January 2010 Press
release: January 5, 2010 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
December 2009 MHEC Report for Governor O'Malley
December 1, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with Governor O’Malley’s Chief of Staff
Matt Gallagher in Baltimore City.
December 1, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the launch of Anne Arundel Community
Colleges Student Success 2020 at its campus in Arnold. AACC President Martha A.
Smith, Ph.D., plans for AACC to double the number of its students who earn
degrees, certificates and industry-recognized certifications by the year 2020.
In addition to Secretary Lyons, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S.
Department of Education’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education attended.
December 1-31, 2009: Director of Communications sent out almost daily updates on
the H1N1 Swine Flu – provided by Karen Black at DHMH – to all Maryland college
presidents and public relations colleagues to keep them aware of what the CDC is
doing to combat the pandemic. The colleges and universities used this
information on their websites and other forms of in-house communication and to
December 1-31: Management Associate responded to 32 inquiries sent to the
governor’s office regarding higher education issues.
December 2, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Director of Communications and Director of
Government Affairs participated in a financial literacy forum held within the
December 3, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended the December Annual
meeting of the Board of College Savings Plans of Maryland.
December 4, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended December meeting of the
Community College Facilities Planners.
December 7, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended and participated in the Southern
Regional Education Board (SREB)’s Invitational Symposium on College Readiness.
December 7, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Academic Affairs
represented Governor O’Malley at “The Johns Hopkins University School of
Education 100th Anniversary Celebration” and the launching of “Shaping the
Future: a series of discussions addressing the most challenging issues in public
education.” Dr. Reid gave regrets that Governor O’Malley was unable to attend
the celebration. December 8, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Assistant Secretary for
Planning and Academic Affairs attended Governor O’Malley’s reception in honor of
retiring Morgan State University President Dr. Earl Richardson at Government
December 8, 2009: Director of Finance Policy met with Division of Workforce
Development, Information Technology and Research to discuss community college
reports and reporting calendar for due dates for all reports required from
community college to Commission.
December 8, 2009: Communications Management Associate represented Director of
Communications (who was developing projects for both the governor and Lt.
Governor at MHEC) at an H1N1 Swine Flu meeting with DHMH representatives in
December 9, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Fort Meade Alliance Workforce
Forum. Speakers included Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, a representative from
Ft. Meade and Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
December 9, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended Cabinet secretaries’ luncheon with
Governor O’Malley then went to the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board meeting
at Anne Arundel Community College.
December 9, 2009: Maryland Fire-Rescue Education and Training Commission meeting
was held. Items discussed included State certificates of approval for training
academies, activity updates, personnel qualifications review board, instructor
certification review board update, reports from present organizations and old
and new business.
December 9, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended FY 2011 operating budget
meeting for the University System of Maryland at the Department of Budget and
December 11, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the conference of the Maryland
Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS).
December 11-15, 2009: Director of Communications coordinated with 11 colleges
and universities who received BRAC grants through the Governor’s Higher
Education Investment Fund (HEIF) asking them to promote the grants through their
press contact lists and through their internal communications. The 12 grants
were awarded to 11 Maryland colleges and universities. The amounts of the grants
range in size from $44,000 to $93,000 will be used to develop new programs
addressing BRAC-related workforce needs or to expand upon existing related
programs at the recipient schools next year. The effort was a major success with
numerous newspapers, television networks and radio stations running the releases
sent out by the institutions and on the Lt. Governor’s press release letterhead.
December 15, 2009: Director of Finance Policy met with Assistant Attorney
General and Assistant Director of Finance Policy to discuss eligibility of
locally, state or federally-funded community college enrollments for State
funding under the Cade Formula.
December 16, 2009: Director of Communications attended meeting of BRAC
coordinators and fellow DOCs to discuss how each agency is marketing BRAC and
will continue to market BRAC in the State. BRAC executive director Asuntha
Chiang-Smith emphasized the need to promote jobs and to move away from using
technical terms like BRAC so incoming citizens and those who already live in
Maryland will better understand how it will benefit them.
December 17, 2009: MHEC’s Secretary’s Advisory Council on Private Career Schools
met. Items of discussion included applications for change of ownership at the
Gandhi Institute of Health Foundation, New Creations Academy of Hair Design
School and SANZ school.
December 18, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended final meeting of the
Capital Debt Affordability Committee to determine the recommended FY 2011 State
December 18, 2009: Director of Academic Affairs met with the University System
of Maryland representatives and Gary Martin of the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)
The purpose of the meeting was to explore ways in which USM institutions can be
supportive of the BRAC expansion at APG. APG is still in the process of
identifying and defining its needs in three basic areas: talent pool
development, research & development, and continuing education. Once APG
determines its needs this information will be communicated to the USM leadership
who will disseminate it to campus colleagues for initiative development. The USM
institutions represented were University of Maryland, College Park, University
of Maryland University College, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Towson
University and Salisbury University.
December 21, 2009: Director of Finance Policy met with Chair of the MHEC Student
Advisory Council to discuss State funding and tuition and fees at Maryland
colleges and universities.
December 29, 2009: Director of Finance Policy Worked with DBM to calculate
community college and independent institution funding for FY 2011.
Private Career Schools
December 11: The Associate Director for Career Education made a presentation at
the annual meeting of the Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career
December 15: The Secretary’s Advisory Council for Private Career Schools met and
reviewed three applications for changes of ownership of private career schools.
One school change of ownership was approved by the Secretary.
Approvals for five programs were withdrawn by the Secretary.
42 Solicitors’ Permits issued to out of state private career schools
Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary Education
Thirteen requests for transcripts from closed schools and 9 education
verification requests were responded to.
Academic Common Market
Twenty-four constituents called about the application process for the Academic
Workforce Creation and Development
December 8, 2009: The Associate Director for Workforce Development represented
MHEC in a National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education
(NASDCTE) consortium webinar.
December 9, 2009: The Associate Director for Workforce Development participated
in two GWIB meetings, one for Career Readiness Certification and the other the
GWIB Board meeting.
December 11, 2009: The Associate Director for Workforce Development represented
MHEC at the MCCACET monthly meeting, and then met with a small group of
community college continuing education deans/VPs to review regulatory content in
the continuing education manual.
December 23, 2009: The Associate Director for Workforce Development met with
representatives from the Maryland Center for Construction Education and
Innovation to review currently offered construction related training in MD.
December 23, 2009: The State Approving Agency visited newly approved VA school
Medix School-West to train school personnel on the VA certification process.
Throughout the month of December:
42 State Solicitor Permits
were reviewed, processed, and issued;
449 community college
continuing education course applications for FTE funding were reviewed
and processed; and
19 requests for transcripts
from closed schools and 7 education verification requests were
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 1, 2010.
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 industry
sector report is targeted to be completed by March 1.
Office of Student Financial
Assistance – (OSFA)
OSFA staff participated in 9
financial aid outreach activities held at various venues in Baltimore
City, Prince George’s County and Montgomery and Caroline County. These
activities were directed toward college bound secondary school students,
their parents and members of professional associations.
The Associate Director of
OSFA attended the Federal Student Aid conference in Memphis during the
first week of December. This is an annual national conference sponsored
by the U.S. Department of Education for financial aid professionals. The
week long conference is designed so that participants have both hands on
and classroom training experiences.
Completed the awarding for the Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program for
Physicians for the 2009-2010 academic year.
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.