January 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: January 1, 2009
Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
December 2008 Governor's Report from MHEC
• December 1, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance
Policy and MHEC office of grants attended the Maryland
Business Roundtable’s 17th Annual Meeting to discuss
students’ recent accomplishments and opportunities they will
face in college, the workplace and in life. Discussions were
also centered on how to resolve and take action to achieve a
high quality workforce, opportunity for Maryland’s students,
and to ensure a thriving economy in Maryland.
• December 2, 2008: Office of grants planned Maryland
College Access Challenge Grant project director evaluation
training session with external evaluator.
• December 2, 2008: Secretary Lyons and Director of
Communications participated in a conference call with Dr.
Lyons’ colleagues in all 50 states to discuss the “Measuring
Up 2008 State Report Card on Higher Education” compiled by
the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.
• December 3, 2008: Secretary Lyons met with University of
Maryland College Park President Dr. C.D. Mote and other
University officials to discuss a major proposal they plan
to implement statewide.
• December 3, 2008: Secretary Lyons met with Delegate John
L. Bohanan, Jr., to discuss the upcoming final draft of the
Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher
Education. Delegate Bohanan is chair of the Commission.
• December 3, 2008: Secretary Lyons participated in the
Historically Black Institution Workgroup meeting.
• December 4, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the College
Savings Plans annual meeting.
• December 5, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended and participated in the Nursing Education Capacity
Initiative Team Meeting. Discussion centered on the
Memorandum of Understanding with the Center to Champion
Nursing in America; Technical Assistance Update including
Oregon Webinar and Visit; Collection of Nursing Data; Action
Plan Updates; and NSP II Update.
• December 5, 2008: Assistant Secretary of Planning and
Academic Affairs and Communications Director participated in
Capital for a Day activities in Ellicott City. Dr. Reid
represented Secretary Lyons at the cabinet meeting and
subsequent press conference. Visits were made to Lincoln
Technical Institute, a private career school located in
Columbia, MD, and Howard Community College. Lincoln Tech
officials presented a tour of the facility and talked about
what workforce needs it provides to its students. At Howard
Community College, President Dr. Kathleen Hetherington
provided a brief power point presentation about the
college’s achievements and budget. A tour of the campus’
main building was conducted.
• December 8, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the American
Council on Education (ACE)/Achieve Conference on Advancing
• December 8, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended a press conference at the Maryland Business
Roundtable for Education with Baltimore City Mayor Sheila
Dixon, Baltimore City Public School ECO Dr. Andres Alonso,
and members of the business community to announce a major
Baltimore City partnership between business, government and
higher education at Frederick Douglass High School.
• December 8, 2008: Communications Director and BRAC
coordinator worked on providing briefing materials for a
press conference announcing Higher Education Investment Fund
application grant awardees.
• December 9, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Middle
States Annual Meeting presentation.
• December 9, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Workforce
Creation Task Force meeting.
• December 9, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended and participated in the Task Force to Review
Physician Shortages in Rural Areas. Members discussed a
survey of the University of Maryland Resident Physicians;
the final task report, and next steps.
• December 10, 2008: Secretary Lyons participated in the
final official meeting of the Commission to Develop the
Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education.
• December 11, 2008: Secretary Lyons participated as a
panelist on educational issues and later BRAC readiness at
the Dorchester County 2008 Economic Development Summit in
• December 12, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended luncheon held
by the Maryland Association of Private College and Career
Schools (MAPCCS). Also, BRAC coordinator took part in a
panel discussion on legislative issues.
• December 15, 2008: The Lt. Governor held a press
conference with Secretaries Lyons and Edgerley, Baltimore
Mayor Sheila Dixon, County Executives John Leopold and Jack
Johnson and Laurel Mayor Craig Moe, to announce BRAC Zones
and awardees of the BRAC Higher Education Investment fund.
Sixteen awards were announced at the press conference.
• December 15, 2008: Office of grants met with Maryland
State Department of Education representatives to plan GEAR
UP/College Prep joint project directors meeting.
• December 16, 2008: Office of grants conducted with
external evaluator, mandatory training session for Maryland
College Access Challenge Grant program.
• December 17, 2008: BRAC coordinator attended BRAC STAT
• December 19, 2008: MHEC administrative, finance policy and
academic and planning staff members met to discuss updated
developments for the 2009 State Plan for Postsecondary
Education which will serve as roadmap for the future of
Maryland Higher Education for the next five years.
• December 22, 2008: Office of grants participated in Career
Fair for Dundalk High School GEAR UP students.
MHEC’s Office of Student Financial Assistance report:
• Office of Student Financial Assistance staff participated
in 9 outreach activities for various audiences. The events
were held at high schools, post secondary educational
institutions and churches.
• New awards under The Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LARP
General) were made to 556 new participants. The awards
totaled $1,065,436. Awards were made to applicants in the
fields of Nursing, Law, Social Work, Teaching, Physical
Therapy, Speech Pathology and Nurse Faculty.
• LARP Primary Care Services award letters were sent to 13
physicians that bring health care services to underserved
geographic areas and populations of the state. All of the
awards were made to cover the next two years provided each
physician continues to provide the required service
• Stage I design for the new MD CAPS (Maryland College Aid
Processing System) was completed in December.
• An OSFA staff member attended a Federal Student Aid
Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that
focused on new regulations and processing of applications
for the upcoming award year. The four-day workshop provided
the opportunity for financial aid professionals to
participate in many hands-on applications using computer
labs and software provided during the conference and to
attend sessions on a wide variety of programs and processes
that affect the awarding of federal, state and institutional
Private Career Schools report:
Three PCS staff members attended the annual meeting of the
Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools.
Secretary Lyons and Assistant Secretary Reid were honored
guests. Les Bennett gave a panel presentation.
• Met with/counseled three private career schools regarding
• Met with/counseled one private career school applicant.
• Performed two site visits for new program reviews.
• Three new programs approved (12/17: Medix School-West,
Surgical Technologist; 12/18 Academy of Computer Education,
Microsoft Certified IT Professional Administrator; 12/22
Americare School of Allied Health—Silver Spring, IT and
Networking Design Certificate).
• Approval of Name Change (Americare School of Allied
Health—Silver Spring to American Career Institute, effective
• Approval of New Location (1st Realty Academy).
• Participated in on-going activities related to State Plan.
Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary Education:
• Responded to 16 requests for transcripts from closed
schools and 3 education verification requests
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