July 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: July 1, 2009
Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
June 2009 MHEC Report to Governor O'Malley
June 1-30: Director of Finance Policy processed forms
for FY 2011 payment of Sellinger funds to Independent
Colleges and Universities.
June 1-30: Director of Finance Policy processed forms and
payments for first installment of Cade formula funds to
June 1-30, 2009: Management Associate sent out 250
congratulatory letters from Governor O’Malley to new
awardees of MHEC’s Delegate Howard P. Rawlings Guaranteed
June 1-30, 2009: Management Associate responded to 27
inquiries sent to the Governor about financial aid
opportunities, problems or concerns related to higher
June 1, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy and
Director of Communications attended the orientation of the
Governor’s Summer Internship Program at the University of
Maryland Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Albin O’Kuhn Library.
This program places interns at various State agencies. Two
interns will work for MHEC. One will work on new media
communications strategies with Director of Communications,
the other will work to help implement major new financial
aid data computer program that will streamline the
extraordinary amount of paper that MHEC sends out to
students, cut down on postage and basically move everything
related to the agency’s Office of Student Financial
Assistance (OSFA) from paper to paperless (on-line).
June 1, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended June
meeting of Maryland Association of Community College
affinity groups (Facility Planning Officers) to discuss
actions pertaining to community college in the 2009 session
and to be trained on the Capital Budget Information System (CBIS)
for the fiscal 2011 budget.
June 2, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended and participated in the Early Intervention Website
Design meeting to discuss the final website branding
requirements; the first meeting with Sidus Group; the
Project Management (e.g., internal review process for
deliverables, feedback, etc); and other considerations.
June 2, 2009: Director of Communications attended Smart,
Green and Growing Partnership/Volunteer Development
subcommittee meeting in Baltimore City to discuss ways to
engage community volunteers such as college students to
spread Governor O’Malley’s Smart, Green and Growing message
at summer events such as festivals, county fairs and
June 4, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended meeting of
Maryland Association of Community College affinity groups
(Business Officers) to discuss actions pertaining to
community college in the 2009 session and to be trained on
the Capital Budget Information System (CBIS) for the fiscal
June 5, 2009: Director of Communications and Governor’s
Summer Intern began establishing a Facebook page for MHEC.
Currently, the Maryland Department of Veteran’s Affairs and
other State agencies are using Facebook as a new way of
communicating their message more effectively to as many
Marylanders as possible – especially young people. The MHEC
Facebook page features Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor
Brown’s official Facebook pages.
June 5, 2009: Director of Finance Policy held preparatory
meeting for determining the cost of construction at Maryland
public colleges and universities in response to Committee
Narrative in the 2009 session. Also continued working with
University System of Maryland to determine some preliminary
June 8, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended and participated in MHEC Website Branding and
Feedback Initial Meeting. Discussions were on the Final
Website Branding requirements and considerations; Website
Examples and Feedback, as well as some websites that were
June 8, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended meeting
for the Board of the College Savings Plans of Maryland where
he went to the Audit and Finance Committee to meet with the
auditors regarding the upcoming audit and to discuss
risk-free options to add to the College Investment Plan.
June 9-11, 2009: Secretary Lyons, MHEC Commissioner Dr.
Joann Boughman, MHEC’s Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Sue
Blanshan, and MHEC’s Director of Research, Dr. Danette
Howard attended the Lumina Foundation’s Making Opportunity
Affordable Summit in Denver, Colorado. They joined teams
from the other 10 states that are competing with Maryland as
awardees for the planning year of this project. Out time was
spent preparing for the next stage’s competition for
approximately $2M for a four year period to advance Maryland
to first place in the country in the number of college
degree holders by 2025.
June 9, 2009: Director of Communications and Governor’s
Summer Intern attended a Maryland Greener Economy Jobs
Deliverables meeting chaired by DLLR Assistant Secretary
Andy Moser. Communications Director provided information on
The Construction and Energy Technologies Education
Consortium of the Maryland Community Colleges (CETEC). The
CETEC addresses the training and workforce recruitment needs
of Maryland businesses through the collaborative efforts of
Maryland’s community colleges.
