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Governor Proposes FY 2009 System Budget
Increasing access and affordability while addressing Maryland's
pressing workforce challenges are at the forefront of Governor Martin
O'Malley's proposed FY 2009 operating and capital budgets for the
University System of Maryland (USM).
The Governor's budget
plan calls for freezing in-state undergraduate tuition and increasing
USM's total state budget support by $94.3 million (9.4 percent).
Approximately $40 million of this amount is provided through the Higher
Education Investment Fund (HEIF). HEIF will be used to hold tuition at
current levels, fund USM's closing the achievement gap initiative, and
increase the system's student financial aid fund by $7.2 million.
Proposed by Governor Martin O'Malley and approved by the General
Assembly during fall 2007's legislative special session, HEIF marks an
historic step for Maryland, establishing the state's first dedicated
funding stream for public higher education. HEIF's legislation directed
$16 million to the fund in FY 2008 and six percent of corporate income
tax revenues (projected at $55 million) to it in FY 2009.
The Governor's proposal also dedicates funds for upgrading and
increasing enrollment in USM's nursing programs at University of
Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); Frostburg State University; and Bowie State
University. Additional funds will be used to launch new degree programs
in respiratory care at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville and
pharmacy at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Governor's capital budget plan calls for $180 million in FY 2009 for
UMB's pharmacy building addition and renovation; University of
Maryland, College Park's new physical science center; Towson
University's new college of liberal arts building; and Coppin State
University's new physical education complex and science and tech
Read the Chancellor's Letter on the Governor's FY 2009 Budget Proposals.
USM Universities: Best Values and World-Class
Salisbury University and University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) have once again been named to Kiplinger's Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, ranked number 62 and 28 respectively. Kiplinger's weighs the factors of academic excellence, cost, and availability of financial aid assistance to derive the annual list.
Ebony magazine's 2007-2008 Guide to Historically Black Colleges and Universities
profiled the nation's HBCUs and ranked Bowie State University number
one for awarding master's degrees in computer science and information
technology to African-Americans. Ebony lauded University of
Maryland Eastern Shore for having a wide variety of programs geared
toward workforce needs, including agriculture, aviation science,
construction management, and hotel and restaurant management.
USM institutions also rank among the best in the world as UMCP's recent
global rankings testify. UMCP was recently ranked 37th in the world and
28th among U.S. schools on the Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China)
"World's Top 100 Universities" list.
For more information, visit USM in the National Rankings.
E &E Realizes $37.8 Million in Savings in FY 07
USM's Effectiveness and Efficiency (E&E) Initiative brought
$37.8 million in direct cost savings to the system in FY 2007. E&E
also realized $40 million in cost avoidances, increased revenue, and
strategically reallocated resources. Adopted in 2004, the E&E
Initiative has been a signature program of USM to reduce costs while
improving overall operations across the system. E&E direct cost
savings alone have totaled more than $94 million since FY 2005.
In FY 2007, USM saved or avoided costs totaling $77.9 million through
E&E activities. They included restructuring business processes;
partnering with external organizations on the use of facilities and
other resources; competitive contracting; energy conservation measures;
technology improvements; entrepreneurial activities; and rebalancing
in-sourcing and out-sourcing of staff for improved cost-effectiveness.
Academic operations are also a focus of E&E, with the specific aim
of increasing productivity and USM's ability to absorb more students
while decreasing time-to-degree. One measure of academic
productivity--instructional workload--has risen almost eight percent
during the last four years, from an average of 7.0 course units taught
per full-time faculty member (CU/FTEF) in FY 2003 to 7.5 CU/FTEF in FY
2007 at our seven comprehensive universities. Academic workload at
USM's research institutions saw an even more dramatic increase of 20
percent during the same period.
New Exhibit Highlights USM's First Two Decades
A new exhibit in the second-floor gallery of the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis celebrates the 20th
anniversary of the founding of the University System of Maryland. The
12-panel exhibit traces the system's origins from the founding of the
first public colleges in Maryland during the early 1800s to today's
educational and research powerhouses that are transforming the lives of
students, driving the state's knowledge economy, and addressing
critical workforce needs.
panels highlight USM's significant historical mileposts, student
achievement, faculty excellence, public service, leading-edge research,
and initiatives to increase access and affordability in education and
accountability to the citizens of Maryland.
The exhibit is open to the public daily, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nano Bio Fund Pushing the Next Tech Revolution
Governor Martin O'Malley has proposed $2.4 million in the FY 2009
state budget to continue funding nano-biotechnology research across the
university system. Since 2006, the Nano Bio Research Fund has been
nurturing Maryland's "small scale" revolution by providing seed money
for faculty recruitment, equipment, and research that integrates the
fields of nanotechnology and biotechnology. The fund is administered
through a partnership of the Maryland Department of Business and
Economic Development (DBED) and USM.
Established by the
State of Maryland in FY 2007, the Nano Bio Fund has provided a total
$4.9 million to date for 11 research projects at the University of
Maryland, College Park (UMCP); University of Maryland, Baltimore
County; University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI); and the
University of Maryland, Baltimore.
As a result, USM
researchers have submitted 33 proposals to external agencies for a
total of $16 million in grants. In 2006, the Robert W. Deutsch
Foundation gave more than $1 million to fund a cross-disciplinary group
of researchers from UMCP's Clark School of Engineering, UMBI, and the
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy working to develop a
nanoscale biochip that will serve as a tiny drug testing and discovery
Record Enrollments: USM Headcount Tops 137,000
The number of students attending USM institutions reached a record
high of 137,412 with the release of the system's fall 2007 opening
Eight of the system's 11 universities
experienced enrollment growth between 1.7 and 9.4 percent: Bowie State
University (2.1 percent); Frostburg State University (1.7 percent);
Towson University (4.4 percent); University of Baltimore (9.4 percent);
University of Maryland, Baltimore (4.4 percent); University of
Maryland, Baltimore County (2.1 percent); and University of Maryland,
College Park (2.6 percent).
undergraduate enrollment also reached a record high of 13,072-up 3.1
percent from fall 2006--reflecting the surge in high--school graduation
levels associated with the "Baby Boom Echo" population.
Graduate/first-professional enrollment grew 4.2 percent in the same
USM currently receives funds through its Enrollment
Funding Initiative (EFI) to help meet the demand on its universities'
operating budgets as a result of increasing enrollments. Governor
O'Malley has proposed $10.6 million in EFI funding for FY 2009.
Fall 2007 Opening Enrollment Report
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