December 2009 Press
release: December 1, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC's November 2009 Report for Governor O'Malley
November 1-30, 2009: MHEC Communications Associate responded to 57 letters and
emails sent to the Governor on higher education issues.
November 1, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in College Success Task Force
meeting at MHEC. The College Success Task Force, co-chaired by Secretary Lyons
with MSDE Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick reviews relevant issues and make
recommendations for statewide change. A report from the task force is expected
by December of 2009.
November 3, 2009: Director of Finance Policy presented State funding/Budget
briefing on Community Colleges, Independent Colleges and Universities and State
Financial Aid programs to Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds.
November 4, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Maryland Independent College and
University Association’s reception and dinner at its annual retreat.
November 5, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in the Maryland Business
Roundtable for Education's 18th Annual Meeting.
November 5, 2009: Director of Finance Policy represented MHEC at the Morgan
State University budget meeting at the Department of Budget and Management.
November 6, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Education Policy Analyst participated in a
conference call of the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council’s Executive Committee.
November 7, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in the 2009 Maryland Black Issues
forum. The Lt. Governor spoke at the event and Secretary Lyons was part of a
panel discussion that included community leaders including Maryland’s African
November 9, 2009: Secretary Lyons and MHEC staff participated in a budget
meeting at the Department of Budget and Management.
November 10, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in the American Council on
Education (ACE) Commission on International Initiatives. The Commission on
International Initiatives advises ACE on its initiative in internationalization
and global learning using information it gleans from its contacts with other
November 12, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Assistant Secretary for Planning and
Academic Affairs attended Morgan State University’s Founders Day Convocation.
November 12, 2009: Director of Communications attended monthly Green Economy
Working Group. Items discussed were Maryland Genuine Progress Indicator update,
and two presentations by two area “green” businesses: Owens Geothermal Systems,
which uses natural heat from the earth to reduce heating, cooling and hot water
expenses by up to 60 percent and Bluewing Environmental Solutions and
Technologies which develops “floating islands” to clean up polluted waterways.
November 13, 2009: Secretary Lyons spoke at the Maryland Online Conference at
Frederick Community College. Maryland Online promotes lifelong learning by
listing Maryland colleges and universities offering on-line courses,
certificates and degrees.
November 13, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Installment of former Department
of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Secretary Tom Perez as Assistant
Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department
November 16, 2009: Governor O’Malley attended the P-20 Leadership Council at
MHEC. The governor said Maryland is very competitive for “Race to the Top” grant
funding ranging from $150-$250 million dollars that might come to the State from
the U.S. Department of Education. Governor O’Malley also stayed to hear a
presentation from Achieve, Inc. This organization was created in 1996 by the
nation’s governors and corporate leaders. Achieve is an independent, bipartisan,
non-profit education reform organization based in Washington, D.C. that helps
states raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments
and strengthen accountability. In 2006, Achieve was named by Education Week as
one of the most influential education groups in the nation. Achieve is leading
the effort to make college and career readiness a national priority so that the
transition from high school graduation to postsecondary education and careers is
November 16, 2009: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council met. The council includes
representatives of the University System of Maryland (USM), the Maryland
Association of Community Colleges (MACC), the Maryland Independent College and
University Association (MICUA), Morgan State University and St. Mary’s College
of Maryland and the Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career School (MAPCCS).
Items discussed were an update on a grant MHEC has applied for from the Lumina
Foundation, a discussion on how to proceed with implementing financial literacy
programs at the segments institutions and a discussion of what might be coming
out of the 2010 General Assembly Session.
November 18, 2009: MHEC’s full commission met. Items discussed included FY 2011
Consolidated Operating Budget Recommendations, FY 2011 Consolidated Capital
Budget Recommendations, a report on the auditing of community college
enrollments, a presentation of MDgo4it.org’s project and MHEC’s
new-state-of-the-art Maryland College Aid Processing System (MD CAPS). 2009 fall
opening enrollment was also presented as well as reports on programs reviewed
from Aug. 1-Oct. 31, 2009 and a report on private career school approval actions
from Aug. 22-Oct. 31, 2009.
