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  • When Aisha Armstrong started her freshman year at the Academy for College and Career Exploration in Northwest Baltimore, she wasn't worried about making it through the next four years; she was worried about making it through the next day on $2 sandwiches from Subway.

  • In 1977, I interviewed Hood College’s seventh and first woman president, Martha Church, for my editorial page column, “A Second Look.” “When you come into a job like this,” Church said, a year and a half into her presidency, “you know fund raising, budget, where you’re heading with your faculty and students. It’s the side effects that keep things really interesting.”

  • Liberal arts schools are enduring an unrelenting attack in the public media. Critics of higher education rail against the excessive cost of a college education and the high rate of student debt and default. In linking college completion with potential income and job skills, liberal arts majors have fallen prey to the old question of "what can you do with that major?"

  • Every prospective teacher in the state must undergo a stint of student teaching, in the hopes that firsthand experience in schools will cement their career choice. Education classes at Mount St. Mary’s University take that requirement a step further, offering their students other opportunities to learn the logistics of teaching work outside the classroom — like planning a field trip.

  • What means the most when it comes to the memories and experiences of a modern day Renaissance man like Jose Antonio Bowen, the 52-year-old president of Goucher College?

  • Loyola University Maryland President Rev. Brian Linnane announced he will be taking a sabbatical from the school for six months this fall.

  • Notre Dame of Maryland University has been granted non-governmental organization status by the United Nations’ Department of Public Information, the first Maryland university to receive the designation.

  • Simon Newman has done private equity. He's started multiple businesses and raised billions of dollars. He's been in consulting, working with companies like Disney and Universal Studios.

  • While Washington Adventist Hospital makes plans to reduce its presence in Takoma Park, Washington Adventist University, near the medical center, is heading in the opposite direction.

  • Maryland Superintendent of the Year Stephen Guthrie credits his McDaniel graduate school experience — both as a student and as an educator — for much of his career success. “I had wonderful preparation on both sides of the desk,” says Guthrie, who is serving in his fifth year as chief of Carroll County Public Schools.

  • The Task Force on Federal Regulations of Higher Education, established by a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators, released its report in February. Based on the findings, American colleges and universities must comply with 2,000 pages of statutory laws and regulations. Moreover, the Department of Education issues official guidance to amend or clarify these rules at a rate of one document per work day.

  • Governor Larry Hogan has declared February 18 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day” in recognition of the vital role Maryland’s independent colleges and universities serve in the State, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation.

  • A lifelong scholar who currently serves as the chief academic officer at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania has been selected as the next president of Hood College. Andrea E. Chapdelaine, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa., will become Hood’s 11th president July 1, succeeding Ronald J. Volpe, who is retiring June 30 after 14 years as president.

  • The Johns Hopkins University is expanding its business incubator program with the addition of a new location in East Baltimore to supplement the existing location near the university’s Homewood campus.

  • The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) presented the 29th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award to Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, for his tireless work on behalf of the liberal arts and private higher education, and for setting an example for all who would seek to advance educational opportunity in the United States.