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What & Why:  The Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council was created in 1988, in response to a legislative directive. Its purpose is to advise the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) on the concerns, perspectives, and experiences of students attending Maryland institutions. Furthermore, this council and its members promote student perspectives through analyzing these concerns and recommending or initializing new approaches to address them.

Mission/Goals:  The mission of the Student Advisory Council is to ensure a student voice is provided to the Maryland Higher Education Commission on the issues in Maryland higher education.  The key goals of the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Student Advisory Council are: 

  • Quality and Effectiveness
    Maintain and strengthen a preeminent statewide system of postsecondary education recognized nationally for its academic excellence and effectiveness in fulfilling the educational needs of students and the State.
  • Access and Affordability
    Achieve a system of postsecondary education that promotes accessibility and affordability for all Marylanders.
  • Diversity
    Ensure equal educational opportunity for Maryland's diverse citizenry.
  • A Student-Centered Learning System
    Strengthen and expand teacher preparation programs and support a student-centered, preK-16 educational system to promote student success at all levels.
  • Economic Growth and Vitality
    Promote economic growth and vitality through the advancement of research and the development of a highly qualified workforce.

Ongoing Projects

  • Student Service Award
    The Student Service Award recognizes one student out of all Maryland students who has shown outstanding service to both their community and institution.
  • Website Redesign
    The Student Advisory Council is currently working on redesigning its website to make it a more effective and informative resource for Maryland students.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments please contact
the Student Advisory Council at nlopez@mhec.state.md.us.

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