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Chancellor William E. Kirwan: Diversifying the College Presidency, The Presidency, Winter 2008

Freshman Applications To Maryland Colleges Increase, WBAL Radio, April 21, 2008

Ten USM Faculty, Administrators Among Daily Record’s Top 100 Women, March 7, 2008

USM, TU Creating New Teacher “Pipeline”, WBAL News, March 4, 2008

Chancellor Kirwan, UMB President Ramsay Among Top 60 “Influential Marylanders”, February 19, 2008

Applications, Enrollments at USM Universities Growing, WBAL News, February 7, 2008


For more news about USM, visit our News Releases page.

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April 2008

Session 2008: Higher Education Funding in the Forefront

The 2008 Sine Die was a sign of great progress for the University System of Maryland (USM). Governor O'Malley and the General Assembly's commitment to advancing higher education was clearly evident in the passage of the FY 2009 operating budget, which provides the system a total of $1.08 billion in general funds and revenue from the Higher Education Investment Fund (HEIF). This translates into $75.1 million above the FY 2008 level--a nine percent increase for USM when the two percent cost-of-living-adjustment funding is factored into it.

The budget will allow USM to hold in-state undergraduate tuition level for a third straight year, barring any future budget reductions. In just three short years, Maryland will have gone from the state with the sixth highest tuition nationwide to the 16th.

With a commitment of well over $200 million dollars in FY 2009, the Governor and General Assembly are also launching $1.2 billion in capital projects across USM over the next five years. Highlights of the system's capital improvement plan include Coppin State University's new Health and Human Services Building and Physical Education Complex; University of Maryland, Baltimore's School of Pharmacy Addition and Renovation; Towson University's new College of Liberal Arts Complex; and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science's Oyster Production Facility. Revenues from HEIF will also be directed toward three high-priority capital projects at University of Maryland, College Park: the School of Public Health, the Biosciences Research Building; and Physical Sciences Complex.

USM Marks 20 Years of Growth

July 1, 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the University System of Maryland (USM). In the two decades since the creation of USM from the merger of the five University of Maryland institutions and the six members of the State University and College System of Maryland, USM has marked significant milestones in its growth and in its service to the citizens of Maryland.

Since 1988, the number of students attending USM's 11 universities has grown 34 percent, from 102,687 in Fall 1988 to 137,648 in Fall 2007. During the same period, the number of first-time full-time freshmen has grown 58 percent and the number of community college transfer students has grown 149 percent. The number of bachelor's degrees granted has increased 34 percent, while master's degrees grew by 154 percent and doctoral degrees by 108 percent. Minority student enrollment has tripled in actual numbers, from 15 percent (15,404) of total students in 1988 to 36 percent (49,553) in 2008.

"The foundation of our mission has always been expanding access to higher education to more and more students," said USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan. "Looking ahead to our third decade, demand for higher education will only grow as we serve an increasingly diverse student population."

For more highlights of USM history, visit our 20 Anniversary Exhibit on display at the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis, or view our online USM Timeline.

USM Welcomes Three New Regents

Three regents will join the USM Board of Regents on July 1. Norman R. Augustine, Frank M. Reid III, and Joshua L. Michael were nominated to the board by Governor Martin O'Malley and confirmed in March by the Maryland Senate.

Augustine and Reid replace Robert Mitchell and Robert Pevenstein, whose five-year terms conclude this June. Augustine is the former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin and also served as chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross for nine years. A recipient of the President's National Medal of Technology and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award, Augustine has a long and distinguished career in the defense industry as well as in public service. Reid has served as senior pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in Baltimore City for the past 20 years. A highly regarded speaker, author, and teacher, Reid is a graduate of Harvard and Yale universities and received his doctorate in ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Michael, a rising junior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), will serve a one-year term as student regent. He is studying political science and secondary education. He has served as the UMBC representative to the USM Student Council since 2006 and is currently a student commissioner on the Maryland Higher Education Commission.


USM Institutions Attract $1 Billion in Research Grants

USM's 13 institutions received more than $1 billion in external funding for research, education, and service in FY 2007. Private, federal, and state grants and contracts to the system's institutions totaled $1.08 billion, up 10.9 percent from FY 2006-an all-time high for USM.

External funding through private (corporations and foundations) and public grants and contracts supports a variety of endeavors by the system's faculty and students, including scientific and medical research, academic scholarship, commissioned studies, and public service projects.

During FY 2007, increases in external funding were seen at Coppin State University (up 10.1 percent); Towson University (up 10.1 percent); University of Baltimore (up 5.2 percent); University of Maryland, Baltimore (up 8.1 percent); University of Maryland, Baltimore County (up 4.6 percent); University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (up 30.7 percent); University of Maryland, College Park (up 16.5 percent); and University of Maryland University College (up 11.7 percent).

During the past six years, the amount of external research funding that USM receives annually has risen 38 percent, from $783.7 million in FY 2001 to $1.082 billion in FY 2007.


Enrollment to Rise 24 Percent by 2017

While recent studies predict a leveling in the number of high school graduates over the next decade, USM projects a 24 percent increase in its total enrollment by 2017. Total undergraduate headcount is expected to rise 23 percent, from a current 99,031 to 121,750, while graduate enrollment is projected to rise 25 percent during the same period, from a current 38,617 to 48,311 by 2017. Enrollment projections are critical for long- and short-term planning as USM assesses resources it will need--in facilities, services, personnel, and operating budgets--to accommodate an increasing number of students.

USM projects that most of the enrollment growth will occur at its comprehensive universities--Bowie State University (BSU); Coppin State University (CSU); Frostburg State University (FSU); Salisbury University (SU); Towson University (TU); University of Baltimore (UB); and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)--and at its online university, University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Enrollments at the system's research universities--University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB); University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); and University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)--are expected to remain relatively stable over the next decade.


USM Graduate Programs Rank Among the Best

The release of U.S. News & World Report's 2009 America's Best Graduate Schools saw USM universities placing among the top programs and schools in the nation.

The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), had three programs place in the Top 5: the College of Education's Counseling/Personnel Services program (No. 1) and the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences Plasma Physics and Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics programs (No. 2 and No. 5 respectively). UMCP's national Top 50 schools included the Robert H. Smith School of Business (No. 39), Clark School of Engineering (No. 17), School of Public Policy (No. 25), and College of Education (No. 25)

The University of Maryland School of Law also made the nation's Top 100 law schools at No. 42.

For more information, visit USM in the National Rankings.

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