June 10, 2009: Attended and participated in the biweekly
update meeting with Goldbridge Partners, Inc. (GBPI) to
discuss: news, progress & schedule, previous meeting follow
up, user acceptance testing questions and answers, payments,
Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) reporting, System
Development Life Cycle (SDLC) documents, planned visits or
other events that require coordination, and other topics as
June 11, 2009: Director of Finance Policy made site visit to
St. Mary’s College of Maryland to discuss operating and
capital budget issues and the current status of St. Mary’s
College and Historic St. Mary’s City.
June 11, 2009: Director of Communications attended Smart,
Green and Growing communications and marketing meeting.
Among the issues addressed were getting more businesses and
institutions involved in Maryland Green Registry program in
which they will receive a window decal for agreeing to
become a “green business.” Also, various members of the
committee volunteered to serve at various community events
across the State to spread the Smart, Green and Growing
June 15, 2009: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council met. Issues
discussed included the Governor’s interest in the State
creating a K-20 Longitudinal Data System; MHEC enrollment
projections and an update on MHEC’s Lumina Grant
June 16, 2009: Attended the University System of Maryland’s
(USM) Board of Regents Finance Committee Meeting where the
Regents discussed a financial aid study, FY 2011 Capital
Budget Request, and other items.
June 17, 2009: MHEC’s full commission met. Items included
discussion of the 2009 Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary
Education and a subsequent unanimous vote to accept the
Plan. Also, MHEC’s Education Policy Committee presented
enrollment projections for Maryland Public Colleges and
Universities, retention and graduation rates at Maryland
Four-Year Institutions and retention, graduation and
transfer rates at Maryland’s community colleges. MHEC’s
Finance Policy Committee presented guideline revisions for
State financial aid programs, FY 2011 Operating Budget
Priorities, FY 2011 community colleges capital budget
priorities, FY 2011 capital budget priorities for public
four-year colleges and universities, FY 2010 Higher
Education Budget Summary, FY 2011 community college
construction grant program State and local cost sharing
formula, report on the Private Donation Incentive Grant
Program, FY 2010 Educational Excellence Award, College
Access Challenge Grant Awards, and Nurse Support Program II
Competitive Institutional Grant Awards.
June 17, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Governor’s
Workforce Investment Board meeting.
June 18, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Lt. Governor Brown met
with representatives from Washington Bible College
College/Capital Bible Seminary. The College wants to expand
its mission and add more programs which will, if
implemented, have to be approved by MHEC.
June 19, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in Governor
O’Malley’s Capital for a Day initiative in Calvert County.
He visited the Prince Frederick campus of the College of
Southern Maryland where he met with CSM President Brad
Gottfried, Senator Roy Dyson, acting dean of the Prince
Frederick campus Irvin Clark and members of the college’s
board of trustees. After that, Secretary Lyons visited and
toured the University of Maryland Center for Environmental
Science’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons with
Executive Director Margaret Palmer and other staff members
before attending and participating in the Governor’s cabinet
meeting at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St.
June 21, 2009: Secretary Lyons received the Richard Allen
Man of the Year Award from Bethel African American Methodist
Episcopal Church. Bethel AME, located in Baltimore City, is
a prominent church in the State.
June 21-23, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Southern
Regional Education Board’s (SREB) annual meeting. SREB was
created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to
help leaders in education and government work cooperatively
to advance education and improve the social and economic
life of the region. SREB has 16 member states: Alabama,
Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
June 22, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended and participated in the “WHO WILL CARE?” meeting.
Stakeholders including the Maryland Hospital Association,
health care leaders, and academic leaders, established Who
Will Care? with the goal of doubling the number of Maryland
students obtaining their first nursing degree. The campaign
plans to raise money from public and private sources to
underwrite the cost of enrolling an additional 1,500
students per year in nursing programs.
Contributions to this effort will support the recruitment
and retention of qualified nurse faculty, availability of
clinical nursing instruction sites, implementation of
educational technologies, and the development of nursing
student retention programs. Who Will Care? will allocate
grants to Maryland nursing programs on a rolling basis
beginning in June 2009.
