Morgan State University President was reaccredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Wednesday, Morgan State President Dr. David Wilson announced.
The reaccreditation comes after a comprehensive evaluation of the University and a detailed self-study conducted by Morgan State, extending the university’s status as a recognized institute of higher education.
This marks the second positive accreditation-related news Morgan has received this summer after its Spring Commencement exercises. The university’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program recently received its initial accreditation.
Since Morgan State’s last accreditation review, the university has made a number of advancements, particularly in the areas of campus development, fundraising, financial stability, academic progress, faculty and staff growth, research and innovation, and enrollment, retention and graduation.
For its evaluation process, MSCHE utilized peer reviews in addition to campus visits to determine how Morgan State has met or meets the commission’s national standards. The process also took into consideration overall educational quality, university mission and goals, and student success.
MSCHE and its evaluators use information provided by candidates for accreditation and by member institutions as a basis for its review, along with on-site interviews and data gathering, to determine whether an institution meets the commission’s standards of accreditation and requirements of affiliation. An MSCHE team last conducted an accreditation review of Morgan State in April 2008. The University was found to have met all of MSCHE’s 14 Characteristics of Excellence at that time. The Commission has since reduced its number of evaluation standards from 14 to seven and reduced the number of years between accreditation cycles from 10 years to eight.
Morgan officially launched its self-study process in March 2016, establishing a University Steering Committee and eight subcommittees to oversee the process and internal evaluation in preparation for the Commission’s review. With its accreditation soundly secured, Morgan will not undergo another MSCHE evaluation until the 2025-2026 academic year.