For immediate release: August 1, 2008
Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC July Report to Governor O'Malley
July 1-31, 2008: MHEC received word from Governor O’Malley that
he wants each State agency to cut their energy consumption by 15
percent. MHEC staff has worked very hard on meeting this goal.
Several departments are working with limited lighting; the
entire staff is turning their computers off at night and turning
their lights off when they leave the office for more than 15
July 1, 2008: MHEC’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
notified all post-secondary institutions of their 2008-2009
award year allocations for the Maryland Part-Time Grant,
Graduate and Professional Scholarship and Campus-Based
Educational Assistance Grant programs.
July 1, 2008: The Community College Supplemental Retirement
Workgroup met to discuss issues relating to the oversight and
administration of the Supplemental Retirement Program, as well
as what entity should be considered the employing institution
for the Program.
July 8, 2008: Assistant Secretary Andrea Mansfield represented
Secretary Lyons on the Task Force to Review Physician Shortages
in Rural Areas. This task force is discussing recruitment and
retention initiatives to provide incentives to physicians to
work in rural areas of the State. Maryland law calls for a
representative from MHEC on this panel.
July 9, 2008: MHEC’s BRAC coordinator, Dr. John Stephenson,
began work. Dr. Stephenson has already met with MHEC’s acting
BRAC coordinators over the past nine months and has attended a
legislative BRAC joint oversight committee meeting as well as
several meetings with Secretary Lyons.
July 9, 2008: MHEC’s BRAC researcher, a three-month contractual
position, began work.
July 9, 2008: Both Assistant Secretaries, Chief of Staff,
Communications Director, BRAC coordinator and BRAC researcher
met to coordinate a communications strategy for a brochure it
will produce to attract contractual and defense personnel who
currently work at Fort Monmouth, NJ, and the Defense Information
Systems Agency in Virginia, but are inclined to move to Maryland
with the BRAC re-location.
July 9, 2008: Communications Director and BRAC Coordinator met
to discuss how the BRAC Coordinator will send bi-weekly reports
to the Lt. Governor. The Communications Director had done this
July 10, 2008: Assistant Secretary Mansfield met with
Treasurer’s Office Assistant Attorney General to discuss
Qualified Scholarship Funding Bonds to gather information for a
Joint Chairmen’s Report that is due September 1.
July 11, 2008: Communications Director went to Governor’s office
on 45 Calvert Street to request a Proclamation for MHEC’s
Distinguished Scholars Award luncheon and pick up other outreach
materials then went to the Maryland Municipal League building to
meet with Executive Director Scott Hancock to discuss future
Capital for a Day events.
July 14, 2008: Secretary Lyons met with General Mike Hayes,
Annabelle Sher and John Stephenson to discuss BRAC-related
July 15-19, 2008: Secretary Lyons represented MHEC at the State
Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Annual Meeting in
July 16, 2008: Finance Policy Director presented Workforce and
Private Donation Incentive Donation Program Information to the
Capital Investment Workgroup for the Commission to Develop the
Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education for their
consideration for recommendations to the full Commission.
July 17, 2008: Finance Policy Director visited the HEAT Regional
Higher Education Center in Harford County for the purpose of
learning about the offerings and services of the Center in the
July 17, 2008: Assistant Secretary Dr. George Reid and
Communications Director traveled to Leonardtown for Capital for
a Day. Assistant Secretary represented Secretary Lyons at the
Governor’s cabinet meeting and at Governor’s press conference
announcing Leonardtown as Capital for a Day. From there,
Assistant Secretary and Communications Director visited with
deans and board of directors at the College of Southern
Maryland’s Leonardtown campus, toured the Southern Maryland
Higher Education Center, met with the financial aid director of
Blades School for Hair Design (a Private Career School) then met
with officials from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The event
resulted in enormous good will from all of the postsecondary
institutions that were visited.
