
For more information about Middle States, visit the Web site at www.msche.org. For more information about FSU, visit www.frostburg.edu.