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Accreditations, Certifications and Affiliations

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

Hood's bachelor’s degree in management with concentrations in accounting, business administration, finance, human resource management, international economics and finance, and marketing; and the master of business administration program, with concentrations in accounting, finance, human resource management, information systems, marketing and public management, as well as a focus area in regulatory compliance are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence.

Apple Distinguished School

The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

For more information, see the full news release and the Apple Distinguished Schools webpage.  

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Hood's Bachelor of Science program Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET. ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. The CAC is one of the four commissions operated by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The CAC is responsible for reviewing educational programs specifically for the technical disciplines of computer science. ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Council of Social Work Education

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

Frederick Chamber of Commerce

Frederick County Chamber of Commerce members include more than 1,000 organizations, representing over 35,000 local jobs in a wide variety of industries: Retail, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, Service and Hospitality, Technology, Government, Nonprofit, and Education.

Maryland Campus Compact (MDCC)

Hood is part of the MDCC, a membership association of college and university presidents and their institutions committed to promoting engaged citizenship as an aim of higher education. The MDCC provides statewide leadership in advocating, supporting and increasing student involvement in academic and co-curricular based public service. It aims to strengthen the capacity of member institutions to serve society; to enhance student learning; and to develop in individual students the knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits of civic responsibility locally and globally.

Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

MHEC is the State of Maryland's higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs that affect students on a statewide basis.


MICUA is a voluntary association that provides public policy leadership in support of independent higher education, fosters cooperative efforts among member institutions and Maryland's public colleges and universities, serves as the official liaison between independent higher education and the State and Federal governments, and informs the citizens about the significance of its 16 member institutions.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, nongovernmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the profession’s mechanism to help establish high quality teacher preparation. Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching and teacher preparation today, tomorrow, and for the next century. NCATE’s performance-based system of accreditation fosters competent classroom teachers and other educators who work to improve the education of all P-12 students. NCATE believes every student deserves a caring, competent, and highly qualified teacher.


Founded more than one hundred years ago as a way to protect student-athletes, the NCAA continues to implement that principle with increased emphasis on both athletics and academic excellence.

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)

CIC is the major national service organization for all small and mid-sized, independent, liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. CIC focuses on providing services to campus leaders through seminars, workshops, and programs that assist institutions in improving educational offerings, administrative and financial performance, and institutional visibility.