July 21-24, 2008: Secretary Lyons represented MHEC and spoke at
the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Birmingham,
AL, resulting in positive press and enthusiasm among attendees.
July 21, 2008: OSFA awarded the William Donald Schaefer
Scholarship, now the Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant
to 25 applicants. The awards ceremony will be held August 26 at
4 p.m. in the Miller Senate Office Building.
July 21 and 28, 2008: Assistant Secretary Mansfield participated
in meetings of the Economic Competitiveness and Workforce
Subcommittee of the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for
Funding Higher Education. The subcommittee heard from four
regional higher education centers and discussed funding issues
and the funding formula resulting in a positive dialogue.
July 22, 2008: Assistant Secretary Mansfield participated in the
Community College Supplemental Retirement Workgroup met to
discuss its recommendation for employing institution with the
business officers and personnel officers of the community
colleges. This recommendation will be presented to the community
college presidents on August 15.
July 22, 23 and 24, 2008: MHEC staff participated in site visits
at Morgan State University, University of Baltimore and Coppin
State University with the U.S. Department of Education Office of
July 23, 2008: BRAC coordinator and Director of Communications
joined their counterparts from other State agencies in
Crownsville to discuss how to market Maryland for contractual
and civilian personnel in New Jersey and Northern Virginia
reluctant to re-locate to Maryland because of BRAC re-location.
July 24, 2008: MHEC received notification of release of
Historically Black Institution funding for FY2009 and processed
payment to the HBIs for August 1.
July 25, 2008: OSFA began the process of awarding legislative
scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year.
July 31, 2008: Secretary Lyons was Commencement Speaker at
Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, MD.
Office of Grants
• Developed draft documents for meeting of the Educational
Longitudinal Data System Work Group, which is a subcommittee of
the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher
Education (Bohanan Commission). This work group has been charged
with developing recommendations for developing a P-20
• Conducted a survey of nursing school deans and faculty and
hospital administrators on the Nurse Support Program II to
examine the program to maximize its effectiveness.
• Participated in a long range planning session for the IMPART
(the Institute for Museum, Preservation, and Archeology Research
and Training) consortium members regarding the heritage
disciplines (museum studies, conservation, archeology, historic
preservation and cultural resource management).
July 2008 Accomplishments
Private Career Schools
• Two sessions of training were conducted to offer guidance to
new and current private career schools to assist them in
preparing their annual reports. About eighty persons attended.
Andrea McLendon was the lead person on this project.
• On new school was approved to offer principles and practices
of real estate program and one new school was approved to offer
• Two state approving agency VA annual visits were made, one VA
initial approval visit was made and two state visits were made.
• One school closed in an orderly, legal way and its certificate
of approval from the Commission was returned.
• Three cease and desist notices were sent to illegally
operating training providers.
• Records from closed institutions of postsecondary education:
responded to 27 requests for transcripts from closed schools and
10 education verification requests.
Workforce Development / WIA
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
represented MHEC at three workforce committee meetings.
• On July 28th, Mr. Kendall, acting as MHEC Workforce
Development staff support, attended an Economic and Workforce
Workgroup meeting for the Commission to Develop the Maryland
Model for Funding Higher Education.
• Mr. Kendall represented MHEC at the National Governor’s
Association Policy Academy on State Sector Strategies
(Innovative Workforce Policies to Address Worker and Employer
Needs) in Madison, WI from July 21st to the 24th.
• Mr. Kendall participated in two USDOE conference calls, both
regarding Career and Technical Education/Perkins IV funding as
they pertain to community colleges.
• David Jorgenson, Education Analyst, reviews on a daily basis
all Community College continuing education courses for
regulatory FTE eligibility.
In an ongoing process, Mr. Jorgenson continues to work with MHEC
IT staff to develop a viable process for continuing education
course applications to be available online, and to make the MHEC
inventory of continuing education courses publicly viewable
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 326,000 college students in Maryland, for
the State and its needs, and for business and industry in