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Frostburg State University Middle States Accreditation Reaffirmed With Commendation

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed Frostburg State University's institutional accreditation and offered a commendation to the University for the quality of its Periodic Review process and report.

Reaffirmation of FSU’s accreditation means that the University – including at all of its off-campus instructional sites – continues to meet the requirements put in place by the Commission on Higher Education in its Characteristics of Excellence.

“After having personally served as a Middle States commissioner for the past six years, I am keenly aware of the rigor with which the committee reviews all college and university periodic review reports,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “It is truly commendable to receive feedback that reaffirms our accreditation and commends us for the way our process engages the entire University community. This is something we all should take pride in.”

As a regional accreditor, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education examines the entire institution, including its educational programs and curricula, student achievement, faculty, facilities and equipment, student support services, recruiting and admissions practices, the institution’s financial condition, administrative effectiveness, governing boards and several other aspects of the institution.

In addition to Middle States accreditation, numerous individual programs at FSU are also accredited by specifically targeted agencies, including the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for College of Education programs and AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) for College of Business programs.

FSU offers programs at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, through Anne Arundel Community College at Arundel Mills, through the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville, at Fort Hill and Mountain Ridge High Schools in Allegany County, and online. FSU’s next reaccreditation evaluation is due in 2016.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104-2680; 267-284-5000) is a voluntary, non-governmental, peer-based membership association dedicated to educational excellence and improvement through peer evaluation and accreditation. For more information about Middle States, visit the website at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or -end-

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