November 2008 Press Release
For immediate release: November 1, 2008 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
October 2008 MHEC Report to the Governor
October 1, 2008: Secretary Lyons met with numerous
representatives of Private Career Schools at MHEC to discuss
their mission and future goals. Private Career Schools fall
under MHEC’s authority.
October 2, 2008: Secretary Lyons and several members of
MHEC’s staff met with new Department of Legislative Service
analyst who will be working with the agency on legislative
October 3, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the presidential
inauguration of Dr. Charlene Mickens Dukes (Prince George’s
October 3, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
participated in the Organizational Meeting for the Writing
of the New 2009 State Plan for Postsecondary Education and
held an organizational meeting with the writing group for
Goal Two on Access and Affordability.
October 4-7, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended the 2008 National Association of State Student
Grant and Aid Programs (NASSGAP) Fall Conference in New
Orleans to learn from other states experiences with
administering financial aid programs. This conference
featured a number of sessions relevant to the administration
of State financial aid programs and other policy issues
being discussed in Maryland such as the Higher Education
Reauthorization Act and the new College Access Challenge
Grant. There were also discussions on the FAFSA redesign and
simplification, both of which may impact our State
need-based awarding process.
October 5, 2008: Secretary Lyons delivered remarks at the
Baltimore County NAACP Freedom Fund Awards Banquet, portions
of which featured Governor O’Malley’s One Maryland
commitment to providing African-Americans outstanding
October 7, 2008: Secretary Lyons participated in the
Workforce Creation and Adult Education Transition Council
October 7, 2008: Communications Director delivered remarks
on behalf of Governor O’Malley at the dedication and naming
ceremony of the Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD. Center for
Science and Technology at the College of Southern Maryland’s
La Plata campus. This $1 million endowment is the most ever
in the history of CSM.
October 8, 2008: BRAC coordinator participated in a BRAC
Stat Meeting with other cabinet secretaries. The meeting was
chaired by Lt. Governor Brown.
October 8, 2008: Secretary Lyons, assistant secretaries of
Finance Policy and Academic Affairs, and Communications
Director attended a meeting with Secretary of State John
McDonough to discuss the Governor’s approach to tracking
speeches made by each cabinet secretary and how they are
spreading Governor O’Malley’s One Maryland message of
October 9-10, 2008: Secretary Lyons and Communications
Director participated in Cabinet for a Day activities
including site visits with Frostburg and Allegany College of
Maryland presidents, vice presidents, deans, board of
trustees members and staff; a lunch with the President of
Garrett College; participation in cabinet meeting and
Governor O’Malley’s press conference announcing Cumberland
as Capital for a Day.
October 14, 2008: Secretary Lyons participated in the
Appropriate Shares Workgroup, a sub-committee of the
Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher
October 14, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended the Appropriation Shares Workgroup of the
Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Higher
Education and participated in the drafting of the
October 15, 2008: MHEC’s Education Policy Committee met to
discuss the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board Education
Steering Committee Report, an update on the 2009 State Plan
for Postsecondary Education, an updated report on academic
program approval process, report on higher education
institutions programs reviewed throughout September and
approval of private career school programs. Action items
approved by the Finance Policy Commission will be forwarded
to the full Commission for final approval.
October 15, 2008: MHEC’s grants office received 22 year-end
reports from Health Personnel Shortage Incentive Grants (HPSIG)
recipients detailing the number of graduates in awarded
programs and how grant funds were used to enhance
post-secondary schools’ nursing and allied health programs.
These funds were used to purchase instructional materials
and laboratory supplies and equipment. Grants office also
received 13 applications for the College Preparation
Intervention Program (CPIP).
October 15, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended a dinner honoring
University of Maryland Baltimore County President Dr.
Freeman Hrabowski. The popular president was co-author of
Governor O’Malley’s higher education transition report.
October 16, 2008: MHEC’s Finance Policy Committee met to
discuss 2008 Funding Guideline Peer Re-selection and
adjustments, 2008 Funding Guideline Enrollment Projections,
FY 2010 Consolidated Operating Budget Recommendations and FY
2010 Consolidated Capital Budget Recommendations. Action
items approved by the Finance Policy Commission are
forwarded to the full Commission for review.
