Baltimore, MD – May 11, 2023 - The Baltimore community is privileged to have WITS, a high-caliber seminary and college, providing women with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree within a Torah environment. This option has now become even better! Mazel Tov to the Women’s Institute of Torah Seminary & College (WITS) for achieving candidacy as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As its name suggests, Middle States is the agency that accredits all major colleges and universities within the Mid-Atlantic region.
"This is a major step forward for WITS," said Rebbetzin Ettie Rosenbaum, Menaheles. "Middle States is the gold standard of accreditation and something WITS has been working towards for the past several years."
Currently, WITS students earn a Middle States accredited diploma through a partnership with Gratz College. As a candidate institution, Middle States membership will also appear on the WITS transcript.
"We are always working to give our students the best opportunities available to them," said Dr. Leslie Klein, Academic Dean. "Middle States recognition will open many doors."
Middle States performed a thorough review of the institution and its programs, culminating in an onsite visit this past November. The team stated they were inspired by WITS’ enthusiasm, aspirations, and "pursuit of excellence in both operations and instruction."
"We are so proud of our students, alumnae, and the education WITS provides, and grateful that the Middle States team recognized the beauty of WITS," Klein stated.
Candidacy is a major step in the accreditation process, and WITS is embarking on the next phase. WITS continues to be nationally accredited by the Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as participating in Title IV financial aid programs.