September 2009 Press
release: September 11, 2009 Media Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
August 2009 MHEC Report for Governor O'Malley
August 1, 2009: Secretary Lyons sent letters to the presidents of all colleges
and universities in the State requesting nominations for student representatives
to the Student Advisory Council of the Maryland Higher Education Commission and
to the Maryland Youth Council.
August 3, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with Director of Finance Policy to discuss
budget issues within the agency.
August 4, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with senior staff to discuss and announce
budget cuts within the agency.
August 4, 2009: MHEC representatives, including Director of Finance and Director
of Academic Affairs met at the USM Hagerstown Higher Education Center to
continue the review of the Center. This meeting focused on the goals of the
Center, the impact of the Center and presentations by government and business
leaders on the economic development, benefit and impact of the Center.
August 4, 2009: Director of Communications met with Director of Office of
Information Systems and Information Systems Specialist to discuss implementing
the Department of Information Technology’s (DOIT) official legal tagline for the
deaf and disabled which is: “Visitors who are hard of hearing, deaf or
speech-disabled and who use a TTY or text telephone can contact MHEC via
Maryland Relay (Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258).”
August 6, 2009: Secretary Lyons participated in unveiling of Investing in STEM
to Secure Maryland’s Future: Final Report of the Governor’s STEM Task Force. The
STEM Task Force was divided into three workgroups: STEM education, STEM
workforce development, and translational research and economic development. Each
workgroup studied and developed recommendations in its assigned area. The Task
Force then came together reaching broad consensus on the most essential steps
Maryland must take, grounding its recommendations in evidence-based research
reports and analysis of state data.
August 6, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with Secretary of the Department of
Disabilities Cathy Raggio to discuss disability, diversity data collection in
the State Plan for Postsecondary Education.
August 6, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended meeting to discuss Morgan
State University’s capital budget at the DBM Office of Capital Budget.
August 6-7, 2009: The work group writing the grant proposal for the Lumina
Making Opportunity Affordable program met to finalize the substance of the
submission. Letters of support are being collected for a completed proposal,
which is due to Lumina no later than September 11, 2009.
August 6, 2009: Director of Communications attended Smart, Green and Growing
meeting with his communications colleagues in other State agencies. An
environmental justice presentation was made by MDE and WBAL television presented
a possible partnership with the State and its new “Maryland Green” initiative.
August 7, 2009: Director of Finance Policy visited Bowie State University in
conjunction with the Departments of Budget and Management and Legislative
August 7, 2009: Director of Communications and GEAR-UP/CPIP Coordinator attended
Governor O’Malley’s Summer Internship Program presentations at the State House.
Both the Director of Communications and Assistant Secretary for Finance Policy
mentored Governor’s summer interns over the summer and both proved to be
outstanding additions to the agency. They made great individual contributions on
their own. They were creative, energetic and confident in their own abilities to
work with seasoned professionals. The presentations made to Governor O’Malley
and Director of Policy John Ratliff were well-done, well-presented, informative
August 12-14, 2009: Secretary Lyons and MHEC Vice Chair Dr. Donald Slowinski
represented the agency at the Maryland Association of Counties’ (MACo) annual
summer conference. During the meeting, Secretary Lyons participated in the Lt.
Governor’s BRAC Workforce Panel and attended several break-out sessions as well
as attending Governor O’Malley’s keynote speech to end the conference.
August 13, 2009: Outreach Committee met with producer from Maryland Public
Television to discuss details on a program MPT and MHEC will produce jointly
entitled You Can Afford College. It is set to debut in January and will feature
interviews with MHEC officials, financial aid experts from colleges and five
college students who will explain how they applied for financial aid and how
they benefited from it. Funds for the program will be paid for by USAFunds.
August 14, 2009: Director of Communications sent out 20 Twitter notifications
which included new University System of Maryland institutions that had joined
the Green registry, the link to each school on the Green Registry, information
on what the Green Registry is and how organizations can join, and a link and
explanation of Governor O’Malley’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative. The DOC
does this every time a Maryland college or university joins the Green Registry.