October 16, 2008: Secretary Lyons made site visits to Towson
and Morgan State University at the invitation of the Senate
Budget and Taxation Committee.
October 17, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
facilitated the State Plan Goal 2 Writing Group on Access
and Affordability. Began drafting the Goal Two draft
document for review by the group.
October 20, 2008: MHEC’s Segmental Advisory Council made up
of the University System of Maryland (USM), Maryland
Independent College and University Association (MICUA), the
Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), Morgan
State, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Private
Schools of Maryland Association met to discuss the
anticipated 2010 State Budget, FY 2009 budget cuts, the
State Plan for Postsecondary Education, the Family
Investment Program, dual enrollment and textbook costs among
October 20, 2008: Assistant Secretary of Finance Policy
attended the Economic Competitiveness/Workforce Workgroup of
the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding
Higher Education to finalize the workgroup report and
October 20, 2008: MHEC’s grants office held two technical
assistance meetings for the Maryland College Access
Challenge Grant Program (MCACGP). Representatives from local
non-profit organizations including institutions of higher
education, and Baltimore City and Prince George’s county
school systems attended.
October 21, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the 10th
anniversary of the Cisco Networking Academy program in
Maryland, a public-private partnership between Cisco and the
Maryland State Department of Education. This program gives
students a chance to pursue certification in computer
science which leads to good, well-paying workforce jobs. Lt.
Governor Brown attended the event as well. The Baltimore Sun
covered the story which appeared in its October 23 edition
and made mention of Lt. Governor Brown and Secretary Lyons.
October 21, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
represented Secretary Lyons at the Task Force to Review
Physician Shortages in Rural Areas. This task force is
discussing recruitment and retention initiatives to provide
incentives to physicians to work in rural areas of the
October 22, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended Smart Growth
Sub-Cabinet meeting. He is a member of this sub-cabinet.
October 23, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the Mid-Atlantic
Regional Collaboration meeting.
October 23, 2008: MHEC grants office made a presentation on
financial aid to parents of Baltimore County GEAR UP
October 24, 2008: Secretary Lyons attended the inauguration
of Reginald S. Avery, president of Coppin State University.
October 24, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
attended a meeting of the Governor’s Delivery Unit to
discuss Up-Skilling Initiative. Governor O’Malley is
interested in pursuing a new workforce training initiative
to “up-skill” Maryland’s workforce. His goal is to help more
Marylanders compete for the increasing number of middle
skill jobs by expanding access to community colleges and
other approved training programs that prepare workers for
jobs in high-demand industries.
October 24, 2008: Director of Communications represented
MHEC as keynote speaker at the Academic Excellence in Higher
Education Awards ceremony sponsored by the
Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce and the
University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. Outstanding
educators from Frostburg State, Salisbury and Towson
universities, Hagerstown Community College, Kaplan College
and the University of Maryland University College received
awards. Keynote address featured three favorable mentions of
Governor O’Malley’s strong record of support for higher
education in Maryland.
October 27, 2008: Secretary Lyons met with Prince George’s
Community College President Dr. Dukes to discuss Maryland
October 27, 2008: MHEC staffed the Commission to Develop the
Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education. Items discussed
were the Historically Black Institutions’ Study Panel’s
final report, an update on the State Plan for Postsecondary
Education and a presentation of Maryland’s Higher Education
Challenge by Dennis Jones, President of the National Center
for Higher Education Management Systems.
October 27, 2008: MHEC grants office released Request for
Application (RFA) for Nurse Support Program II (NSP II)
Phase 4 projects. NSP II will fund projects designed to
increase the number of nurses in Maryland by aiding schools
of nursing in expanding their capacity and by supplying
scholarships to nursing students.
October 27, 2008: MHEC grants office award seven Title IIA
Improving Teacher Quality Grant projects after receiving 11
proposals. These projects are designed to increase the
number of highly qualified K-12 teachers in core academic
content areas in high need school districts. All projects
were developed collaboratively with a higher education
institution and a high-need school district.
October 28, 2008: MHEC staff members attended the federal
College Access Challenge Grant project directors meeting in
Washington, DC. This program is an interstate cooperative
that works to increase college access, awareness and
attendance by sharing and co-developing resources.
