April 2010 Press
release: April 1, 2010 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC March 2010 Report for Governor O'Malley
March 2, 2010: Secretary Lyons participated in the launch of Governor O’Malley’s
Skills2Compete initiative. The goal of Skills2Compete is for every working
Marylander to have access to the equivalent of at least two years of education
or training beyond high school – leading to a career or technical credential,
industry certification, or one’s first two years of college – to be pursued at
whatever point and pace makes sense for individual workers and industries.
March 3, 2010: Secretary Lyons spoke at the Advancing Learning for Our Diverse
Adult Population Symposium at the National Press Club. He mentioned Governor
O’Malley’s strong commitment to higher education and promoted his Skills2Compete
effort as one of Maryland’s initiatives to ensure that adults are qualified for
many of our middle-skill employment opportunities.
March 3, 2010: Secretary Lyons represented Governor O’Malley at the British
Council Reception at the United Kingdom Embassy.
March 4, 2010: Secretary Lyons testified before a House Hearing on MHEC
Scholarship and Community Colleges.
March 6, 2010: Secretary Lyons was speaker at 13th Annual Regional Historically
Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Summit on Retention in Ocean City. The
theme was improving retention at HBCUs especially during this recession. The
experts at the summit discussed strategies for addressing the financial crisis
and beyond. Secretary Lyons brought greetings on behalf of Governor O’Malley and
told them how committed he was to HBIs in Maryland and higher education in
March 8, 2010: Secretary Lyons participated in a College Success Task Force
Meeting at MSDE. He co-chairs the task force with Schools Superintendent Nancy
March 8, 2010: Secretary Lyons met with delegates Adrienne Jones, Melony
Griffith, Henry Heller and John L. Bohanan, Jr., all members of the
Appropriations Committee, to discuss legislative issues before the 2010 General
Assembly. The Appropriations Committee hears and votes on most of the higher
education related bills in the House of Delegates.
March 10, 2010: MHEC’s Education Policy Committee met. Items discussed included
a proposed Associate of Art in Teaching degree, Maryland Higher Education
Commission’s Interface Internationally; Implementation of the 2009 Maryland
State Plan for Postsecondary Education; Update on Legislation for the
Development of a P-20/Workforce Longitudinal Data System; Capitol College’s
Request for a New Degree Level (Doctor of Science).
March 10, 2010: Secretary Lyons and Dr. Grasmick provided an update on the
College and Career Readiness Task Force to GWIB Executive Director Eric Seleznow.
March 10, 2010: Director of Communications and BRAC Coordinator participated in
BRAC Coordinators and Marketers meeting with Asuntha Chiang-Smith to discuss
upcoming events, updates on what various State agencies are doing to enhance the
BRAC move, BRACSTAT updates and a review of federal BRAC priorities at DHCD
headquarters in Crownsville.
March 10, 2010: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Academic Affairs, Director
of Communications, Director of Finance Policy and BRAC Coordinator met with
Asuntha Chiang-Smith at MHEC to discuss MHEC’s role regarding higher education
issues in Harford and Cecil County.
March 11, 2010: Secretary Lyons read to pre-K students at High Bridge Elementary
School in Bowie as part of Governor O’Malley’s Read Across Maryland initiative.
March 11, 2010: Secretary Lyons joined other cabinet members at the Governor's
Meeting with the Maryland Congressional Delegation on Capitol Hill.
March 12, 2010: Secretary Lyons testified at the Community Colleges Capital
Budget Hearing before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
March 12, 2010: Director of Finance Policy testified at Community College
Construction Grant hearing in Senate Capital Budget subcommittee.
March 15, 2010: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council made up of representatives of
the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), the Maryland Independent
College and University Association (MICUA), the University System of Maryland (USM),
Morgan State University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Maryland
Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS) heard a presentation
from Secretary of Disabilities Cathy Raggio about making colleges and
universities more welcoming of students with disabilities; Governor O’Malley’s
Skills2Compete initiative which is meant to increase by 20 percent the number of
Marylanders who complete at least two years of postsecondary education or
training; and a discussion of higher education legislation currently before the
2010 General Assembly.
March 15, 2010: Secretary Lyons met with Senate Education, Health and
Environmental Affairs Committee chair Joan Carter Conway to discuss legislative
issues before her committee.
March 15 and 18, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended Senate Budget and
Taxation Operating Budget Decision Meetings.
March 16, 2010: Secretary Lyons read to 1st Graders at Kenilworth Elementary
School in Bowie as part of Governor O’Malley’s Read Across Maryland initiative.
March 16, 2010: Secretary Lyons met with Budget and Taxation Vice Chairman Ed
Kasemeyer to discuss higher education issues before his committee.
