November 2009 Press
release: November 2, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
October 2009 MHEC Governor's Report
October 1-31, 2009: Management Associate sent out 26 responses to general
inquiries sent to the governor’s office about higher education issues.
October 1-31, 2009: Management Associate mailed more than 1,000 congratulations
letters from Governor O’Malley to Maryland students for receiving recognition as
2009 Maryland Distinguished Scholars, one of MHEC’s most prestigious honors.
October 1, 2009: Secretary Lyons and members of MHEC staff attended unveiling of
its new MDgo4it.org website at Dundalk High School. The website is a
student-friendly and fun new way for high school and middle school students to
conduct a search for potential colleges and universities in Maryland that they
might want to attend. Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, MSDE Superintendent
Dr. Nancy Grasmick, and Baltimore County Superintendent of Schools Joe Hairston
delivered remarks along with Secretary Lyons. Secretary Lyons and County
Executive Smith both had high praise for Governor O’Malley’s strong commitment
to higher education in the State.
October 2, 2009: Director of Communications joined several of his colleagues
from other State agencies at a meeting held at the Maryland Emergency Management
Agency (MEMA) headquarters to get an update from DHMH on the H1N1 Swine Flu
pandemic. There was also a presentation from MEMA officials about the
establishment and operation of a Joint Information Center (JIC) in case of
serious disasters in which directors of communications or public information
officers from other agencies may be able to provide volunteer services to MEMA.
October 2, 2009: The Regional Educational Laboratory hosted a national one-day
conference on Increasing Access to Higher Education in Washington, D.C. In
attendance representing MHEC were Assistant Secretary of Planning and Academic
Affairs and Director of Academic Affairs. The conference was designed for policy
leaders and focused on research supported practices that increase access to
higher education. Secretary Duncan was one of the keynote speakers.
Approximately 100 people were in attendance.
October 6, 2009: MHEC held the final meeting of the University System of
Maryland at Hagerstown workgroup to finalize report to be submitted to the
budget committees on November 2, 2009.
October 6, 2009: Dr. Deborah Klinman from the Middle States Commission on Higher
Education visited MHEC. She will serve as Maryland’s liaison from Middle States.
Secretary Lyons, and Director of Academic Affairs were involved in this meeting.
The discussion focused on current and future issues in higher education
October 7, 2009: MHEC hosted three State charitable organizations to kickoff its
annual Maryland Charities campaign. Virtually the entire MHEC staff attended the
event in the main conference room and Secretary Lyons asked staff members to
remember those in need especially in these difficult economic times.
October 7, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Chief of Staff and Director of Administrative
Services met for an MHEC budget meeting.
October 7, 2009: The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Oversight Council held
its first regular meeting of this academic year. In addition to the two and
four-year institutional – University System of Maryland and the Maryland
Association of Community Colleges -- representatives; Director of Academic
Affairs represents MHEC on this Council.
October 9, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the groundbreaking of Bowie State
University’s New Fine and Performing Arts Building. This is a new $79 million
building. The 123,000-square-foot building will include a 400-seat main theatre,
200-seat black box theater, 200-seat recital hall, art gallery, classrooms,
laboratories and offices.
October 9, 2009: Secretary Lyons attended the 40th Anniversary of the African
American Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Lt.
Governor also attended this prestigious event.
October 9, 2009: The Chief Academic Officers of Maryland’s community colleges
held their second regular meeting of this academic year at the Catonsville
campus of the Community College of Baltimore County. Director of Academic
Affairs represented MHEC at this meeting.
October 14, 2009: MHEC’s full commission meeting was held. The Commission heard
the appeal of Secretary of Higher Education James E. Lyons, Sr.'s, denial of
approval of the University of Maryland University College’s program proposal to
offer an area of concentration, in Community College Policy and Administration,
within its Doctor of Management program in Maryland. The hearing was conducted
in accordance with the provisions of COMAR 13B.02.03.25D(2) – (5). After the
hearing, the Commission adjourned to a closed session. 13B.02.03.25D(8)(a). The
Commission then had five days to issue its decision. 13B.02.03.25D(8)(b). This
decision by the Commission has major ramifications as it is believed that this
is the first time an institution (UMUC) that offers a primarily on-line course
was found to be duplicating a program that offers a weekend, in-class course
October 14, 2009: MHEC’s Finance Policy Committee meeting was held. Items
discussed included FY 2011 Consolidated Operating Budget Recommendations, FY
2011 Consolidated Capital Budget Recommendations and a report on the auditing of
community college enrollments. It was understood by all members of the Finance
Committee and MHEC staff that the operating capital budget recommendations could
change in future meetings in light of the slow economy.
