USM Regents Meet Friday, December 1: Agenda Includes BRAC Waivers, SAT-Optional Admissions Study

ADELPHI, Md. (November 27, 2006) - The waiver of residency requirements for relocating defense contractor employees under BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure Commission) 2005 and a pilot study of SAT-optional admissions are among the topics to be addressed at the upcoming meeting of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents. The public meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 1, 2006. It will be held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room (Room 2129) of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute/Center for Advanced Research in Biology II (UMBI/CARB II), 9600 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland.

The meeting will open with a report from Chancellor William E. Kirwan and a presentation of USM's annual dashboard indicators, used to benchmark and to assess progress across the system's 13 institutions.

These updates will be followed by several information/discussion items that include:

  • Reports from the University System Presidents, Faculty, Staff and Student Councils;
  • USM's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Teacher Initiative;
  • FY 2008 Operating Budget Request;
  • Annual Report on Contingent Category II Employee Conversion to Regular Status;
  • Collective Bargaining Memoranda of Understanding for Towson University and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Sworn Police Officers (SPO) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).

Also during the Friday meeting, the board is scheduled to take action on the following:

  • New bachelor of science programs in history and in professional golf management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore;
  • Salisbury University's proposed five-year pilot study of an SAT-optional admissions process for applicants with a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher;
  • Waiver of 12-month residency requirement for defense contractor employees (including spouses and dependent children) transferred to Maryland under BRAC.

At its October 27th meeting, the board approved a similar waiver for civilian employees of the U.S. Armed Forces relocating under BRAC. The waiver allows these employees and their families to qualify for in-state tuition rates without the 12-month residency requirement.

To access the full agenda, visit: Background information and agendas 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.

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Contact: John Buettner
Phone: 301.445.2719