May 2009 Press Release
For immediate release: May 1, 2009
Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
MHEC's April 2009 Report for Governor O'Malley
April 1, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Planning and
Academic Affairs observed the Middles States self study
visitation process as it unfolded at Goucher College.
April 1-13, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Assistant Secretary of
Finance Policy, Director of Legislative Affairs, Assistant
Secretary for Finance Policy, Director of Communications and
Management Associate worked in the closing days of the 2009
General Assembly Session through Sine Die to make sure
MHEC’s departmental bills and administration bills important
to the agency (such as renewal of the Higher Education
Investment Fund) got out of committees and onto the Senate
and/or House floor for final passage to be signed by
April 1-April 30, 2009: Management Associate processed 27
responses to letters of concern sent to Governor O’Malley
that were assigned to MHEC.
April 2, 2009: Secretary Lyons held a meeting with senior
staff to discuss how to implement Congressman
Ruppersberger’s STEM initiative.
April 6, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Grants director met with
Maryland State Department of Education Superintendent Nancy
Grasmick to discuss their role serving as co-chairs of a
committee to better align high school students’ performance
with that of students in college. Secretary Lyons and
Superintendent Grasmick were appointed to the alignment
committee by Governor O’Malley. This issue has drawn
significant attention nationwide as the State specifically
and the United States achieves to remain competitive in the
April 6, 2009: The editorial committee for the 2009 Maryland
State Plan for Postsecondary Education met for several hours
at MHEC. The State Plan will serve as a blueprint for higher
education in Maryland for the next four years and is
legislatively mandated to be completed by MHEC.
April 7, 2009: MHEC’s Outreach Committee met to discuss how
its 2009 Strategic Plan for producing outreach materials
including financial aid brochures and booklets, how to
choose colleges in Maryland, and the importance of a college
education to middle through high school-aged children. The
Outreach Committee works together to provide input on MHEC’s
publications such as its annual student calendar (which will
go strictly online this year to cut down on costs), the
College 411: Student Guide to Higher Education and Financial
Aid in Maryland, brochures and pamphlets that are given out
at college fairs and BRAC presentations. The development of
a micro-site that is intended to cater to younger audiences
than MHEC’s main website usually caters to, thus broadening
the agency’s outreach efforts to middle and high school
students, was also discussed.
April 8, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in the American
Council on Education (ACE) Commission on International
Initiatives. The Commission on International Initiatives
advises ACE on its initiatives in international and global
education and on its contacts with other countries.
April 8, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
testified on House Bill 948 – Higher Education – Part Time
Grant Program – Eligibility.
April 8, 2009: Communications Director attended Green
Economy Working Group to hear presentations from DLLR’s Andy
Moser, Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development, Sean
McGuire, DNR’s Director of Sustainability Policies and
Michael Steven, Project Director, Mid-Atlantic Regional
Collaborative about how to best implement bringing green
jobs to Maryland.
April 9, 2009: Assistant Secretary of Finance Policy met
with representatives from the Maryland Association of
Resources for Families and Youth (MARFY) to offer assistance
on how MHEC can help low-income students prepare for
April 14, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with Frank L. Mathews,
publisher of Diverse Issues in Higher Education, a
prestigious news organization that covers higher education.
April 18, 2009: Secretary Lyons delivered keynote address at
the American Association of University Professors’
conference. He talked about current higher educational
trends and how Governor O’Malley is the best governor he has
worked with in his career when it comes to issues of higher
April 18, 2009: Director of Academic Affairs and Student
Advisory Council Advisor, Dr. Sue Blanshan, met with the
MHEC Student Advisory Council at St. Mary’s College of
Maryland. The students discussed their nominations for next
year’s Student Commissioner and their work on the new State
April 20, 2009: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council met. Items
discussed included a report on the 2009 General Assembly
Session with an emphasis on bills that passed that affect
higher education. The U.S. Department of Justice’s
Anti-Trust Division briefed the segments on efforts they
have taken to cut down on the skyrocketing cost of college
April 20, 2009: Revised regulations for Out-of-State
postsecondary institutions operating in Maryland (COMAR
13B.02.01) went into effect.