October 14, 2009: Director of Finance Policy Represented MHEC at meeting of
MICUA and Institutional Presidents with the Governor and Lieutenant Governor and
October 15, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended General Assembly Spending
Affordability Meeting in the Joint Hearing Room of the Department of Legislative
October 16, 2009: Secretary Lyons was keynote speaker at the Bowie State
University Scholarship Gala held at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt. Bowie
State University alumni and supporters from all over Maryland gathered for
fellowship and proceeds for the evening were to go to BSU’s scholarship fund.
Secretary Lyons was the keynote speaker and he told the audience that the
governor is a strong supporter of higher education; he is truly an education
governor, has been on the Bowie State campus during his time in office and that
he loves to say BSUuuuuuu!!!!
October 16, 2009: Director of Communications attended a meeting of his
colleagues held by the governor’s press office at the State House to coordinate
better messaging including writing livelier press releases, new social media,
helping the governor’s speechwriting team with facts and updated figures from
our agencies, advance team preparation for events with the governor, Lt.
Governor and first lady and what each department is currently doing that is
exciting and interesting in the upcoming days and months.
October 16, 2009: Director of Finance Policy visited the Universities at Shady
Grove Regional Higher Education Center with staff from the Department of
Legislative Services for a site visit to discuss budget and other higher
education issues related to the center.
October 19, 2009: MHEC Segmental Advisory Council made up of the University
System of Maryland (USM), the Maryland Independent College and Independent
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 met to discuss financial
literacy developments on each campus and how each campus is trying to figure out
whether they need to create a course for their students or do it during freshmen
orientation. An update on Maryland’s Longitudinal Data System was presented by
MHEC Director of IT and Director of Planning and Academic Affairs. The effects
of the College Textbook Competition and Affordability Act of 2009 throughout the
Segments were also discussed. The effect has been less revenue for the campus
bookstores to pay for student services, but it has also been popular among
October 19, 2009: Director of Communications completed work on MHEC’s Smart,
Greet and Growing Communications Plan for the next 12 months. The plan included
a brief overview, accomplishments, partner agencies involved, key stakeholders
and advocacy groups that will help support the program. Director of
Communications has been working this year with all Maryland colleges and
universities to submit all of their green initiatives to MHEC in order for them
to be listed on MHEC’s website and Governor O’Malley’s Smart, Green and Growing
site. He was also able to get several of them to join the Green Registry as well
as the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative
(SMECO), Pepco and Dominion Energy.
October 20, 2009: Secretary Lyons joined with Lt. Governor Brown, Secretary of
Planning Rich Hall and other higher education officials and community leaders
for the Northeast Maryland Higher Education Summit held at the HEAT Center to
discuss the need for expanded higher education and workforce opportunity issues
in Northeast Maryland. Secretary Lyons moderated the summit.
October 21, 2009: MHEC Chairman Kevin O’Keefe released the commissioners’
decision to uphold Secretary Lyons’ denial of the University of Maryland
University College’s appeal barring the institution from offering an online
doctoral program in community college administration to state residents.
Secretary Lyons denied the program approval saying it was duplicative to a
similar program offered by Morgan State University. The decision by Secretary
Lyons and the subsequent decision by the commissioners has drawn nationwide
press including the San Francisco Examiner, Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle
of Higher Education.
October 21, 2009: MHEC found out that Maryland has successfully made it into the
finalist stage for the Lumina Making Opportunity Affordable Implementation
Grant. MHEC staff made a site visit with two senior Lumina consultants to
process initial proposal review feedback and to address our final addendum and
revised budget submission. In attendance at this meeting were representatives of
the Maryland General Assembly, MHEC, the governor’s office, the University
System of Maryland, the Maryland Association of Community Colleges and the
Maryland Independent College and University Association.
October 21, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended budget meeting for
Baltimore City Community College.
October 22, 2009: Secretary Lyons addressed attendees of The College Board
conference in New York City. The theme was Breaking Barriers: Stories from
Educators and Students. Secretary Lyons addressed more than 200 people from all
over the country where students, college administrators and faculty shared
anecdotal biographical stories about their challenges and success in college.
