For immediate release: July 1, 2008
Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC June Report to Governor O'Malley
June 1-24: MHEC Marketing and Outreach manager and MHEC Director
of Communications worked with staff and all of Maryland’s
two-year and four-year public and independent colleges and
universities to produce one of its most comprehensive and
important publications: College 411: A Student Guide to Higher
Education and Financial Aid in Maryland. This includes a letter
supporting higher education from Governor O’Malley and Secretary
Lyons as well as information on Maryland’s colleges and
universities, grants, scholarship and financial aid and academic
June 1-3: Secretary Lyons attended the Making Opportunity
Affordable Grant Program Academy at the University of North
Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Lumina Foundation is offering a
multi-year initiative focused on increasing productivity with
the aim of graduating more students. Maryland is one of 11
states invited to submit a one-year planning grant proposal to
compete for one of five grants available.
June 1-7, 2008: MHEC’s Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA)
held Distinguished Scholar Talent in the Arts Competition.
Applicants for the DS Scholarship audition before judges who are
professionals in dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music
and visual arts. Approximately 700 students auditioned.
June 3 and 9, 2008: Staff met with the Health Services Cost
Review Commission and the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) to
discuss how the Nurse Support Program (NSP) II and MHA’s “Who
Will Care?” initiative can complement each other. The expansion
of NSP II and ways to gather input from interested parties about
the program were also discussed.
June 5, 2008: OSFA held sessions with college students to review
prototypes of the New State Student Financial Aid System.
Students gave positive feedback and good suggestions for the
June 6, 2008: Secretary Lyons met with the Morgan State
University Board of Regents.
June 9, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Maryland Military
June 10, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended a meeting of the
Governor’s P-20 Council of which he is a member.
June 10, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Commission to
Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education (Bohanan
Commission). Secretary Lyons is a member of this Commission and
MHEC is the staffing agency.
June 12, 2008: Secretary Lyons testified before the legislative
Joint Committee on BRAC to discuss in detail how MHEC is working
to ensure that workers relocating to Maryland have the best
postsecondary educational and workforce opportunities available
to them. He told the legislators that “MHEC is ready for BRAC.”
Secretary Lyons also introduced MHEC’s new BRAC coordinator to
the legislative panel.
June 12, 2008: Finance Policy staff met with Morgan State
University to discuss the development of new funding peers for
the institution since their Carnegie Classification has changed
from a Masters Large Institution to a Doctoral/Research
June 12, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Security Integration
June 12, 2008: Secretary Lyons was guest speaker and presenter
of awards at the STAR Scholarship Foundation Board award
presentation. STAR is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
which is all volunteer and more than 98 percent of all money it
receives goes to scholarships and merit awards to middle school
and high school students.
June 12, 2008: Secretary Lyons was guest speaker at the Greater
Bowie Chamber of Commerce dinner where he discussed Governor
O’Malley’s One Maryland Message and BRAC initiatives.
June 12, 2008: Director of Communications attended Maryland
Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation where Governor O’Malley
received “Sportsmen’s Best Friend of the Year” award. He
discussed what MHEC’s mission is and how it serves the higher
education community with various legislators and their friends
June 13, 2008: Secretary Lyons was guest on Bowie State
University’s President’s Update with President Mickey Burnim.
Secretary Lyons discussed important MHEC initiatives and the
role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
June 14-15, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Millennium
Leadership Initiative Conference where he gave a speech at the
Inaugural Marie McDemmond Lecture. Dr. McDemmond was the first
woman to serve as the chief executive officer of a four-year
state-supported university in Virginia.
June 16, 2008: Secretary Lyons was opening speaker at the first
MHEC Student Loan Forum in which a series of expert panelists
discussed the current state of the student loan and financial
June 16, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Millennium
Leadership Initiative Reception and Dinner.
June 17, 2008: Secretary Lyons and Communications Director
traveled to Chestertown, MD for Capital for a Day. The itinerary
for the day included Governor O’Malley’s cabinet meeting at
Chesapeake College; a meet and greet with Washington College
President Baird Tipson; a lunch with Cecil College president
Steven Pannill and two of the College’s Board of Trustee
members; a visit to Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for
the Study of the American Experience with State Archivist Dr.
