USM Board of Regents to Discuss Strategies to

Accommodate Projected Enrollment Growth

ADELPHI, Md (September 8, 2004) How should the University System of Maryland (USM) prepare to respond to a projected student enrollment surge over the next few years? The USM Board of Regents will discuss this and related questions at its meeting scheduled to begin at 9 am Friday, September 10. The meeting will be in room 218, New Dining Hall, at Coppin State University in Baltimore.

At Friday's meeting, USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan and USM Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Joseph F. Vivona will present enrollment planning and management issues for the board's consideration. As part of their presentation, Kirwan and Vivona will offer the following as USM enrollment planning goals:

  • improve academic quality;
  • meet demand for enrollment of all who are qualified to enter USM institutions;
  • maximize the use of the institutions' current capacity;
  • shorten the time it takes for students to earn their degrees.

In other business, the board will consider authorizing the issuance of $35.3 million in bonds for the system's FY 2005 projects approved by the Board of Regents and the Maryland General Assembly. These include projects at Bowie State University; Towson University; University of Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and facilities renewal systemwide.

The board also is expected to vote on the proposed FY 2005 contract between the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) Corporation. The UMMS Board has approved the agreement.

Full agendas and background information will be available at the meeting. 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

Phone: 301/445-2722