College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
About the Self-Study
College of Southern Maryland (formerly Charles County Community College) has been regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1969. Every 10 years College of Southern Maryland (CSM) conducts an institutional self-study to seek reaccreditation as part of a commitment to continuous self-assessment.
Through the process of peer review, the institution is evaluated according to the 14 Standards of Accreditation, as outlined by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The standards are organized into two categories: Institutional Context and Educational Effectiveness.
College of Southern Maryland has chosen a comprehensive model for the 2013-2014 Self-Study. This model was chosen because it allows the college to assess its effectiveness in: 1) addressing the 14 Standards of Accreditation and 2) to explore how CSM is currently, and will continue to, meet the college communityís needs in an ever-changing environment.
The Self-Study Design Document (please add url once it has been uploaded to website) was developed to organize the Self-Study process and to provide the work groups with research questions that allows them to focus their efforts on areas of inquiry that will be most beneficial to College of Southern Maryland.
The Self-Study is governed by a Steering Committee which provides leadership and guidance to the work groups and ensures the timeline is followed.
The 11 work groups are each led by two co-chairs and include representatives from the college community, including administration, faculty, staff and students. The work groups review the standardís fundamental elements and research questions assigned to the group. In addition to compiling evidence to demonstrate how the institution is meeting the Standards of Accreditation, the work groups are also charged with identifying critical areas for the institution and to suggest courses of actions that may lead to institutional improvements.
The Steering Committee will produce a final written report based on the work group findings and a team of peer reviewers will visit College of Southern Maryland for an evaluation visit in March 2014. The peer review team will make a recommendation to the Middle States Commission based on their findings to reaffirm accreditation, reaffirm accreditation with required follow-up reports, issue a warning or probation. College of Southern Maryland will have the opportunity to respond to the team report prior to the report being sent to the Commission for action.
The Middle States Commission will issue their decision on College of Southern Marylandís accreditation in June 2014.