March 16, 2010: Secretary Lyons testified at the Higher Education Capital
Funding Hearing before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
March 17, 2010: Secretary Lyons spoke at the 36th Annual National Dialogue on
Blacks in Higher Education symposium sponsored by the National Association for
Equal Opportunities in Higher Education (NAFEO). This symposium concentrated on
raising awareness about the issue of the federal debt and to encourage
discussion and debate about America's fiscal future. Secretary Lyons brought
greetings on behalf of Governor O’Malley and stressed his strong commitment to
One Maryland, stressing that he feels there is no spare Marylander. Secretary
Lyons also discussed Governor O’Malley’s Skills2Compete initiative.
March 17, 2010: Associate Director for Academic Affairs attended Smart Growth
March 19, 2010: Director of Finance Policy testified at Higher Education Capital
Budget Overview hearing in House Education and Economic Development
March 23 and 25: Director of Finance Policy attended Senate Budget and Taxation
Capital Budget Decision Meetings.
March 24, 2010: MHEC’s full commission met. Items discussed included guideline
revisions for a state financial aid program, presentation of the 2009
Performance Accountability Report for Maryland’s Public College and
Universities; discussion of a proposed Associate of Art in Teaching, Maryland
Higher Education Commission’s Interface Internationally; Implementation of the
2009 Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education; Update on Legislation for
the Development of a P-20/Workforce Longitudinal Data System; Capitol College’s
Request for a New Degree Level (Doctor of Science); Summary Report of the
Advisory Council on Workforce Shortage; Follow-up Survey of the 2007-2008
Maryland Community College Graduates and a Report on Private Career Schools’
Approval Actions from Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2010.
March 24, 2010: Director of Finance Policy provided budget action update for
March 24 and 26, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended House Appropriations
Committee Operating Budget Decision Meetings.
March 25, 2010: Secretary Lyons was keynote speaker and brought greetings on
behalf of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown to the Westlake High School
College Week Program. He mentioned how deeply committed this administration is
committed to education from P-20. He called Governor O’Malley the “Education
Governor” and praised him for his insistence that there is no spare Marylander.
Three-hundred people including mostly students who are interested in entering
college as well as faculty and staff members and parents attended the event.
March 25, 2010: Secretary Lyons brought greetings on behalf of the 79th North
Atlantic Regional Conference (Women of Power) of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
He praised the administration for their outstanding work in regards to higher
education. He also read a citation from Governor O’Malley. Baltimore Mayor
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was an honoree. There were 3,500 in attendance.
March 25, 2010: Director of Communications participated in Smart, Green and
Growing meeting with his colleagues in other State departments involved in
Governor O’Malley’s environmental marketing initiative.
March 25, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended University System of
Maryland Finance Committee Meeting.
March 26, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended Maryland Community College
Capital Planning Officers meeting.
March 29, 2010: Secretary Lyons and State Superintendent of Schools Nancy
Grasmick who are co-chairs of the College Access to Success Task Force held
their final meeting. The task force unanimously agreed to recommendations that
will be presented to the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council in June.
March 30, 2010: Secretary Lyons attended a forum with House Majority Leader
Steny Hoyer at Bowie State University. Congressman Hoyer was at BSU to inform
students about the recently passed health care law.
March 31, 2010: Director of Communications represented MHEC at health care forum
at which Lt. Governor Anthony Brown was keynote speaker. DHMH Secretary John
Colmers also spoke among others.
March 31, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended House Education and Economic
Development Capital Budget Decisions meeting.
Career and Workforce Development:
March 2: MHEC staff accompanied the Secretary of Higher Education to the
Skills2Compete-Maryland Governor’s press conference at Prince George’s Community
March 3: MHEC’s Director of Research and Associate Director of Workforce
Development represented MHEC at the initial Skills2Compete meeting chaired by
Lt. Gov. Brown.
March 10: Associate Director of Workforce Development attended the GWIB Board
March 11: Associate Director of Workforce Development participated in three (3)
Perkins IV monitoring visits: Talbot County Public Schools, Chesapeake Community
College, and Dorchester County Public Schools.
March 16: Associate Director of Workforce Development met with representatives
of the Construction Consortium to discuss data validity, collection and overlap.
March 19: Associate Director of Workforce Development represented MHEC at the
GWIB Interagency Workgroup Committee meeting to discuss Skills2Compete-Maryland.
March 22: Associate Director of Workforce Development represented MHEC at the
start of the OVAE audit visit to review MSDE’s administration of Perkins IV.
March 25: Associate Director of Workforce Development participated in the
Perkins IV monitoring visit to Prince George’s Community College.
March 30: Associate Director of Workforce Development met with one private
career school to discuss orderly closure proceedings.
Throughout the month of March:
• 5 State Solicitor Permits were reviewed, processed, and issued.
