USM Regents Committee on Education Policy and Student Life Meets Oct. 15

Adelphi, Md. (Oct. 11, 2013) - The Committee on Education Policy and Student Life of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents will meet in public session at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15.

The committee will hear several information items at the meeting, to be held in the multi-purpose room of the Christopher Columbus Center, 710 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore.

The committee will conduct a review of its role and function, in order to refine the agenda for the current academic year. It will also discuss a charge from the Board of Regents to examine the complexities of financial aid and develop recommendations to the full board on how financial aid can enhance degree completion.

Other information items before the committee include a presentation from representatives of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium and an update on the Maryland Open Source Textbook Initiative.

The committee also will hear reports on academic programs delegated to the Chancellor for 2012-13 and the success of new academic programs approved during the past five years. The committee then will vote on whether to reconvene in closed session. In closed session, the Committee would meet to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice regarding the U.S. District Court's decision issued (Oct. 7, 2013) in the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, et al. v. Maryland Higher Education Commission, et al.

The agenda and related materials, including those pertaining to the vote on a motion to adjourn and reconvene in closed session, are available at

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. Parking is available in a number of public garages near the Center, all visible from Pratt Street.


Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719