November 18, 2009: Director of Communications met with communications colleagues
at MHEC for monthly BRAC coordinators/marketing meeting. DOC discussed green
jobs and the success of MHEC Twittering about BRAC updates.
November 19, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in meeting with Governor
O’Malley’s senior staff to discuss StateStat and the Governor’s Delivery Unit.
November 19, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended retirement dinner for Morgan State
President Earl Richardson who is leaving after 25 years as president of the
prominent Historically Black Institution (HBI).
November 19, 2009: Director of Communications attended monthly Smart, Green and
Growing communications group meeting at Department of Natural Resources. He
reported that the University System of Maryland’s 11 universities have all
signed on to the Maryland Green Registry, eight of 16 community colleges have
signed on and at MICUA’s retreat, per Director of Communication’s request,
MICUA’s Vice President asked independent college presidents to join the Green
Registry. DOC is also working with the Maryland Catholic Conference, MACO and
MML asking their members to join the Green Registry.
November 19, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended meeting of the Finance
Committee of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
November 20, 2009: Director of Communications met with Congressman
Ruppersberger’s press secretary at MHEC to go over details of upcoming press
conference with Congressman Ruppersberger and Secretary Lyons to announce a
$381,000 National Security STEM initiative in Anne Arundel County. Congressman
Ruppersberger secured the earmark in last year’s budget and asked Secretary
Lyons to be the project director for the initiative.
November 20, 2009: Director of Finance Policy presented MHEC and State update to
the Business Officers affinity group of the Maryland Association of Community
November 23, 2009: Secretary Lyons convened a full MHEC staff meeting to discuss
the State budget and other matters affecting the agency.
November 23, 2009: Director of Finance Policy received and reviewed Mandatory
MHEC Community College Financial Reports for accuracy and use in calculating FY
2011 State aid.
November 24, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Congressman Ruppersberger participated in
press conference which included invited guests from the National Security
Agency, officials and teachers with the Anne Arundel County School System
including Superintendent Dr. Kevin Maxwell and Board Chairman Ned Carey. A
middle school teacher and high school student discussed the value of STEM
education from their different perspectives. See link for coverage of press
conference by WBAL TV:
November 25, 2009: Director of Finance Policy Reviewed transmittals and
processed payments for Community College grant programs.
Office of Grants
November 4, 2009: Conducted a site visit at Capitol College for the College
Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP), and drafted guidelines for the Nurse
Support Program II presented to the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC).
November 5, 2009: Attended the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education Annual
November 6, 2009: Attended the Prince George's County Regional GEAR UP meeting
November 6, 2009: Met with Coppin State University faculty to discuss ways to
improve their Improving Teacher Quality State Grant program applications
November 7, 2009: Presented information about MDgo4it.org for Engineering Day at
University of Maryland, College Park
November 10, 2009: Presented a technical assistance meeting for those interested
in responding to the Request for Applications for the Nursing Support Program (NSP)
November 13, 2009: Attended a meeting held at the HSCRC for those who responded
to public comments on proposed guidelines
November 17, 2009: Conducted a conference call with Mary Alexander from the
Maryland Historical Trust to discuss the status of the Institute for Museum,
Preservation, and Archaeology Research and Training (IMPART) grant program,
report due dates, and no cost extension requests.
November 18, 2009: Attended a Community of Interest meeting at the UMB School of
Nursing for their re-accreditation
November 18, 2009: Attended the Maryland Higher Education Commission meeting;
staff member presented information about the MDgo4it.org program
November 20, 2009: Participated in a post award conference call for the recent
federal appropriation from the Fund for the Improvement of Education for the
Commission’s National Security STEM Initiative
November 30, 2009: Attended a meeting with the Assistant Director of the Harry
R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology to discuss the status of FY 2010 funding.