April 21, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Governor’s
Subcabinet on BRAC. He is a member of this sub-cabinet.
April 21, 2009: Director of Communications represented
Governor O’Malley and Secretary Lyons at an exhibition game
between the College of Southern Maryland and the minor
league baseball team the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.
Before the game, communications director told the crowd how
Governor O’Malley puts families first and that higher
education is one of his strongest priorities.
April 22, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Assistant Secretary Reid
and Director Blanshan attended the Science Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM) Symposium sponsored by the
University System of Maryland. U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan was the keynote speaker. Improving STEM
education in Maryland is one of Governor O’Malley’s and
Secretary Lyons’ top goals.
April 22, 2009: Director of Communications participated in
second Governor’s Census Outreach Meeting and was assigned
various duties to work within MHEC to promote the Census. He
immediately put together – as assigned – an inter-agency
work group to oversee and direct the implementation of the
State Employee and Constituent Awareness Program (SECAP).
April 23, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Director of Communications
and Director of Finance Policy attended the University of
Maryland’s Board of Regents meeting at Towson University and
subsequent meeting with Governor O’Malley, Towson students,
USM Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Regents Chairman
Clifford Kendall and Towson President Bob Caret. The USM
Regents unanimously approved Governor O’Malley’s tuition
freeze and Governor O’Malley took questions from Towson’s
student leaders immediately after the Regents’ meeting.
April 24, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Director of
Communications attended Governor’s Capital for a Day in
Westminster, MD. Visits were made to Carroll Community
College and McDaniel College and a luncheon meeting was held
with the assistant director of the Dental Assistance
Training Schools (DATS) – a private career school in
Maryland and Virginia. At Carroll Community College,
Secretary Lyons met with President Dr. Faye Pappalardo, vice
presidents, board of trustees members and student leaders.
At McDaniel, he met with the schools Provost/Dean of the
Faculty, Vice President of Finance and Administration and
Board of Directors chair Martin K.P. Hill where they
discussed various initiatives McDaniel has achieved over the
years. John Ratliff, Governor O’Malley’s Director of Policy,
joined the group at the meeting. Secretary Lyons also
participated in Governor O’Malley’s cabinet meeting at
April 24, 2009: Director of Academic Affairs met with the
chief academic officers of two and four year institutions in
the morning and with the chief academic officers of
community colleges in the afternoon. The meetings were held
at Harford Community College. Discussion topics included
updates on the Associate of Science in Engineering and the
State Plan. Additionally, information was presented on the
Maryland Consortium for Adjunct Professional Development.
April 28, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Defense
Information Systems Agency (DISA) headquarters construction
orientation site tour. MHEC has developed a strong
relationship with DISA because of the BRAC realignment set
to come to Maryland in 2011.
April 28, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the 2009 Career
Technology Education Awards ceremony in Baltimore City.
April 29, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the Maryland
Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting at the invitation of
June Streckfus, Executive Director of the Maryland Business
Roundtable for Education (MBRT) and incoming Maryland
Chamber Chairman A. Joseph Slater, Jr. Mr. Slater is a
College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees member.
April 30, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended Stevenson
University’s Celebrating Business and Leadership ceremony.
The guest speaker was Forbes magazine publisher Steve Forbes
and Lt. Governor Brown also gave remarks.
April 30, 2009: Director of Communications joined many of
his colleagues in various State agencies at a Smart, Green
and Growing meeting with Rick Abbruzzese in the Governor’s
Private Career Schools:
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
and PCS Education Analyst, performed three school site
visits (DATS Germantown, 4/7; Medix School-West, 4/7; and
Aesthetics Institute-Lakeforest Mall, 4/8).
• Two new school approvals (DATS-Germantown, Aesthetics
• Two new program approvals (Omega Studios: Audio
Engineering for Film and Television – 622 Clock Hours, 4/3;
and Medix School-West: Aesthetics Skincare - 600 clock
• Attended one training session for VA Certifying
Officials/State Approving Agents (4/28).
Community College Continuing Education:
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce
Development, with data entry by Administrative Assistant
Alice Legum, processed 394 continuing education course
applications for FTE funding.
