March 2010 Press
release: March 11, 2010 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC's February 2010 Governor's Report
February 1, 2010: Secretary Lyons testified on the Higher Education Overview and
MHEC before the House Education and Economic Development Subcommittee. He was
joined by University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan,
Tina M. Bjarekull, President of the Maryland Association of Independent College
and University Association(MICUA) , Morgan State University President Earl
Richardson, Maryland Association of Counties Executive Director Clay Whitlow,
Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS)
representative Donald McMullen (campus president, Fortis College) and a
representative from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
February 2, 2010: Secretary Lyons attended Governor O’Malley’s State of the
State address and subsequent governor’s reception.
February 3, 2010: Secretary Lyons, Chief of Staff, Assistant Director of Grants
and officials with DBM and the DBED met with Governor's Policy Fellows for
2009-2011. Due to budget constraints, the program has temporarily been
February 4, 2010: Secretary Lyons and Education Policy Analyst participated in
College Success Task Force Conference Call with members of the Maryland State
Department of Education.
February 11, 2010: Secretary Lyons provided a higher education briefing before
the House Ways and Means Education Subcommittee.
February 16, 2010: Secretary Lyons testified on behalf of House Bill 470 (the
Higher Education Investment Fund) before the House Appropriations Committee.
February 16, 2010: Secretary Lyons held exit interview with members of the
Office of Legislative Audits.
February 17, 2010: Director of Communications attended monthly meeting of Smart,
Green and Growing and Smart Growth Sub-cabinet participants chaired by David
February 17, 18, 19, 22, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended USM Overview
and USM Office Budget hearings in Senate Budget and Taxation Subcommittee on
Health, Education and Human Resources and House Appropriations subcommittee on
Education and Economic Development.
February 18, 2010: Secretary Lyons attended the Maryland Highway Safety
Foundation Board of Directors press Conference and reception.
February 19, 2010: Secretary Lyons testified on behalf the Higher Education
Investment Fund bill, an administration bill before the Senate Budget and
February 19, 2010: Director of Communications attended monthly meeting of Green
February 22, 2010: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council met. The Council is made up
of representatives from the University System of Maryland (USM); the Maryland
Independent College and University Association (MICUA); the Maryland Association
of Community Colleges (MACC), Morgan State University; St. Mary’s College of
Maryland and the Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools (MAPCCS).
Items discussed were MHEC’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Higher
Education Commission and the Taiwan Ministry of Education that will promote
Taiwanese studies in Maryland and Taiwan. Also discussed was the Complete
College Alliance of the States (America) which seeks to make college more
affordable as well as a legislative update.
February 23, 2010: Secretary Lyons conducted a radio interview with Forest of
the Rain, an online radio program. Secretary Lyons discussed higher education in
the State and Governor O’Malley’s strong commitment to the State’s two-and
four-year public and independent colleges and universities.
February 23, 2010: Held College Savings Plans February Board meeting at MHEC
February 23, 2010: Director of Finance Policy met with Office of Legislative
Audits in Exit Conference for 2010 Audit.
February 24, 2010: MHEC held its full commission meeting. Items included a
report from the president of the Student Faculty Advisory Council; election of
Dr. Joann Boughman as new MHEC vice-chair to replace retiring Dr. Donald
Slowinski, Sr.; a legislative update, program approval workgroup and discussion
of the Complete College American Alliance of the States program.
February 25, 2010: Secretary Lyons met with the Legislative Black Caucus to
discuss higher education issues of importance to the caucus.
February 26, 2010: The Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council met at MHEC. Many
issues were discussed including discussion of Race to the Top by Dr. Grasmick;
Race to the Top Legislation Overview by John Ratliff; updated from Common Core
and College Success Task Force by Secretary Lyons and Dr. Grasmick; an overview
of Governor O’Malley’s CyberMaryland initiative by DBED Secretary Christian S.
Johansson; a Cyber Security Panel Presentation and Discussion of Workforce and
Educational Pipeline issues featuring Rosemary Budd (Principal, CMD Business
Development Team, Booz Allen Hamilton), Brian Darmody (USM Special Assistant
Vice Chancellor for Technology Development) and Kirkland Murray (President and
CEO of Anne Arundel County’s Corporation Workforce). Alexander Sanchez
(Secretary of DLLR) provided an overview of the Governor’s Skills2Compete
Initiative; A STEM Update from June Streckfus, Executive Director of the
Maryland Business Roundtable for Education and an update on Lumina Making
Opportunity Affordable Initiative Update presented by Dr. Nancy Shapiro, USM’s
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
February 26, 2010: Director of Communications talked with legislators in support
of the Higher Education Investment Fund bill (HB 470, crossfile SB 283).
February 26, 2010: Director of Finance Policy attended Aid to Community Colleges
and Scholarship Programs budget hearing in Senate Budget and Taxation
subcommittee on Health, Education and Human Resources.
