February 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: February 1, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
January 2009 MHEC Report to the Governor
January 6, 2009: Secretary Lyons and MHEC Chairman Kevin
O’Keefe participated in an extensive meeting of the 2009
Plan for Postsecondary Education. Each leader of the five
writing groups gave an update of their progress as did the
State Plan editorial group. Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr.,
unveiled the official final report of the Commission to
Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education to
Secretary Lyons, Chairman O’Keefe and MHEC staff members.
Delegate Bohanan chaired the Maryland Model Commission.
January 6, 2009: MHEC’s Office of Grants conducted two
workshops for faculty members of independent colleges and
universities. The workshops, “Dos and Don’ts of Grants
Writing” and “MHEC Grant Programs,” were held at Stevenson
January 12, 2009: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council, made up
of representatives of the University System of Maryland (USM),
the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities
Association (MICUA), Maryland Association of Community
Colleges (MACC), St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Morgan
State University and the Maryland Association of Private
Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS), met to discuss a
lengthy agenda. It included a presentation by the College
Savings Plans of Maryland by Executive Director Joan
Marshall, a presentation of the Maryland Task Force for the
Preservation of Heritage Languages by Executive Director
Catherine Ingold, Maryland Hospital Association Nursing
Initiative’ “Who Will Care?” program, the Governor’s
Workforce Investment Board Survey on Energy-related
programs, an update on the 2009 State Plan for Postsecondary
Education, a report on the Segments’ Textbook Summit, and
update of the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for
Funding Higher Education and a presentation of MAPCCS’
January 12-19, 2009: Office of grants reviewed and approved
several Phase 6 and 7 Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ)
project revisions and issued awards.
January 13, 2009: MHEC’s Maryland Fire-Rescue Education and
Training Commission met at MHEC. Secretary Lyons addressed
the group of more than 30 and in his remarks credited
Governor O’Malley’s strong commitment to the State’s fire
and rescue personnel and extended thanks for their service.
The Fire-Rescue Commission discussed conducting safe live
fire training using acquired structures, a motion was made
to accept minimum standards committee recommendations, and
the State Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Facility was
January 13, 2008: To cut down on costs, management associate
to communications director and legislative director printed
her own business cards on her home computer that looked
exactly like the business cards MHEC orders from an outside
vendor. The cards included all relevant information and
included a tagline (not produced at taxpayer expense).
Management Associate said she would not mind producing
similar cards for other MHEC employees.
January 13, 2009: Office of grants issued the Maryland
College Access Challenge Grant Program (MCACGP) Request for
January 14, 2009: MHEC’s Education Policy Committee met.
Items of discussion included minimum requirements for
In-State Degree-Granting Institutions, recommendation for
proposed action; policy changes requested by the Maryland
Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (action
item), status report on the Associate of Science in
Engineering (ASE) initiative and report on private career
school: approval actions from October 1, 2008 to December
31, 2008. All action items that were approved by the Ed
Policy Committee will be considered by the full Commission
for final approval.
January 14, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Communications
Director attended opening ceremonies of the Maryland General
Assembly on the floor of Senate where Governor O’Malley and
Lt. Governor Brown gave opening day remarks. Secretary Lyons
was also able to have informal discussions with numerous
Senators before the formal session began.
January 14, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Assistant Secretary of
Finance Policy, Assistant Secretary of Planning and Academic
Affairs and Communications Director met with Patrice
Cromwell and Andy Moser, Assistant Secretary at DLLR, to
discuss MHEC’s growing role in regards to Governor’s
January 14, 2009: BRAC coordinator, Assistant Secretary
Finance Policy, chief of staff, grants director, BRAC
researcher and Director of Academic and Planning Affairs met
to discuss the possibility of searching for federal grants
that could potentially expand MHEC’s major initiatives.
January 15, 2009: Communications director participated in
Governor’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative meeting
consisting of colleagues at other State agencies.
January 15, 2009: Office of grants conducted a workshop at
Towson University on the various grant programs offered by
January 16, 2009: Legislative director held first bill
review hearing to discuss upcoming bills that would directly
or indirectly affect MHEC. MHEC’s internal advisory
committee, consisting of staff directors in all departments
January 16, 2009: MHEC staff presented a report to Lt.
Governor Brown listing its accomplishments over the past two
years and challenges and trends it faces for the next two
January 21, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Communications
Director attended the unveiling of Governor’s FY 2010
January 22, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with Morgan State
University President Dr. Earl Richardson.
January 22, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Assistant Secretary of
Finance Policy and Assistant Secretary of Planning and
Academic Affairs met with Lt. Governor Brown to discuss
MHEC’s major achievements during 2008.