• 398 community college continuing education course applications for FTE funding
were reviewed and processed.
• 24 requests for transcripts from closed schools and 4 education verification
requests were processed.
• MHEC staff continues to test the online CC-10 community college continuing
education course application for State funding. When fully implemented, it will
be a paperless process which will allow the MHEC inventory of continuing
education courses to be publicly viewable online after approval. Testing will
occur throughout FY2010, with the anticipated date for going paperless July 1,
• In accordance with the 2009 State Plan for Higher Education, MHEC continues to
develop standardized annual reports for each GWIB Industry Sector that will
provide yearly data comparing DOL occupational demand projections with Maryland
postsecondary graduation data in related programs.
MHEC staff is meeting with the community colleges to meet the reporting
requirements of Skills2Compete-Maryland.
Private Career Schools:
• Continued the process of reviewing claims and making payments on claims from
students who suffered tuition loss resulting from precipitous closure of
ComputerTraining.edu at Towson and ComputerTraining.edu at Annapolis Junction.
The funding sources for the payments are the closed schools’ financial
guarantees and the state’s Guaranty Student Tuition Fund.
• The following actions were approved by the Secretary: new school location, new
program, other business and two notices of deficiencies.
• Conducted four school visits for new school, a change of location, and VA
program review and an expanded program.
• Meet with Maryland Board of Nursing attorney and investigators regarding
unapproved training providers.
• Five Solicitors’ Permits were issued to an agent of out of state private
Academic Common Market:
• Responded to 36 callers about the application process for the Academic Common
Office of Grants:
March 1: Application deadline for the Nurse Support Program (NSP) II.
March 1-15: Compiled preliminary fiscal data to determine whether pursuit of a
federal indirect cost rate is worthwhile for the agency and forwarded to the
Governor’s Grants Office staff for advice.
March 2 & 8: Conducted interviews for the National Security STEM Initiative (NSSI)
Project Coordinator position.
March 4: Held College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) technical
assistance meeting. CPIP grants support Maryland’s Gaining Early Awareness and
Readiness (GEAR UP) sites.
March 4: Towson University Maryland College Access Challenge Grant Program (MCACGP)
project site visit.
March 8: Stevenson University MCACGP project site visit.
March 8: EduSerc MCACGP project site visit.
March 9: Met with Governor’s Policy Fellow LaAndra Jones to discuss her proposed
end date and her final employment rotation experiences in the program.
March 10: University of Maryland, College Park CPIP project site visit.
March 11: Finalized NSSI Project Coordinator Search Committee recommendations
and forwarded to the Secretary.
March 11: Attended “Excellence in Teaching” Conference at the University of
Maryland, Baltimore’s School of Nursing.
March 12: Attended the “Helping Mathematics Teachers Become Culturally Relevant
Educators: New Tools for a New Generation” conference hosted by the University
of Maryland, College Park’s Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and
Urban Education College of Education.
March 17: Attended the College & Career Readiness Act of 2010 Senate Bill
March 19: Participated in the Change for “Good – Using Social Marketing to Make
a Difference” webinar hosted by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Go
March 19: Attended the Maryland Community College Fund Raising and Grants Staff
Statewide meeting and made a brief presentation on federal and state grants
March 22: University of Maryland, College Park MCACGP project site visit.
March 22-29: Worked with Governor’s Policy Fellow Matt Schmid to identify
possible job sites for his second employment rotation.
March 26: Assisted MSDE with the distribution of two Requests for Proposals
(RFP) for teacher professional development in business and technology.
March 26: Compiled/submitted MHEC federal grants data for the Governor’s Grants
Office Annual Report.
March 26: Chaired meeting for NSP II application review.
March 29-31: Prepared NSP II application reviewer recommendations for
to the Health Services Cost Review Commission.
Items ongoing throughout the month of March:
• Fielded several questions from institutions, DBM and/or DLS about the Harry R.
Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, the UMBI-Israeli/BARD Partnership Grant, The
University of Maryland Leadership Academy, IMPART and the Welcome Fellows grant
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA):
• OSFA staff participated in three financial aid outreach activities in Prince
George (2) and Anne Arundel (1) counties.
• OSFA awarded FY 2010 funds to waitlisted students in the Howard P. Rawlings
Educational Assistance Grant Program.
• OSFA has downloaded a total of 145,916 processed FAFSAs for FY 2011 and will
begin awarding renewals and new awards for the Howard P. Rawlings Educational
Assistance and Guaranteed Access Grant program in April 2010 with all awards to
be completed by May 1, 2010.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member coordinating board
responsible for establishing statewide policies for Maryland public and
independent colleges and universities and private career schools. It serves as
an advocate for more than 350,000 college students in Maryland, for the State
and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.