February 2010 Press
release: February 2, 2010 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC's January 2010 Governor's Report
January 5, 2010: Secretary Lyons addressed the participants in the Washington
Center for Internships. He discussed the overall state of higher education, the
importance of internships and Governor O’Malley’s strong contribution to higher
January 6, 2010: Secretary Lyons and MHEC Education Policy Analyst participated
in College Success Task Force conference calls with officials at the Maryland
State Department of Education.
January 7, 2010: Secretary Lyons was keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Meeting
of the Association of Faculties for Advancement of Community College Teaching at
the College of Southern Maryland. He pointed out several times that the
O’Malley-Brown administration has been very supportive of the mission of
community colleges and workforce development.
January 8, 2010: Secretary Lyons held a staff meeting for all MHEC employees to
discuss the status of the budget beginning Fiscal Year 2011 and how it affects
January 8, 2010: Director of Academic affairs addressed the the 20th Annual
Meeting of the Association for Faculties for the Advancement of Community
College Teaching. The topic of the address was student-centered learning,
“Focusing of Faculty for Student-Centered Learning”. There were approximately
150 community college faculty, (full-time and adjunct) in attendance at the
College of Southern Maryland La Plata campus.
January 12, 2010: Secretary Lyons had discussion with GWIB Executive Director
Eric Seleznow to discuss Skills to Compete Update.
January 12, 2010: BRAC Coordinator participated in meeting with Asuntha
Chiang-Smith and his colleagues in other State agencies to discuss important and
updated BRAC issues.
January 13, 2010: Secretary Lyons and Director of Communications attended the
first day of the opening session of the 2010 Maryland General Assembly Session.
January 14, 2010: Director of Finance Policy met with Director of Academic
Affairs and Career Education to discuss Guarantee Tuition Security Fund to
follow up on Education Policy Committee questions
January 15, 2010: Director of Communications met with Asuntha Chiang-Smith, and
Maryland Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kathy Snyder and Chamber Chairman
Joe Slater. The meeting, set up by MHEC’s Director of Communications, was to
discuss how the Chamber could work with the governor’s sub-cabinet on BRAC on
issues regarding procuring jobs for the unemployed as well as a discussion of
cyber-security initiatives the administration is undertaking which will create
January 19, 2010: Secretary Lyons met with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown to discuss
higher education issues that will be facing Maryland in the near-future. He also
attended the governor’s press conference regarding the FY 2011 budget.
January 20, 2010: Secretary Lyons attended reception Celebrating Education
Ireland at the Residence of the Ambassador of Ireland.
January 20, 2010: Associate Director for Academic Affairs represented Secretary
Lyons at Smart Growth Sub-cabinet meeting in Baltimore City.
January 20, 2010: Director of the Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
and Director of Academic Affairs testified on behalf of two departmental bills,
SB 80 and SB 91.
January 21, 2010: Secretary Lyons addressed the Mainland, Jiang Su Province,
China, Provincial Officials, General State Delegations from Multiple
Governmental Functions at the invitation of the University of Maryland China
January 21, 2010: Secretary Lyons and MHEC staff testified before the Senate
Budget and Taxation Committee Hearing regarding recommendations by the
Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education (commonly
referred to as the Bohanan Commission named after the chair of the Commission,
Delegate John L. Bohanan, Jr.).
January 21, 2010: Director of Academic Affairs joined colleagues from the Lumina
Making Opportunity Affordable project to make a presentation on
“Transformational Transfer” at the annual meeting of the Association of American
Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. Approximately fifty people were
present for the session.
January 21, 2010: Director of Finance Policy presented portion of briefing on
progress on Implementation of Commission to Develop Model for Funding Higher
Education to the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee.
January 25, 2010: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council met. The council is made up
of the University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland Independent College and
University Association (MICUA), Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC),
Morgan State University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Maryland
Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS). Discussion items
included the Maryland State budget for higher education, update on Making
Opportunity Affordable Grant, College Success Task Force, the academic program
approval process, common core draft standards in math and English Language Art,
concerns about the possibility of espionage at research institutions and
prospective higher education legislation.
January 25, 2010: Secretary Lyons and Director of Communications attended the
Maryland Association of Community Colleges’ annual luncheon during its Trustee
Leadership Conference. Secretary Lyons discussed the important mission of
community colleges and how supportive the O’Malley-Brown administration has been
to community colleges. Director of Communications networked with community
college trustees and presidents mentioning how supportive Governor O’Malley is
towards all of the 16 institutions during terrible economic times.
January 25, 2010: Secretary Lyons attended the MACC legislative reception in the
evening talking with various senators and delegates.
January 25, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended Department of Legislative
Services Fiscal Briefing.
January 27, 2010: MHEC’s full commission met. Items discussed included: Nurse
Support II Program II Guidelines, Summary of Activities of the Office of Student
Financial Assistance (OSFA), Regulation Revision on Exempt Institutions, New
Post-Master’s Certification, Information Reports Distributed to the Commission,
Update on Statewide Designated and Health Workforce Shortage Program Lists,
update on Closing of ComputerTraining.edu, Continuing Education Manual for
Maryland Community Colleges – 2009, Report on Programs Reviewed from November
1-December 31, 2009 and report on Private Career Schools: Approval Actions from
October 31-December 31, 2009. The Commission also considered whether to revisit
its decision to uphold Secretary Lyons’ rejection of the University of Maryland
University College’s request to offer a Concentration in Community College
Policy and Administration Doctorate in the State of Maryland. The Commission
voted 7-2 not to reconsider their earlier decision.
