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Message from the President

  • Juliette Bell

    From humble beginnings to a Doctoral University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) has made great strides in its 130-year history.

    In the decade since the last Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit, UMES has added new, distinctive, high-demand programs, increased enrollment and increased the number of degrees awarded. The University remains ranked in the top tier of the nation's Historically Black Colleges/Universities, and in 2016, was designated as a Carnegie Doctoral University/R3.

    The 2014-2016 Self-Study process, which benefited from broad participation of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members, enabled the University to examine each of the 14 standards with one goal in mind-to become Greater Than Ever.

    Over the past two years, the Steering Committee and Working Groups assessed the University's strengths and accomplishments. Where opportunities for improvement exist, they have offered recommendations and suggestions, as necessary. Countless hours spent reviewing materials, examining data and engaging in meaningful and substantive discussion have resulted in this Comprehensive Self-Study with Reordering StandardsThe information contained herein provides the University not only with a sense of pride in what we have accomplished, but also a blueprint for the work that lies ahead.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the leadership and members of the UMES MSCHE Steering Committee and Working Groups, and all those involved in the Self-Study process for their tireless efforts. So, too, I extend my appreciation to the volunteer work of the MSCHE Accreditation chair, Dr. Harry Williams, and team members who will conduct their review and respectfully request reaffirmation of the University's MSCHE accreditation.

    Dr. Bell's Signature
    Juliette B. Bell, Ph.D.