November 1-30, 2009 through out the month: Finalized Health Personnel Shortage
Incentive Grant (HPSIG) awards and prepared invoices for signature
November 1-30, 2009 through out the month: Negotiated award amounts and program
activities with seven grant recipients of the federally funded Improving Teacher
Quality (ITQ) State Grant program and issued formal grant award or decline
letters to all 17 ITQ grant applicants. Updated and issued the mandatory grant
provisions, invoices for payment and grant award notice to five of seven ITQ
grant recipients (two projects still in negotiation).
Private Career Schools and Workforce Development
November 3, 2009: Associate Director for Workforce Development participated in
the GWIB Board retreat.
November 4, 2009: Associate Director for Workforce Development represented MHEC
in a CTE conference call.
November 10, 2009: Associate Director for Workforce Development compiled and
prepared additional Workforce Shortage statistics for the Advisory Council on
Workforce Shortages meeting (MHEC Scholarships and Grants) that compared DLLR
occupational demand projections with associated 2008 graduation statistics from
Maryland higher education institutions, then with the council’s January 2008
report. The Associate Director for Workforce Development also met with and
presented findings to the MSDE CTE Leadership Council on the Career and
Technical Education Consortium summit that was held in October.
November 12, 2009: Associate Director for Workforce Development discussed at
length with the GWIB reporting measures for the GWIB 2010 Workforce Indicators
report, then provided statistics on postsecondary institutions.
November 13, 2009: Representing MHEC, Associate Director for Workforce
Development met with the Maryland Community College Association Continuing
Education and Training committee (deans and vice presidents) at their retreat.
November 19, 2009: As the MHEC representative, Associate Director for Workforce
Development attended the GWIB Interagency Workgroup meeting.
November 23, 2009: Workforce Development and WIA staff reviewed the draft
modifications of the GWIB-WIA Training Provider evaluation parameters to more
accurately take into account the availability of employment data (to be
implemented in December).
November 24, 2009: The Associate Director for Workforce Development represented
MHEC in a MSDE Perkins IV institutional monitoring conference call to develop
strategies for 2010 monitoring visits.
Throughout the month of November:
• Seven State Solicitor Permits were reviewed, processed, and issued.
• Three-hundred seven community college continuing education course applications
for FTE funding were reviewed and processed.
• Nineteen requests for transcripts from closed schools and nine 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 as March
• 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.
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
November 1-30, 2009: OSFA staff participated in 10 financial aid outreach
activities held at various venues in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County and
Montgomery County. These activities were directed toward college bound secondary
school students, their parents and members of professional associations.
November 1-30, 2009: Select staff worked with members of the Legislative
Auditing team conducting a three year audit of all financial aid programs
administered by OSFA.
November 1-30, 2009: Continued to make awards in the Howard P. Rawlings
Guaranteed Access Grant Program for the 2009-2010 academic year.
November 11, 2009: Associate Director of OSFA, who is a member of the Executive
Board of the DE-DC-MD Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators,
presented bylaw changes to Association members during Fall Business Meeting. In
addition MHEC program updates were provided to the Maryland Financial Aid
November 4, 2009: Secretary Lyons and BRAC Coordinator attended a BRACStat
meeting at the Jeffrey Building in Annapolis.
November 4, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the MICUA retreat and discussed BRAC-related
November 9, 2009: BRAC Coordinator attended the Maryland Military Council
Meeting in Crownsville.
November 17, 2009: BRAC Coordinator and Annabelle Sher of DBED, met with
Baltimore Business Roundtable leadership to discuss the internship website under
November 18, 2009: BRAC Coordinator and MHEC Director of Communications hosted
the monthly BRAC Coordinators/Communications Monthly Meeting at MHEC.
November 19, 2009: BRAC Coordinator attended a meeting of the BRAC Subcabinet
meeting in Bethesda.
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.