January 28, 2010: Director of Academic Affairs facilitated a meeting with
representatives of the World Bank, Montgomery College and University of
Maryland, College Park for the purpose of designing a week-long seminar for
policy leaders in higher education from developing countries. It is expected
that approximately sixty policy leaders will attend the seminar in March. Site
visits will be made to a campus of Montgomery College and to the campus of the
University of Maryland, College Park as outstanding examples of American higher
January 29, 2009: Secretary Lyons held telephone conversation regarding Pell
grants with Senator Jim Rosapepe (D-District 21).
January 29, 2009: Secretary Lyons and MHEC staff testified before the Senate
Budget and Taxation Subcommittee on Health, Education and Human Resources
regarding the Higher Education Fiscal 2010 Budget Overview. They also testified
on MHEC’s budget analysis compiled by Department of Legislative Services staff.
Workforce Development / WIA and Private Career Schools:
January 4, 2010: MHEC private career school staff represented MHEC in a
television news interview regarding two private computer schools that closed
over the holidays.
January 5: MHEC private career school staff represented MHEC in two telephone
news interviews regarding the two private computer schools that closed over the
January 6: MHEC private career school staff represented MHEC in a television
news interview regarding the two private computer schools that closed over the
January 6: MHEC private career school staff visited the site of an applicant
private career school to thoroughly review its application.
January 19: The Associate Director for Workforce Development represented MHEC at
a Department of Disabilities Team Leadership Committee meeting to develop
reporting parameters for Skills2Compete-Maryland.
January 20: MHEC private career school staff met with the owner of four private
dental assisting schools to provide guidance on best practices for his dental
January 21: The Associate Director for Workforce Development represented MHEC in
a U.S. Dept. of Education OVAE (Office of Vocational and Adult Education)
webinar on secondary and postsecondary CTE reports and parameters.
January 21: The Associate Director for Workforce Development represented MHEC in
a GWIB Interagency Workgroup conference call to discuss Career Readiness
Certification, Skills2Compete, and Universal Design implementation at Local
Workforce Investment Board locations.
January 22: MHEC private career school staff convened a Secretary’s Advisory
Council to review applications for one new private career school and one change
January 26: MHEC community college continuing education staff distributed the
annual Biennial Review Inactive Course inventories to all community college
chief continuing education officers for review.
Throughout the month of January:
• One State Solicitor Permit was reviewed, processed, and issued.
• 52 community college continuing education course applications for FTE funding
were reviewed and processed.
• 22 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 now July
1, 2010. The delay is due to a disparity between database configurations for
colleges and MHEC when performing an upload of data.
• 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. The first updated industry
sector report is targeted to be completed by March 1st.
Office of Grants:
January 7, 2010: Met with BRAC Coordinator to seek federally approved indirect
January 11, 2010: Made Bowie State University site visit for Nurse Support II (NSP
January 15, 2010: Attended legislative bill review committee meeting.
January 15, 2010: Deans and Directors of Maryland Nursing Schools.
January 19, 2010: University of Maryland Baltimore site visit for NSPII.
January 20, 2010: Attended IMPART meeting.
January 20, 2010: Made Towson University site visit for NSPII.
January 22, 2010: Made presentation to Community College Development and Grants
managers affinity group.
January 25, 2010: Attended Oversight Committee of Who Will Care? initiative.
January 26, 2010: Attended Health Services Cost Review Commission meeting for
January 27, 2010: Closed out FY2009 GEAR UP administration grant from the
Maryland State Department of Education.
January 28-29, 2010: Represented MHEC at Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
Doctoral Scholars Advisory Board meeting in Atlanta.
January 1-31, 2010: Contacted reviewers for upcoming NSP II proposals and
arranged meetings. Responded to numerous requests concerning NSP II from
Department of Legislative Services. Created project amendment request form.
Worked on CPIP FY2011 Request For Proposals. Reviewed and approved several
one-time not cost six-month extensions for IMPART and Community College Students
with Learning Disabilities grants. Posted project coordinator position for the
National Security STEM initiative and monitored incoming applications. Updated
Governor’s Policy Fellow files; obtained needed letters of resignation and
reestablished contact with remaining Fellows. Resolved several technical and
legal questions pertaining to participation of non-US citizens in the federally
funded ITQ State Grant Program. Worked with Governor’s Public Policy office
staff to obtain seating for the Governor’s Policy Fellows at the State of the
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA):
• The new web based financial aid processing system , MD CAPS, went live for
Maryland institutional financial aid officers on January 7, 2010. This new
system will allow real time processing and changes to Maryland student financial
aid awards and payments. The next phase scheduled for early February will
include the student portal which will allow students to apply, accept and change
award information and communicate online with the Office of Student Financial
• During January the OSFA staff participated in financial aid outreach
activities in Prince Georges County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City. The
activities were held at local high schools and Coppin State University.
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.