• Mr. Kendall, along with IT staff Robyn Brayton, attended
the 4/30 meeting of the MCCACET to provide updates on the
electronic CC10 process and CC manual, and to field general
questions from the community college Deans and
• 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.
• ONGOING: The continuing education manual is being updated
as the above process evolves. It will be put online when the
electronic online application process is complete. Target
implementation date: October 1, 2009.
Workforce Development / WIA:
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
and acting as 2009 State Plan for Higher Education Goal 5
Facilitator, attended one meeting on the draft State Plan
• Attended three CTE related meetings, one for the
Governor’s CTE Task Force (4/20), and two Perkins IV
Monitoring visits (Anne Arundel Community College and Anne
Arundel Public Schools, 4/15; Harford Community College and
Harford County Public Schools, 4/27).
• Acted as emcee for the MSDE CTE Awards of Excellence
• Participated in one GWIB Interagency Workgroup Committee
• Attended one DHCD (4/3) meeting regarding weatherization.
Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary
• Alice Legum, under Dean Kendall’s signature, responded to
15 requests for transcripts from closed schools and 4
education verification request
Academic Common Market:
Alice Legum responded to 59 calls concerning Academic Common
Office of Grants:
April 2: Governor’s Summer Internship Program Meeting
April 6: Met with Dr. Lyons and Dr. Grasmick to discuss
membership of the P-20 College Success committee.
April 7: Maryland College Access Challenge Grant Program (MCACGP)
April 8: Conducted MCACGP State Steering Committee meeting
April 9: Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) site visit at
Hagerstown Community College
April 17: Convened selection panel to interview 10
applicants for the Governor's
April 20-22: Two staff members attended the National Grants
Conference in Rockville, MD
April 23: 1) Conducted NSP II Competitive Institutional
Meeting; and 2) released the Early Intervention Website Task
Order Request for Proposals (TORFP)
April 25: Attended the University of Maryland Baltimore
County Improving Teacher Quality (ITQ) Share Our Success
Conference for the Teacher Quality Biology and Teacher
Quality Chemistry ITQ projects
April 27: NSP II site visits with Anne Arundel Community
College and the College of Southern Maryland
April 27: Attended a CPIP funded play, The Arithmetic
Insurrection at Towson University – a play about math and
science geared toward a high school audience.
April 28: MCACGP site visit to Charles Carroll Middle School
for a program by the University of Maryland College Park,
Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban
April 29: 1) FY 2010 College Preparation and Intervention (CPIP)
applications received; and 2) Participated in Carrollton
Middle School Annual Career Day
April 30: 1) NSP II site visit at University of Maryland
School of Nursing; 2) Attended the Statewide GEAR UP
Meeting; and 3) Conference call with Dr. Ray Lorian and Mike
Hickey, Towson University regarding the upcoming Improving
Teacher Quality RFA.
Over the course of the month:
• Reviewed of 28 new NSP II grant proposals
• Drafted the MHEC Early Intervention Website Request for
Conference calls with and reviews of five requests from
grantees to revise ITQ Coppin State University, University
of Maryland Baltimore and University of Maryland College
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA):
Financial aid outreach activities included 21 College Fairs
and financial aid presentations by OSFA staff. Activities
were held at high schools, local office of the NAACP, Prince
George’s County Economic Development Corporation and a
Howard County church.
OSFA completed initial awarding of the Howard P. Rawlings
Educational Assistance (EA) Grant and Guaranteed Access (GA)
Grant for FY 2009-2010. OSFA had received more than 129,000
Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), 20,000
more than was received in the prior award year.
Total amount awarded under the EA Grant was $99,124,200 to
43,851 students and $13,851,400 in GA Grants to 1,503
students. The number of EA awards increased 58% over the
2008-2009 award year. In awarding the EA Grants OSFA reached
a cutoff Effective Family Contribution (EFC) of 5,000 which
was below the targeted EFC of 10,000. The maximum award for
EA remained constant at $3,000 but the GA maximum fell from
$14,300 to $13,700 due to the increase in the maximum
federal PELL grant award from $4,731 in FY 2008-2009 to
$5,350 for FY 2009-2010.
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