September 2008 Press
For Immediate Release: September 1, 2008 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
MHEC August Report to Governor O'Malley
August 1, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
participated in the Appropriate Shares Workgroup of the
Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher
August 4-5: MHEC officials participated in site visits at UMBC
and Towson University with the U.S. Department of Education
Office of Civil Rights.
August 5, 2008: Secretary Lyons addressed the NorthEast Alliance
Summer Research Program for Underrepresented Students at the
University of Connecticut resulting in him encouraging college
junior and seniors to pursue doctoral degrees in Maryland.
August 6, 2008: Communications Director participated in a BRAC
marketing meeting led by Asuntha Chiang-Smith with colleagues
from other State agencies to encourage people affected by BRAC
re-location efforts at Fort Monmouth (NJ) and the Defense
Information Systems Agency (DISA) to move to Maryland.
August 7, 2008: The University of Maryland at College Park
hosted an all day workshop for high school juniors and seniors
on preparing for college. A financial aid presentation was given
by staff from MHEC’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA).
August 7, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy met with
Department of Human Resources officials to discuss legislation
expanding the Foster Care Tuition Waiver.
August 7, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy met with
the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to discuss
BRAC Higher Education Investment Fund Request for Applications.
August 8, 2008: Secretary Lyons and MHEC BRAC Coordinator
attended and participated in a BRACStats Planning Meeting with
Asuntha Chiang-Smith, Executive Director of Maryland’s BRAC
August 8, 2008: Secretary Lyons was Speaker at Tuskegee
August 10-12, 2008: Grants Director participated in the State
Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) national meeting of
Title II State Directors to assist in the national effort to
document the impact of the Improving Teacher Quality programs
and create a guidebook of new program administrators.
August 11, 2008: Issued Request for Applications (RFA) for the
College Preparation Intervention Program. Grants will be awarded
to institutions of higher education to support eligible Maryland
GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Programs) -- Focus on Math sites. Maryland GEAR UP is a
federally funded early intervention program administered by the
Maryland State Department of Education.
August 12, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
represented Secretary Lyons on the Task Force to Review
Physician Shortages in Rural Areas.
August 13-August 16: Secretary Lyons attended MACo Annual Summer
Conference. He joined Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and MHEC BRAC
Coordinator as a panelist to discuss BRAC re-location efforts in
Maryland and how MHEC is helping in these endeavors. Secretary
Lyons also promoted agency overall agency efforts to various
county and State officials present at the conference in addition
to being in attendance at Governor O’Malley’s speech.
August 15, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy met with
the Community College President in Ocean City to discuss the
Community College Supplemental Retirement Workgroup
recommendation to introduce legislation during the 2009 General
Assembly Session to define the community colleges as the
employing institution for the purposes of the Supplemental
August 18, 2008: MHEC Segmental Advisory Council met to discuss
BRAC Transfer Agreements, Articulation Agreements, and Plans for
Programs of Cultural Diversity through passage of House Bill
905, Office of Civil Rights (OCR) visits to various Maryland
universities to review facilities among other important issues.
August 20, 2008: OSFA staff participated in a successful College
Fair at Fort Meade.
August 21, 2008: Secretary Lyons and Communications Director
attended Capital for a Day in Pocomoke City. Secretary Lyons
participated in cabinet meeting, attended Governor’s press
conference and visited presidents, vice presidents, deans and
board of trustees members at the University of Maryland Eastern
Shore, Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College.
August 20, 2008: Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy and MHEC
BRAC coordinator participated in the Economic
Competitiveness/Workforce Workgroup meeting of the Commission to
Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education.
August 25, 2008: Awarded scholarships to 350 Distinguished
Scholar finalists, semifinalists and honorable mention students.
Also awarded all eligible applicants (156) including wait-list
students, for the Edward T. Conroy Scholarship.
August 26, 2008: MHEC sponsored the William D. Schaefer
Scholarship awards ceremony. Twenty-five recipients were
recognized and presented scholarship certificates. Secretary
Lyons and Mr. Mark Wasserman, Vice President of External Affairs
and Development, University of Maryland Medical Systems (and
former Chief of Staff to Governor Schaefer), addressed the
attendees. The members of the Schaefer scholarship advisory
committee were recognized and awarded Governor’s Citations.
August 29, 2008: Drafted Request for Applications (RFA) for the
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Higher Education Investment
August 29, 2008: Secretary Lyons participated in Adult Education
Private Career Schools (PCS)
• Performed seven VA supervisory visits
• Performed three state visits
• Performed one new school site visit
• Performed two school relocation site visit
• Performed one new classroom site visit
• Met with/counseled four private career schools
• Approved one new school
• Approved one school change of location
• Approved new classrooms for two schools
• Held PCS Secretary’s Advisory Council meeting to review three
new school applications and one change of ownership.
Workforce Development / WIA
• Dean Kendall, Associate Director for Workforce Development,
represented MHEC at an August 7th workforce committee meeting.
• On August 19th and 25th, Mr. Kendall, acting as MHEC Workforce
Development staff support, attended an Economic and Workforce
Workgroup meeting for the Commission to Develop the Maryland
Model for Funding Higher Education.
• ONGOING: David Jorgenson, Education Analyst, reviews on a
daily basis all Community College continuing education courses
for regulatory FTE eligibility.
Mr. Jorgenson, in conjunction with MHEC IT staff, has
implemented a test version for a process for continuing
education course applications to be available online. This will
also allow the MHEC inventory of continuing education courses to
be publicly viewable online.
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