Edward C. Papenfuse and Washington College students; a visit to
Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society with its
director and students. The day ended at Chesapeake College where
Secretary Lyons met with President Stuart Bounds, deans and
several members of the school’s board of trustees. Secretary
Lyons also toured the regional higher education center located
on Chesapeake College’s campus.
June 17, 2008: OSFA Staff attended a webinar presented by the
U.S. Department of Education regarding recent legislation passed
to reduced/assist with college costs.
June 18, 2008: Staff attended the full MHEC meeting with
commissioners and presented numerous proposals for approval. All
received unanimous approval from the commissioners.
June 20, 2008: The Community College Supplemental Retirement
Workgroup met to discuss issues relating to the oversight and
administration of the Supplemental Retirement Program, as well
as what entity should be considered the employing institution
for the Program.
June 23, 2008: Finance Policy Assistant Secretary and staff met
with the financial aid directors of the independent institutions
to discuss student loan issues and State financial aid programs.
June 23, 2008: Secretary Lyons and Planning and Academic Affairs
staff met with Maryland Digital Library representatives.
June 25, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Governor’s Workforce
Investment Board quarterly meeting. Secretary Lyons is a member
June 26-27, 2008: Finance Policy Assistant Secretary
participated in the Nurse Education Capacity Summit in Crystal
City, VA. This event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of
Labor, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the American
Association of Retired Persons (AARP). It brought together
individuals from 18 states to discuss and exchange information
on nursing initiatives and provided time for state teams to
discuss initiatives to implement in their respective states to
address the nursing shortage.
June 27: The Second Maryland-Anhui Presidents’ Forum on Higher
Education was kicked off by Secretary Lyons, his Anhui
counterpart, Mr. Zhang Rongguo, First Deputy Director General
Anhui Provincial Education Department, and acting-Secretary of
State Dennis Schnepfe. Both Secretary Lyons and Secretary
Schnepfe brought greetings from Governor Martin O’Malley and Lt.
Governor Anthony Brown, saying the administration was strongly
supportive of the mission and vision of the forum held at UMBI
in Baltimore City.
Private Career Schools
• One new program was approved in Infant and Toddler Education
(Montessori Studies) and one in make up artistry.
• One cease and desist letter was issued to an illegally
operating training provider.
• Hosted a Veterans Affairs-State Approval Agency (VA-SAA)
Certifying Official workshop on June 16 for eligible private
career school officials (training veterans under the GI Bill).
• Performed eight school visits, four of which were SAA
Supervisory Visits for Veterans Affairs.
• Held the Secretary’s Advisory Council Meeting to review new
school applications and changes of ownership on behalf of the
Secretary of Higher Education.
• Met with a training provider to discuss compliance with state
• Continued project to update technology used to store closed
• Concluded plans for annual report data collection.
• Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary Education:
Responded to 40 requests for records from closed schools.
Workforce Development / WIA
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
represented MHEC at six workforce committee meetings.
• Mr. Kendall, acting as MHEC Workforce Development staff
support for the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for
Funding Higher Education, attended four meetings.
• Mr. Kendall represented MHEC at the GWIB “Raising the Bar”
Conference on June 17.
• On June 20, Mr. Kendall participated in the first of many
meetings over the next year as a member of the NGA Policy
Academy on State Sector Strategies (Innovative Workforce
Policies to Address Worker and Employer Needs).
• Mr. Kendall performed multiple reviews for MSDE Career and
Technical Education supplemental funding as well as annual
reporting analysis on Frederick County.
• David Jorgenson, Education Analyst, currently reviewing all
Community College continuing education courses for regulatory
FTE eligibility – fiscal close-out by June 30 with data entry
accomplished by Alice Legum.
Mr. Jorgenson continues to work with MHEC IT staff to develop a
viable process for continuing education course applications to
be available online, and to make the MHEC inventory of
continuing education courses publicly viewable online.
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 325,000 college students in Maryland, for
the State and its needs, and for business and industry in