August 14, 2009: Director of Communications working with colleagues at MDE,
officially began work on including the Maryland Chamber of Commerce in a major
press event promoting Green Registry sometime in September. DOC has been working
to get the Maryland Chamber to join the Green Registry for two months as well as
all of Maryland’s two- and four-year public and independent colleges and
August 17, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Director of Government Affairs had
productive meeting with officials from the Office of Minority Health.
August 18, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Academic
Affairs and Director of Research met with representatives of the College Board
to discuss Maryland’s annual report.
August 19, 2009: Secretary Lyons addressed the Maryland Fire-Rescue Education
and Training Commission meeting at MHEC. In his remarks, the Secretary spoke
about Governor O’Malley’s three S’s (security, skills and sustainability). He
indicated that the administration is taking citizens’ suggestions to “fix” the
budget quite seriously and that this was an important source of input.
August 19, 2009: Secretary Lyons met with Asuntha Chiang-Smith, Executive
Director for BRAC to discuss upcoming higher education issues and events
August 19, 2009: Secretary Lyons, Assistant Secretary of Planning and Academic
Affairs, Director of Research and Director of Legislative Affairs welcomed 26
visitors from Guangzhou University located in Guangzhou, China to discuss how
higher education operates in Maryland.
August 19, 2009: Director of Finance Policy visited University of Maryland
University College in conjunction with the Departments of Budget and Management
and Legislative Services.
August 20, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Director of Communications joined in a
conference call with the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Arne Duncan
as well as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebilius and officials
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss guidance CDC is
issuing to assist colleges and universities in preparing for and preventing H1N1
flu. Secretary Lyons then e-mailed Chief of Staff Michael Enright to ask him how
MHEC should do anything in particular to best go about educating Maryland’s
campuses and universities about the H1N1 flu.
August 21, 2009: Per Secretary Lyons’ e-mail to Michael Enright, Andrew Lauland,
the Governor’s Director of Homeland Security, responded that he had touched base
with DHMH and the department indicated that one of their primary goals for
colleges and universities is that the Governor’s office, DHMH and MHEC strongly
encourage/advocate for the student health unit and every State college and
university to go to DHMH’s website and pre-register to become a vaccination
site. DHMH’s link that Mr. Lauland passed on to Secretary Lyons is:http://www.dhmh.state.md.us./swineflu/h1n1registration.html).
August 21, 2009: Per Secretary Lyons’ request, Director of Communications sent
Mr. Lauland’s e-mail as well as a personal note to all Maryland colleges and
university presidents to respond back to him if they had pre-registered as a
vaccination site. Several institutions such as Bowie State, Frostburg, UMBC and
Carroll Community College responded back to Secretary Lyons that they
pre-registered as a vaccination site.
August 24, 2009: Secretary Lyons joined Governor O’Malley, Lt. Governor Brown
and Secretary Colmers at a wide-ranging press conference at Prince George’s
Community College in which the governor discussed how the State is preparing for
the H1N1 flu and also to praise the new health center on PGCC’s campus.
August 24, 2009: Director of Finance Policy visited Stevenson University and
Towson University in conjunction with the Departments of Budget and Management
and Legislative Services.
August 25, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Director of Communications attended press
conference held by Governor O’Malley to discuss reductions he was planning to
present to the Board of Public Works on August 26.
August 25, 2009: Director of Finance Policy visited Hood College and the
University of Maryland in conjunction with the Departments of Budget and
Management and Legislative Services.
August 26, 2009: Conducted analysis of reductions to Sellinger and Cade programs
following cost containment adjustments by Governor O’Malley.
