GOVERNOR O’MALLEY RELEASES
HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
Campus upgrades, making college affordable among key
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 16, 2008) -- Governor
Martin O’Malley today unveiled his FY 2009 budget to his cabinet
members and some key state lawmakers at a press conference in
the Governor’s reception room today.
The proposed budget highlights for higher education and
workforce education include:
Providing $16.3 million from the Higher
Education Investment Fund (HEIF) to freeze in-state tuition
at Maryland public universities for the third year in a row
– after rising 40 percent since 2000.
Including $11.5 million from the HEIF to
support enrollment of an additional 1,619 students at the
public four-year campuses.
Providing the largest capital allocation ever
for community colleges – $81.1 million for 13 projects at 13
Community College funding grows by 12
percent, or $29.1 million.
Dedicating $1.5 million from HEIF to narrow
the achievement gap between under-represented students and
students as a whole.
Including $18.5 million from the HEIF to meet
workforce capacity demands.
Expanding nursing and allied health programs,
including doubling enrollments at the Shady Grove campus.
Renovating labs and facilities for Pharmacy, Public Health
Enhancing doctoral and research programs at
Morgan State University.
Supporting BRAC-related workforce development
and adult literacy programs.
$8.8 million for the Nurse Support Program II
to expand the number of nursing graduates produced each
$201.million in capital funding for public
“The Maryland Higher Education community has a
great friend in Governor O’Malley,” Higher Education Secretary
James E. Lyons, Sr. – who attended the press conference – said.
“His budget is very favorable to many of our colleges and
universities. He has set out a bold and very exciting initiative
to freeze tuition at public universities for the third straight
year which I wholeheartedly support. This is a win-win budget
for thousands of our Maryland higher education students, many
who are struggling to pay for their fees and tuitions.”
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 300,000 college students in Maryland, for
the State and its needs, and for business and industry in