Secretary Lyons applauded Governor O’Malley for being a nation-wide leader in
higher education even in difficult economic times. He also mentioned Governor
O’Malley’s highly successful P-20 Council and the good work they are doing and
will continue to do in the future. The College Board connects students to
college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of
more than 5,400 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational
organizations. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and
their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,500 colleges through major programs
and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid,
enrollment, and teaching and learning.
October 22, 2009: Director of Communications attended Smart, Green and Growing
meeting with his colleagues in each State agency who are members of the group.
He presented MHEC’s 12-month communications plan for Smart, Green and Growing
and listened to others’ plans.
October 22, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended the College Savings Plans
of Maryland Board Meeting on behalf of Secretary Lyons.
October 23, 2009: MHEC Chief of Staff Dr. Kathleen Walton spoke to a graduate
class studying higher education administration at the University of Maryland,
College Park at the invitation of a professor at the institution. Dr. Walton
praised Governor O’Malley’s strong support for higher education in Maryland and
mentioned that Maryland’s USM institutions and Morgan State have benefited from
Governor O’Malley’s tuition freeze over the past four years.
October 23, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended Community College
Facilities Planner Meeting at CCBC – Dundalk Campus.
October 26, 2009: Assistant Secretary for Planning and Academic Affairs and
Director of Communications attended Governor O’Malley’s Capital for a Day in
Laurel. They visited three institutions of higher education in Laurel – Tai
Sophia Institute, The Laurel [Higher Education] Center and Capitol College where
they met with presidents, deans, student leaders and faculty members. Tai Sophia
offers master degree programs in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Applied
Healing Arts. The Laurel Center offers classes from primarily Howard and Prince
George’s County, but also the University of Maryland, College Park and the
College of Notre Dame. Capitol College is the only independent college in
Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and
business. It has collaborations with NASA, the National Security Agency and
Department of Homeland Security as well as many businesses.
October 26, 2009: Secretary Lyons, GEAR UP/CPIP Coordinator and Director of
Communications attended the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) winter GO
Alliance meeting in Annapolis. Communications and marketing strategies were
discussed and numerous valuable reports detailing higher education
accomplishments as well as obstacles that still need to be overcome were
released. For instance, “Maryland on the Move, a 2008 Progress Report on
Challenge to Lead Goals for Education” will serve as a very valuable guidepost
for higher education in Maryland.
October 26, 2009: The University of Maryland, Baltimore’s School of Nursing held
a seminar on nursing education for policy leaders. Director of Academic Affairs
and Director of Legislative Affairs were in attendance. In addition there were
about twenty representatives from a variety of city, county and state agencies
whose work includes attention to nursing education.
October 28, 2009: Management Associate represented Director of Communications at
Maryland’s Census 2010 Outreach Campaign in Randallstown. A letter under the
signature of Secretary Lyons along with a Census 2010 pamphlet that was handed
out at the event will go to each college and university president emphasizing
the need for their campuses to be involved in Census 2010 outreach.
Private Career Schools
• Associate Director for Workforce Development and Private Career School
Education Analyst, met with one school (10/23 – The Accounting & Bookkeeping
Center) to discuss Commission concerns regarding the school’s annual report
• Associate Director for Workforce Development, in a joint venture with other
MHEC staff members, met with Medix School-South to discuss its transition from
private career school to college (10/29).
• Associate Director for Workforce Development, also responsible for the review
and processing of State Solicitor’s Permits, processed 36 permits in October.
• One new school approved by Secretary Lyons.
• One new school approved for Veterans Affairs.
• Three programs approved for Veterans Affairs.
• One site visit for Veterans Affairs conducted.
• One State school compliance visit conducted for new school.
• One meeting with school applicants
• Three meetings with existing schools
• 36 Solicitors’ Permits issued to out-of-state private career schools.
Academic Common Market
• Alice Legum advised 24 callers about the application process for the Academic
Common Market. The ACM operates on the premise that if public institutions (no
independent institutions can participate) in a student’s home state do not offer
a degree program (undergraduate or graduate) that a student intends on pursuing,
then he/she may attend a participating out-of-state institution offering the
degree of interest and be granted a waiver of out-of-state tuition charges. This
serves as a cost-saving measure for both parents and students as in-state
tuition rates are lower than out-of-state rates.
Community College Continuing Education
• Associate Director for Workforce Development, along with data entry by
Administrative Assistant Alice Legum, processed 217 continuing education course
applications for FTE funding.