June 23, 2009: Director of Finance Policy held first meeting
of Workgroup to Study the University System of Maryland
Hagerstown regional higher education center. Items discussed
included the Governance, Business Plan and budget of USMH as
well as an overview of the six centers outside the
University System of Maryland.
June 25, 2009: Secretary Lyons, along with University System
of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, State Schools
Superintendent Dr. Nancy Grasmick, and Dr. Carl Roberts,
Executive Director of the Public School Superintendents’
Association of Maryland, testified in a briefing before the
State Senate Budget and Taxation Committee on the progress
of implementing an Educational Longitudinal Data System to
track student progress from K-12 grades through college.
June 25, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended full
meeting for the Board of the College Savings Plans of
Maryland to discuss Marketing Plan and Budget, investment
manager presentations and other items.
June 29, 2009: Secretary Lyons and other MHEC staff members
attended the Global Education Competitiveness Summit on
behalf of Governor O’Malley at the National Press Club in
June 29-30, 2009: Drs. Blanshan and Tom Tynan and Brian
Gibbons of MHEC’s academic affairs staff conducted a Stage
Two Application for approval as a new Maryland
degree-granting institution by Medix-South in Landover,
Maryland. If approved it will be renamed to Medix College
and will offer associate degrees in biotechnology and dental
June 29, 2009: MHEC’s Outreach Committee met. Discussion
centered around two “new media” sites that MHEC’s Director
of Communications and GEAR-UP/CPIP Coordinator are both
working on to extend outreach to middle school and high
school students via a youth-friendly link on MHEC’s general
website via MySpace. Facebook will also attempt to reach out
to college-age students, their parents, veterans and others
who use Facebook. An update was also presented on the update
of the College 411 Student Guide to Higher Education and
Financial Aid in Maryland – MHEC’s most significant
publication as well as other outreach activities MHEC staff
is participating in.
June 30, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in a College
Success Task Force Meeting held at MHEC.
Private Career Schools
Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
and PCS Education Analyst, met with:
• one private career school applicant (Baltimore Allied
Health Training Center, 6/25);
• two private career schools about changes of ownership
(Madison, 6/15; Camelot, 6/18);
• one school on-site (Baltimore School of Massage, 6/26).
Mr. Kendall, as the staff member responsible for Solicitor’s
Permits, reviewed and submitted to Assistant Secretary for
Planning and Academic Affairs Dr. George Reid two
Solicitor’s Permits for renewal.
On June 15th, Mr. Kendall supplied MHEC scholarship/grant
staff with listings of private career schools that are
eligible to participate in the Jack F. Tolbert Memorial
Grant for FY2010.
Community College Continuing Education
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce
Development, with data entry by Administrative Assistant
Alice Legum, processed 1,470 continuing education course
applications for FTE funding.
• On 6/4, Mr. Kendall distributed the MHEC CC-2 and CC-3
Reporting materials/instructions and requirements to all 16
• Mr. Kendall, attended two meetings with community colleges
concerning continuing education:
o 6/8: professional development for continuing education
staff members and the upcoming electronic CC10 application
o 6/23: to review proposed revisions to the continuing
• ONGOING: Mr. Kendall, in conjunction with MHEC IT staff,
continues to develop a process for continuing education
course applications for FTE funding to be available online.
The practice CC10 Word form continues to be tested.
Ultimately, this online process will allow the MHEC
inventory of continuing education courses to be publicly
viewable online. Target implementation date October 1, 2009,
with testing throughout FY2010.
• ONGOING: The continuing education manual is being updated
as the above process evolves with preliminary chapter ready
to distribution by August 1st. It will be put online when
the electronic online application process is complete.
Target implementation date: October 1, 2009, with testing
Workforce Development / WIA
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce
Development, attended five (5) workforce related
o 6/16: pre-apprenticeship meeting between GWIB, DLLR and
o 6/17: GWIB Board meeting;
o 6/18: GWIB Interagency Workgroup meeting;
o 6/23-24: NGA/GWIB Sector Strategies workshop;
o 6/25: GWIB/LWIB Sector Strategies information and training
• On 6/22, Dean Kendall and Les Bennett met with Michael
Rubenstein from DLS regarding the review of the Board of
Cosmetologists/Board of Barbering sunset evaluation.
• Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary
Alice Legum, under Dean Kendall’s signature, responded to 19
requests for transcripts from closed schools and 7 education
• Academic Common Market:
Alice Legum responded to 53 calls concerning Academic Common
Office of Grants
June 1 – 20, 2009 – Revised Title IIA Improving Teacher
Quality Request for Applications
June 3, 2009 - Attended the Health Services Cost Review
Commission meeting to update the Commissioners on the
three-year results of NSP II
June 12, 2009 - Attended the Schools of Nursing Deans and
Directors meeting to discuss nursing scholarships and update
them on NSP II
June 15, 2009 – Collected Improving Teacher Quality interim
reports from all 6 FY 2009 sub-grantees
June 23, 2009 – Released FY 2010 (Phase 9 funding cycle) of
the Title IIA Improving Teacher Quality Grant Request for
June 23-24, 2009 – Attended US Dept. of Education Title IIA
Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) site visits conducted with
program directors throughout June:
• 6/1 – Wor-Wic Community College
• 6/9 – Dimensions Health System/Columbia Union College
• 6/16 – Shady Grove Adventist Hospital
• 6/23 – Salisbury University
• 6/24 – University of Maryland, Baltimore
• 6/26 – College of Notre Dame of Maryland
• 6/30 – Community College of Baltimore County
Improving Teacher Quality site visits conducted with program
directors throughout June:
• 6/11 – Baltimore City School Board for project Literacy
• 6/18 – Johns Hopkins University for project Mathematics
and Science Teacher Leaders Institute
• 6/25 – Salisbury University for project Eastern Shore
Partnership for Real World IT in Science Visualization
• 6/26 – Salisbury University for project Transitioning from
Elementary to Middle School Mathematics
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
MHEC’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) staff
participated in four outreach activities in Prince George’s
County and Baltimore City during June.
June 1-6, 2009: OSFA staff hosted the 2009 Distinguished
Scholar Talent in the Arts Competition at Howard Community
College. Approximately 1,000 students competed for 300
scholarships in the areas of dance, drama, visual arts,
instrumental music and vocal music during the week.
The Director of OSFA participated in a U.S. Department of
Education Forum addressing simplification of the Federal
Financial Aid Application Process. Participants included
institutional aid personnel from all sectors, lenders and
State and Federal Officials. Discussions centered on form
revisions and changes to the formula currently used to
determine family contribution and need. The discussions also
addressed partnerships between the Department, institutions,
and community groups to improve early intervention and
The Associate Director of OSFA attended the DE-DC-MD
(Delaware-DC-Maryland) Association of Financial Aid
Administrators Executive Board meeting to discuss training
events for member financial aid professionals and establish
goals for the upcoming year.
June 10, 2009: BRAC Research Analyst attended the Fort Meade
Relocation Fair to disperse materials and literature on
Maryland’s higher education institutions and programs to
potentially migrating BRAC personnel.
June 10: BRAC Research Analyst presented and served on a
discussion panel about the initiatives taken by MHEC to
accommodate relocating BRAC personnel at the Fort Meade
June 2: BRAC Research Analyst drafted a memo outlining the
Higher Education Summit to the Executive Director of the
June 3: BRAC Research Analyst had continuing discussion with
DLLR on available BRAC data.
June 4: BRAC Research Analyst drafted a memo to MHEC
Director of Communications providing background information
on Maryland’s ROTC programs to Governor O’Malley in
preparation for an event at the University of Maryland,
June 10: BRAC Research Analyst and MHEC Outreach
Administrator attended the Fort Meade Relocation Fair.
June 10: MHEC’s Director of Communications and Management
Associate updated MHEC’s BRAC link on its website.
June 11: MHEC Director of Communications released an
announcement highlighting major initiatives by the agency
including BRAC initiatives.
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 337,000 college students in Maryland,
for the State and its needs, and for business and industry