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Higher Education in Maryland

Interagency Initiatives

The Maryland Higher Education Commission is involved with numerous interagency initiatives, some of which are mandated by law and others that are voluntary.  The following are active initiatives of which Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr. or his staff representative is a member.


On March 2, 2010, Governor Martin O’Malley announced a bold strategy called “Skills2Compete-Maryland”, a new workforce development and skills vision based on the premise that every working Marylander should have access to the equivalent of at least two years of education or training past high school leading to a career or technical credential, industry certification, or a college degree.  Reinforcing its efforts to support job growth and to better position the State to compete in the emerging global economy, the O’Malley-Brown Administration has set a goal of increasing the number of Marylanders prepared for middle and high skilled jobs by increasing the number of Marylanders who receive skills training through the State’s postsecondary education and workforce system by 20% by 2018.

Hundreds of academic and career training programs exist for Marylanders through our State’s Colleges and Universities, Private Career Schools, and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) training.  Additionally, local community colleges offer a wide range of noncredit workforce development continuing education courses (available for review on the individual college websites).  The State has an extensive array of financial aid information and programs in the form of grants, scholarships and other awards for students who want to further their education beyond high school.

Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT)

Since 2001, Maryland has had an outcomes-based statewide articulation agreement for preparing teachers that was developed through statewide collaboration of faculty, administrators, and staff from State agencies.  The first program, the AAT in Elementary Education/Elementary Special Education, was the model for subsequent agreements in other teaching specialties: early childhood education/early childhood special education and secondary education in the fields of chemistry, English, mathematics, physics, and Spanish.  The agreement allows for block transfer, not course-by-course transfer.  Outcomes for each of the AAT degrees can be found on the website of the Intersegmental Chief Academic Officers at http://mdcao.usmd.edu/comm.html.

ASE (Associate of Science in Engineering)

A statewide articulation agreement has been developed that is the basis of a new ASE degree that enables Maryland ASE graduates to transfer their degree in a block, rather than on a course-by-course basis, into a Maryland four-year engineering program to which they have been accepted.  Degree outcomes have been collaboratively developed by two- and four-year engineering faculty from public and independent institutions for an ASE in Electrical Engineering and an ASE in Computer Engineering.  For more information, click here.

BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure)

On November 9, 2005 the Base Realignment and Closure Commission's recommendations for reshaping the Defense Department's infrastructure and force structure officially took effect. This was the most aggressive of BRAC rounds that have been implemented since 1988, affecting more than 800 structures. As a result of this legislation, Maryland became the recipient of a potential 45,000 jobs.

In order to address the implications of expanding infrastructure, jobs and education the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation introduced by Governor O'Malley effective June 1, 2007 establishing a BRAC subcabinet within the Governor’s Office. This Sub-Cabinet is chaired by Lt. Governor Anthony G Brown and includes Secretary of higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. as higher education will play a critical role in ensuring that appropriate education and training is available to fill these new positions.  

Click here to visit the Governor's BRAC website for additional information about local BRAC initiatives, the latest BRAC-related news, and why Maryland is a great place to live, work, and learn. 

The Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, Maryland is seeking proposals for academic programs from Maryland institutions to help meet their educational and workforce needs. Click below for the programs and courses that APG is currently seeking:

1. Master of Business Administration (PDF)
2. Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (PDF)
3. Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (PDF)
4. Master of Science in Operations Research (PDF)
5. Master of Science in Software Engineering (PDF)
6. Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (PDF)
7. Master of Science in Systems Engineering ATEC & RDECOM (PDF)

Undergraduate courses in:
8. Principles of Management (PDF)
9. Principles of Organizational Behavior (PDF)

Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education

This commission was created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2006 to determine the most effective funding model for higher education.  The commission was chaired by Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr. (D-St. Mary’s County) and included Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Maryland Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr. as well as a cross-section of members from all sectors of the community.

In preparation for the Funding Commission, MHEC contracted with Van de Water Consulting to write the report “Meeting Maryland’s Postsecondary Challenges: A Framework to Guide Maryland’s Public Investments in Postsecondary Education in the Coming Decade" (PDF).

Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland

Established by Governor O'Malley's executive order in fall 2007, the P-20 Leadership Council works to coordinate efforts in education, workforce creation, and business to ensure Maryland offers excellence in teaching and learning and prepares all of its citizens to be productive, innovative, engaged members of its workforce and communities.  The Secretary of Higher Education is one of six members of the P-20 Executive Committee.  The P-20 initiative expands and builds upon the work of the Maryland Partnership for Teaching and Learning, PreK-16, now linking education more directly to workforce concerns.

In spring 2009, Secretary Lyons began co-chairing the College Success Task Force with State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nancy Grasmick. For information on this task force, click on the link above.

http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/NR/rdonlyres/6AB0644C-8E86-4F3A-96F3-F6455688E1F7/24205/FinalReportMay2011.pdf P-20 College Success Task Force Final Report (May 2010) (pdf)

Smart Growth

"Smart Growth" was passed by the Maryland General Assembly as legislation and budget initiatives in 1997.  Smart Growth enables the state to focus on programs and funding to support established communities and targeted growth areas.  Principles of Smart Growth include conservation of resources, preservation of critical environments, and development of priority areas.

This initiative is supported by the Smart Growth Subcabinet, created by Governor O'Malley, made up of all the state agencies that play a role in State growth decisions and by a Smart Growth Interagency Coordinating Committee.  This Subcabinet is chaired by the Department of Planning Secretary Richard E. Hall and includes  Secretary of  Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr.

Smart, Green and Growing

Governor O’Malley has unveiled an outstanding Smart, Green and Growing campaign which promotes sustainability throughout Maryland. The Smart, Green and Growing website is an informational resource for residents to see what the State is doing to make Maryland a cleaner, greener, healthier place to live. The web site links to Secretary Lyons’ message praising the efforts made by Maryland's colleges, universities, and private career schools as part of the statewide Smart, Green and Growing initiatives. On the MHEC website, there is a list of the Smart, Green and Growing initiatives being undertaken by some of the colleges, universities, and private career schools in Maryland.

Census 2010

The 2010 Census is coming and we need to ensure that every Marylander everywhere is counted on Census Day, April 1, 2010.  To achieve this goal, Governor O'Malley has approved an outreach plan to be implemented by the Maryland Department of Planning, our official State partner to the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Office of the Secretary of State and the Governor's Office of Community Initiatives.  MHEC has gladly partnered with the Governor's Office and the Department of Planning to help get the word out on this initiative. 

By ensuring an accurate census count, services and programs like job training, education, health care, and transit improvements will be available to citizens who need them for years to come.  An undercount in the census can result in the loss of significant federal revenue over the decade until the next census.

The Department of Planning has created the Census 2010 website that is a "one stop shop" for information related to census outreach activities. Citizens can find information on how census data is used and collected and how it figures into federal revenues distributed to Maryland, the location s of Maryland census offices, information for teachers to use in their classrooms, and data from the 2000 census. 

Solutions for Maryland’s Future

Solutions for Maryland’s Future is a state-wide campaign to develop and communicate compelling messages in support of higher education. 

The American Council on Education, working with several other national higher education associations, is coordinating the "Solutions for Our Future" campaign, a nationwide effort to develop and communicate a compelling message in support of higher education.

Maryland established a "Solutions for Maryland's Future" Steering Committee and Implementation Committee to support this national effort and coordinate a State-focused campaign.

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