• Associate Director for Workforce Development, with support by MHEC IT staff,
has made the online CC-10 continuing education course application for State
funding available for testing to all community colleges. 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 as March
o Associated with this process, the 100+ page Community College Continuing
Education Manual is 99% complete, pending results of online testing.
Workforce Development / WIA
• Associate Director for Workforce Development, continues to participate on the
Raising The Bar marketing committee (RTB to be held 11/4-5).
• Associate Director for Workforce Development compiled and prepared Healthcare
Workforce Shortage statistics that compared DLLR occupational demand projections
with associated 2008 graduation statistics from Maryland higher education
• Associate Director for Workforce Development is in ongoing discussions with
the GWIB to modify WIA Training Provider evaluation parameters to more
accurately take into account the availability of employment data.
• Associate Director for Workforce Development participated in a 2½ day National
Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium summit,
by MSDE invitation, regarding the future of CTE in the U.S. (10/20-10/22). The
objective was to develop a 10-year vision to guide secondary and postsecondary
• Associate Director for Workforce Development, in accordance with the 2009
State Plan for Higher Education, and in conjunction with MHEC IT staff member
Bill Dowling, is developing 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.
Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary Education
• Administrative Assistant, under Associate Director for Workforce Development’s
signature, responded to 26 requests for transcripts from closed schools and 12
education verification requests.
Office of Grants
October 6, 2009: Attended a conference series on building capacity for
non-profit organizations and entities (e.g., State government) that work with
them. This was offered by the governor’s office and took place at the University
of Maryland, Baltimore.
October 9, 2009: Request for Application for Phase 5 of the Nurse Support
Program II was released and uploaded to MHEC and HSCRC websites. Press release
was sent out.
October 14, 2009: New guidelines for NSP II were presented to the Health
Services Cost Review Commission at their monthly meeting.
October 15, 2009: Deadline for receipt of HPSIG applications. Thirty-two
institutions applied for funding.
October 19, 2009: Several staff attended the State Grants team meeting.
October 26-28, 2009: Staff attended Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Go
Alliance meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, where the MDgo4it.org College Access
Campaign was presented.
October 1-31, 2009: Staff facilitated the activities of the Improving Teacher
Quality State Grant program review panel. The panel reviewed seventeen grant
proposals and recommended funding for seven projects.
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
OSFA staff participated in 9 financial aid outreach activities held at various
venues in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Montgomery, Baltimore
and Howard Counties and in Washington DC. These activities were directed toward
college bound secondary school students, their parents and members of
Six OSFA staff members attended a day long training session sponsored by USA
Funds. The training was centered on recent updates to the federal student aid
programs and processes.
OSFA held training sessions at MHEC for financial aid personnel from Maryland
two- and four-year and independent institutions on October 27 and 28.
Approximately 126 institutional aid staff attended the training sessions on the
new financial aid processing system, MD CAPS. The training was conducted by
representatives from Gold Bridge Partners (GBPI) the company that is developing
the new processing system.
On October 23, 2009 OSFA staff and representatives from Maryland Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene met to review applications for the Maryland Dent-Care
Loan Assistance Repayment Program and select five recipients for the upcoming
On October 8, 2009 OSFA staff and representatives from the Maryland Department
of Health and Mental Hygiene met to review applications for the Loan Assistance
Repayment Program for Primary Care Physicians and select nine recipients for the
upcoming award year.
During the month of October, select staff has been working with members of the
Legislative Auditing team conducting a three year audit of all financial aid
programs administered by OSFA.
BRAC Coordinator Report
Oct 6, 2009: BRAC Coordinator attended the BRAC Joint Legislative Committee
Oct 14-15, 2009: BRAC Coordinator represented MHEC at the Fort Monmouth, New
Jersey, Relocation Fair.
Oct 20, 2009: Secretary Lyons and BRAC Coordinator Dr. John Stephenson attended
the Northeastern Maryland Higher Education Summit at the HEAT Center in
Aberdeen. Dr. Lyons presented an overview of higher education in the
Northeastern region, and moderated a discussion of possible long and short term
Oct 23, 2009: BRAC Coordinator represented MHEC at the Defense Information
Systems Agency Fall Picnic.
Oct. 26, 2009: BRAC Coordinator Dr. John Stephenson represented MHEC at a
briefing for Lt. General Pollett chaired by Lt. Gov. Brown and held at the State