Board of Regents Approves Tuition Waiver for New Baltimore County Plant
The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents approved a waiver
of the residency requirements for in-state tuition rates for employees
relocating to the new General Motors Allison Transmission Plant in White
Marsh in Baltimore County. The decision was made during the Board's regular
"The waiver is designed to give these GM employees who are moving to
Maryland the opportunity to take advantage of our colleges and universities
as quickly as possible," said USM Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg. "The
plain fact is, it is a difficult thing to relocate with your company, and
this is our way of providing an incentive for a small group of highly
The waiver, which was requested by the company via the state Department of
Business and Economic Development (DBED), will apply only to those GM
Allison Transmission employees who relocate to Maryland. According to DBED,
as many as 50 salaried employees are eligible.
In other action, the Board:
The Board also heard reports on minority enrollment and retention, System
investment strategies, the status of the USM's institutional agricultural
programs, and activity in the Minority Business Enterprise. The Board also
recognized the exemplary service of Harry R. Hughes, who served as a Regent
from 1995 to July of this year. It also welcomed Nina R. Houghton, who was
recently chosen by Gov. Parris Glendening to succeed Gov. Hughes.
- approved Systemwide policies on exempt pay and procurement. The new
policies are a requirement of Senate Bill 682, the System's governance bill
which was signed into law in July.
- approved recommendations of the USM institutions' Boards of Visitors. Each
year the Boards are required by law to report on the needs of their
respective institutions; the USM-assessed results become the basis for the
System's legislative strategy. The recommendations focus on items such as
capital improvements, mission statements, and staffing needs.
- approved a change to the USM's policy on sexual assault, designed to meet
the requirements of the federal Clery Act, originally known as the Campus
Security Act. The Clery Act requires that institutions report criminal acts,
including sexual assault, on a calendar-year basis every October. The USM
had previously reported its incidents of sexual assault on an annual basis
- approved an interim 10-year capital plan, also as a result of SB 682.