Career and Workforce Development
February 1: MHEC private career school staff met with a new school applicant to
provide guidance on bringing his application into compliance.
February 2: MHEC staff met with Senator Harrington and a representative from the
Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools to discuss the
MAPCCS proposed legislation to limit private career school financial guarantees.
February 3: The Associate Director of Workforce Development represented MHEC on
a Career and Technical Education conference call regarding Perkins IV monitoring
of secondary school systems and community colleges.
February 3: MHEC staff attended the GDU education policy and data collection
February 18: The Associate Director of Workforce Development represented MHEC at
the GWIB Interagency Workgroup Committee meeting to discuss
February 23: MHEC staff met with staff from DHMH Residential Child and Youth
Care regarding implementation and compliance with new training regulations.
February 25: MHEC staff completed its Skills2Compete-Maryland Plan and submitted
it to the GWIB.
Throughout the month of February:
• 13 State Solicitor Permits were reviewed, processed, and issued.
• 43 community college continuing education course applications for FTE funding
were reviewed and processed.
• 18 requests for transcripts from closed schools and 6 education verification
requests were processed.
• 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 July 1,
• 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 updated data for the
Transportation & Warehousing industry sector was completed February 1st.
Office of Grants
February 1: Testified at the House and Senate budget subcommittee hearings
concerning Nursing Support Program II (NSP II)
Feb. 1-15: Reviewed 34 applications for the National STEM Security Initiative (NSSI)
project coordinator position
February 2: NSP II site visit to program at Carroll Community College
February 2: Released the College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) FY 2011
Request for Applications (RFA). CPIP state funds support college partnership
activities (local education agencies, institutions of higher education, and
other community organizations and businesses) and serve as the required State
match fund for the Maryland federally funded GEAR UP--Focus on Math, the state’s
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
February 3: Met with the current Governor Policy Fellows to discuss potential
employment sites for the second rotation of the internship, issues related to
their first rotation and their fellowship experiences in general.
February 4: NSP II site visit to two programs at the Johns Hopkins University
February 8: Participated in a conference call with representatives from the
Maryland State Department of Education to plan for the upcoming federal
monitoring visit for the Title IIA Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program
Feb. 8 – 26: Prepared for a CPIP technical assistance meeting to be held on
March 4 on Howard Community College’s Gateway Campus.
February 16: NSP II site visit to two programs at University of Maryland,
Feb. 16–19: Reviewed CPIP interim and final reports and provided feedback to
February 17: NSP II site visit to two programs at Hagerstown Community College
February 17: Conducted a conference call to update Holly Clarke, the federal
grants manager for the MHEC NSSI grant project on grant activities
February 18: Conducted nine telephone interviews for the NSSI project
February 19: Attended the Governor’s Grants Office Team Meeting
February 22: NSP II site visit to program at Montgomery College
February 23: NSP II site visit to two programs at Harford Community College
February 23: CPIP project site visit for Prince George’s Community College
February 24: ITQ project site visit for the University of Maryland, College Park
program – Enhancing Language Competency for Spanish and French Middle and High
February 25: CPIP project site visit for Bowie State University
February 26: CPIP project site visit for University of Maryland, College Park
Items ongoing throughout the month of February:
• Processed Spring 2010 GEAR UP Scholarship applications
• Assured Spring 2010 payment of existing Spring 2010 awards in light of new
state scholarship system
• Began compiling list of part-time students that may be eligible for a
2010-2011 GEAR UP Scholarship award
• Conducted 7 site visits for the MD College Access Challenge Grant Program in
Baltimore City and Prince George's County. This program provides college and
career preparation with a focus on STEM activities.
• Reviewed 5 College Access Challenge Grant Reports.
• Prepared for and presented State financial aid information at College Goal
Sunday in Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex that was sponsored
by University of Maryland College Park.
• Participated in agency legislative bill review meetings to identify issues,
develop testimony and prepare for hearings on bills related to higher education
and P-20 issues.
• Reviewed and edited legislative testimony and fiscal notes related to grants,
financial aid programs and outreach
• Reviewed President Obama’s FY 2011 budget proposal related to federal
education grant programs and followed hearing activities for the reauthorization
of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA – formerly known as NCLB) to
assess its potential impact on MHEC P-20 and related grant programs.
Office of Student Financial Assistance
OSFA staff represented MHEC at four financial aid outreach activities in
Baltimore and Prince George’s County.
The student portal for the new financial aid processing system (MDCAPS) went
live February 26, 2010.
OSFA has received more than 92,000 FAFSA for the 2010-2011 award year.
OSFA completed the awarding of 323 applicants in the Janet L. Hoffman Loan
Assistance Repayment program (LARP). The fields for which awards were made
included Law, Nursing, Nurse Faculty, Speech Pathology, Social Work, Teaching,
Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy.
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.