Education Committee to Consider New Programs for
Towson and University of Maryland, College Park, January 21;
Finance Committee to Continue Review
of USM Enrollment Trends, January 22
Adelphi, MD - Two committees of the University System
of Maryland Board of Regents are scheduled to meet next week.
The Committee on Education Policy will meet at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 21, at the University of Maryland, Baltimore
. The meeting will be in the Terrace Lounge of the Baltimore
Student Union, 621 West Lombard Street.
The Committee on Finance will meet at 9:45 a.m.
Thursday, January 22, at the University of Maryland,
College Park. The meeting will be in the Margaret
Brent Room (room 2112) of the Stamp Student Union.
Topping the Education Policy Committee's agenda are
two new program proposals. One is for a doctoral program
in applied information technology at Towson University,
designed to meet the demand of IT professionals who want
to expand their knowledge base and technical skills while
The second proposal is for a master's program and a post
baccalaureate certificate in Jewish Studies at the University
of Maryland, College Park. These options are designed to offer
students broad, interdisciplinary graduate-level training in
The Education Policy Committee also will review the Middle
States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) review report
on Coppin State College. MSA requires institutions to complete
periodic review reports every five years to maintain accreditation.
The current evaluation of Coppin notes the institution's
significant progress in several areas, including strategic
planning, information technology, recruitment and retention
of students, and improved graduation rates.
At its meeting Thursday, January 22, the Finance Committee
will continue its review of enrollment trends at USM
institutions. Fall 2003 enrollment at USM was up 2.1%
(2,600 students) over fall 2002, with 60% of the growth
at the undergraduate level. Graduate and first-professional
enrollment grew 3%. Over the past 10 years, USM enrollment
increased 20%. Today, the university system is serving nearly
21,000 more students than it did in fall 1993.
Finance Committee members also will consider a request to
increase the budget for the Stamp Student Union renovation and
addition at the University of Maryland, College Park, by $2.5
million for a total authorization of $57, 550,000. If approved,
the university will draw the additional funds from its Union
Facilities Renewal Plant Account.
Other Finance Committee agenda items include the 2003-2013
Facilities Master Plan for Salisbury University and a new
dining services contract for Frostburg State University.
Full agendas and background information will be available
at both the January 21 and the January 22 committee meetings.
Sign language interpreters and/or other appropriate
accommodations for eligible individuals with disabilities
will be provided upon request. Please call 301.445.2756
(voice) or 301.314.7683 (TTY/ITT) to make special arrangements.
Contact: Anne Moultrie