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Decision of the Commissioners Regarding University of Maryland University College’s Appeal of Secretary Lyon’s September 21, 2009 decision

A majority of the Commissioners concur with Secretary Lyons’ assessment as explained in his September 21, 2009, decision, that the request of University of Maryland University College to offer a community college concentration within its existing doctorate in management to Maryland residents would be unreasonably duplicative of, and demonstrably harmful to, Morgan State University’s existing doctoral program in community college leadership. Therefore, the Commissioners sustain the decision by Secretary Lyons to allow UMUC’s program to be offered to out-of-state residents, but not to Maryland residents. Additionally, consistent with the 2009 State Plan for Maryland Higher Education, a majority of the Commissioners has resolved that an online course of study for a doctorate serving aspiring community college leaders be offered to Marylanders by a Maryland public institution no later than September 2011, either by Morgan State University if it is willing and able, or by another public institution if Morgan State University cannot demonstrate to the Commission by June 1, 2011, that it is prepared to offer the program.

Kevin O’Keefe, Chair

October 21, 2009

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