January 22, 2009: Office of grants hosted a meeting for the
Governor’s Grants Office to provide a discussion forum for
the U.S. General Accountability Office to examine with grant
professionals at all levels (State, Local, Municipal,
Nonprofit) how the flow of Federal funds get to the
nonprofit end user and how “overhead” is treated.
January 26, 2009: Secretary Lyons was keynote luncheon
speaker at the Maryland Association of Community College’s
legislative luncheon. He spoke highly of the O’Malley-Brown
administration’s strong commitment to the State’s community
colleges. Later in the day, Secretary Lyons, Assistant
Secretary for Planning and Academic Affairs, Legislative
Director and Finance Policy Analyst, all attended MACC’s
successful legislative evening reception.
January 26-30, 2009: Office of grants compiled census and
teacher staffing data to determine eligible high need Local
Education Agency (LEA) in preparation for Phase 8 Improving
Teacher Quality (ITQ) grant funding.
January 27, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in a
conference call with the U.S. Dream Academy’s Steering
Committee. The U.S. Dream Academy is a nationally recognized
after-school program dedicated to breaking the cycle of
incarceration through skill, character, and dream building.
January 27, 2009: Office of grants met with the Maryland
Hospital Association representative to plan the Maryland
presentation on NSP II for the All-County Nursing Education
Capacity Summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.
January 28, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with the College
Board’s Carmen Sanchez-Buster.
January 28, 2009: MHEC’s full commission met. Items
discussed included minimum requirements from In-State Degree
Granting Institutions, a status report on the Associate of
Science In Engineering (ASE) initiative, summary of
activities of the planning analysis and workforce
development office, overview of the 2010 operating budget,
summary of activities from the office of grants and the FY
2008 annual report from the Office of Student Financial
January 29, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Governor’s
State of the State address and a private reception after the
speech held at Government House.
January 29, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended St. Mary’s
College of Maryland’s annual alumni legislative reception.
January 29, 2009: Office of grants conducted technical
assistance session for the Maryland College Access Challenge
Grant Program (MCACGP).
Private Career Schools:
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
and PCS Education Analyst, met with/counseled one private
career school (1/22: Omega)
• One new program approved (1/16: Medix School-West,
Computer Support Technician)
• One new School approved (1/26: First American School of
• Performed one media interview for the Baltimore Business
Community College Continuing Education:
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce
Development, with data entry by Administrative Assistant
Alice Legum, processed 464 continuing education course
applications for FTE funding.
• Mr. Kendall attended and presented to a Maryland Community
College Association of Continuing Education and Training
• ONGOING: Mr. Kendall, in conjunction with MHEC IT staff,
continues to develop a test version for a process for
continuing education course applications for FTE funding to
be available online. Fields have been identifies and form
use is being discussed with community colleges. This will
also allow the MHEC inventory of continuing education
courses to be publicly viewable online. Target
implementation date July 1, 2009.
• ONGOING: The continuing education manual will also be
updated and put online when the electronic online
application process is complete. Target implementation date:
July 1, 2009
Workforce Development / WIA:
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
and acting as 2009 State Plan for Higher Education Goal 5
Facilitator, attended two meetings on the draft State Plan
(1/6 and 1/26).
• Attended one GWIB Interagency Workgroup Committee meeting
• Attended, as a workforce member, the second CTE Task Force
meeting created by the P-20 Council (1/6).
• Attended CTE/Northrop Grumman/TEAM Center meeting to
discuss NG hiring needs (1/20).
• Attended P-20 Employment Benchmarks workgroup meeting
Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary Education:
• Responded to 13 requests for transcripts from closed
schools and 1 education verification request
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA):
• OSFA staff participated in four outreach activities at
venues that included a high school, a church, a State
University and one civic organization. Financial aid
information was presented and agency printed materials was
given to the participants. The purposed of these activities
is to educate and encourage participants to continue their
education and apply for the various financial aid programs
available from federal, state and institutional sources.
• The FY 2008 OSFA Annual Report was completed and printed
copies are being disbursed to selected State government
offices, legislatures, institutional financial aid
personnel, Commission members and Presidents of Maryland
colleges and universities. The report provides summary data
of all State financial aid programs and participants,
outreach activities, significant activities, and describe
the twenty-two financial aid programs. Data from FY 2007 is
included for comparison.
• OSFA completed awarding $315,000 to 114 additional
Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grant recipients that
were on the applicant waitlist. Also, 12 waitlist applicants
for the Charles W. Riley Fire and Emergency Medical Services
Tuition Reimbursement Program were awarded $39,000 through
transfer of funds from legislative scholarships.
• OSFA is currently updating its financial aid processing
system to begin testing for the 2009-2010 award year. The
current system requires modification each year by an outside
vendor so that applications for the upcoming award year can
be downloaded after March 1, 2009 and processed and State
financial aid awards can be made. The process, with testing,
takes several weeks.
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