August 26, 2009: Director of Communications, Director of Office of Student
Financial Assistance and Associate Director of Student Financial Assistance
participated in conference call with Joce Sterman of ABC Channel 2 news in
Baltimore. Ms. Sterman is doing a story on legislative scholarships, which have
always been controversial, to describe the program and how MHEC administers it.
Only facts, no opinions were given to reporter.
August 27, 2009: Secretary Lyons and Director of Communications attended Capital
for a Day in Cecil County. They visited with Cecil College President Stephen
Pannill, deans, student leaders and board of trustees members, visited the
Chesapeake Full Service Realty, LLC – a private career school over which MHEC
has oversight and Secretary Lyons participated in the governor’s full cabinet
August 27, 2009: Director of Finance Policy attended College Savings Plan of
Maryland board meeting.
August 31, 2009: Director of Finance Policy visited University of Maryland
College Park in conjunction with the Departments of Budget and Management and
Private Career Schools
• Associate Director for Workforce Development and acting as a Private Career
School Education Analyst, visited the following institutions:
• 8/4: Biotechnical Institute (relocation site visit)
• 8/12: Baltimore School of Massage (VA Supervisory visit)
• 8/12: Omega Studios’ School of Applied Recording (VA Supervisory visit)
• 8/27: Camelot Real Estate Academy (relocation)
• Three PCS Changes of Ownership (DATS schools)
• 8/31: Associate Director for Workforce Development met with Bartender of
America Bartending School (Annual Report)
• Held Private Career School Secretary’s Advisory Council meeting to review new
• Three school approvals renewed.
• Eleven new programs approved.
• One school name change approved.
• Three state school compliance visits conducted.
• Three meetings with school officials or applicants.
Community College Continuing Education
• 8/21/09: Associate Director for Workforce Development attended the MCCACET
meeting of continuing education VPs and Deans, presenting the updated Continuing
Education Manual and CC-10 online process.
• ONGOING: Associate Director for Workforce Development, in conjunction with
MHEC IT staff, is close to completing the development of a paperless process for
continuing education course applications for FTE funding to be available online.
Ultimately, this online process will allow the MHEC inventory of continuing
education courses to be publicly viewable online. Testing will occur throughout
FY2010, with the anticipated date for going paperless as March 1, 2010.
• ONGOING: The Community College Continuing Education Manual has been updated
and distributed to the community colleges for review.
Workforce Development / WIA
• 8/6 Associate Director for Workforce Development, attended one workforce
related meeting (GWIB-DLLR workgroup meeting to discuss WIA State List
Records from Closed Institutions of Postsecondary Education
Administrative Support Aide, under Associate Director for Workforce
Development’s signature, responded to 21 requests for transcripts from closed
schools and 7 education verification requests.
Office of Grants
• August 5, 2009 - College Preparation Intervention Program (CPIP) Grant
Program: Awarded grants to 10 colleges and universities to provide mathematics
and science academic services to the Maryland GEAR UP cohort students.
• August 5, 2009 - Improving Teacher Quality Grant Program (ITQ): Conducted
technical assistance workshop to assist potential applications with
understanding the requirements of the Request for Applications.
• August 7, 2009: Conducted orientation session for three new Governor’s Policy
• August 27, 2009 - Maryland College Access Challenge Grant Program (MCACGP):
Awarded grants to 13 nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions
in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County to provide college outreach
services to middle school students.
• August 20, 2009 - Nurse Support Program II (NSP II): Distributed nominations
solicitation information for the New Nursing Faculty Fellowship for FY2010.
Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)
• Notifications were mailed to all public and independent high schools and post
secondary institutions announcing the availability of OSFA staff to conduct
State financial aid presentations and to distribute State financial aid
• Awards were completed for the FY 2010 Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraqi
Conflicts Scholarship and Edward T. Conroy Memorial Scholarship programs.
• Revisions to OSFA’s College 411 publications for FY 2010-2011 were completed
and submitted to vendor for printing.
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 337,000 college students in Maryland, for the State
and its needs, and for business and industry in Maryland.