October 28, 2008: Secretary Lyons testified before the Joint
Legislative Committee on BRAC held at the National Security
Agency. He was joined by MHEC’s BRAC coordinator. Secretary
Lyons briefed the committee on what MHEC is doing to ensure
a smooth transition for employees relocating to the State
because of BRAC to transfer credits from New Jersey
postsecondary institutions to Maryland’s institutions and to
inform them that they may be eligible for in-state tuition
at Maryland’s schools. His presentation drew plaudits from
the Committee’s chairs and members.
October 29, 2008: Facilitated the State Plan Goal 2 Writing
Group on Access and Affordability and discussed a working
draft of Goal 2 that will be distributed for public comment.
October 29-30 – MHEC staff member attended the Southern
Regional Educational Board (SREB) Annual Go Alliance Meeting
in Atlanta, GA. Members of Go Alliance develop and share
college marketing materials and ideas about programs that
reach students directly.
October 30, 2008: Several MHEC staff members met to
preparation for first public meeting to discuss State Plan
for Postsecondary which will be held before the full MHEC
Commission meeting on November 19.
October 31, 2008: Secretary Lyons and Assistant Secretary
for Academic Affairs met with MHEC chairman Kevin O’Keefe to
discuss plans for public meeting before full MHEC Commission
October 31, 2008: Communications Director worked with MHEC’s
Veterans Affairs Analyst to provide updated press releases
about the Veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts
scholarship program administered by MHEC and the new Webb-Hagel
G.I. Bill to disseminate at a military veterans job fair in
Ocean City which will include representatives from virtually
all State agencies. MHEC is the State’s approving agency for
the G.I. Bill benefits.
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
During the month of October the staff of OSFA represented
MHEC at 18 financial aid presentations in the following
localities: Largo, Baltimore, Aberdeen, Temple Hills, Fort
Washington, Parkton, Bowie, Forte Meade and Annapolis. The
presentations provided information on federal and state aid
programs and how to apply. The audiences included parents,
students, high-school personnel and representatives from
area colleges. Attendance varied from less than 15 to 200
OSFA completed mailing of billing rosters to institutions
for all centralized aid programs. This is the first step in
obtaining verification from the institutions so that
students can be paid the balance of their aid for the fall
OSFA and MHEC Information Technology staff began to test
prototypes for the new financial aid processing system MD
CAPS. Testing will continue through out the development
stage as more is delivered by the vendor, Gold Bridge
MHEC staff and representatives from the Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene met and selected candidates for
participation in the Loan Assistance Repayment Program for
Primary Care Physicians (LARP PCS).
MHEC staff and representatives from the Maryland Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Oral Health met and
selected candidates for participation in the Loan Assistance
Repayment Program, Maryland Dent Care (LARP MDC).
Private Career Schools
• Performed three applicant school site visits
• Met with/counseled two private career schools
• Meet with two training providers operating without
required Commission approval
• Approval—change of location
• Approval—four new private career school approvals with
four new programs.
• Approval—substantial program modification
• Notices of Deficiency(4)—failure to complete annual report
or failure to maintain financial guarantee required by the
• Reviewed annual report submissions from 175 private career
Community College Continuing Education
• Processed 600 continuing education course applications for
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce
Development, in conjunction with MHEC IT staff, continues to
develop a test version for a process for continuing
education course applications for FTE funding to be
available online. This will also allow the MHEC inventory of
continuing education courses to be publicly viewable online.
• The continuing education manual will also be updated and
put online when the electronic online application process is
Workforce Development / WIA
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development
and acting as MHEC Workforce Development staff support,
attended two Economic and Workforce workgroup meetings for
the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding
Higher Education (10/20 & 10/27).
• Mr. Kendall also represented Maryland higher education
10/23 in a conference call with USDOE concerning CTE and
• Mr. Kendall attended one GWIB Energy Steering Committee
(10/30), and presented the GWIB Education Industry
Initiative report to the MHEC Education Policy Committee on
• Mr. Kendall facilitated two State Plan Goal 5 writing
workgroups (10/6 & 10/20) on Economic Growth and Vitality.
• This month, Mr. Kendall also accepted the Governor’s
appointment to the Career and Technology Education Task
Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary
Responded to 21 requests for transcripts from closed schools
and 5 education verification requests.
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 326,000 college students in Maryland,
for the State and its needs, and for business and industry