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After the riots, Baltimore’s best shot at redemption may be its arts community

On the April day when Freddie Gray died from injuries he suffered in police custody and a week before rioters took to the streets in protest, Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, gave a PowerPoint presentation to a small group of Baltimoreans about the future of their city.

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College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one.

Pick up any paper or magazine, and you’re likely to see a front-page article on college: It costs too much, spawns too much debt, is or isn’t worth it. I entered academia 52 years ago as a student of Latin and Greek expecting to enter a placid sector of American life, and now find my chosen profession at the center of a media maelstrom.

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Community gardening group branches out with urban forest program

The birds were chirping and the trees stood tall as Miriam Avins went walking in a patch of urban woods. Located between a CVS Pharmacy and the Govans-Boundary Parish United Methodist Church on southbound York Road, the woods didn't look like much: dotted with poison ivy, invasive English ivy, trash and a campsite near a concrete pipe, where a man, possibly homeless, appears to lay his head at night.

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Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab tackles new frontiers

Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory has been the hidden mastermind behind some of the nation’s most influential technologies for 73 years. Now the Howard County institution is going deeper into the medical world, while maintaining its foothold in national security and space exploration projects.

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Volpe reflects on his days at Hood

Hood College President Ron Volpe started his career as a sports reporter for the Erie Times in Pennsylvania. Even when he left that gig, it was with clear plans that did not include running, or even working at, a college.

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Johns Hopkins President Daniels pledges to hire local workers for new building project

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels on Friday touted the newest addition to the Science + Technology Park in East Baltimore as a testament to the institution’s dedication to creating jobs and hiring locally.

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Calvert Hall grad wins $62,000 Washington College literary prize

Alexander R. Vidiani, a Calvert Hall graduate from Hunt Valley, won the largest student literary prize in the nation Friday. A panel of professors selected the 22-year-old Washington College senior as the winner of the school's Sophie Kerr Prize, which this year is worth $62,900.

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Brookings ranks Loyola in top 2% for value added to economic success of graduates

Loyola University Maryland is ranked in the top 2 percent of more than 2,400 four-year U.S. colleges and universities for economic value added to the mid-career salary of its alumni, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.

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Collaboration focuses on neighborhoods and businesses along York Road

McCabe Avenue was once having a rough time with its neglected housing, but there is hope in the air this spring. Some 26 vacant properties along the street are being substantially renovated, thanks to the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake. Its volunteers and the families coming to the homes are making a substantial difference.

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Former FDIC Chair Sheila Bair Named 28th President of Washington College

Sheila C. Bair, the former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and a renowned advocate for financial reform, has been named the 28th president of Washington College, the historic liberal arts college on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

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Baltimore’s colleges ponder how they can help fix a broken city

The rioting, looting, arson, and vandalism that happened here this week might have horrified people across the country, watching it unfold on 24-hour news channels and Facebook feeds. But no one in this city should have been surprised.

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For universities, discussion and healing as well as marches

University students and faculty from around Baltimore are marching and protesting the death of Freddie Gray, but they’re also positioning themselves as healers and discussion leaders following this week’s riots.

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Thread, a Baltimore nonprofit, weaves students' lives together

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.

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Hood presidents through the years

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.”

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Liberal arts teach critical thought

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?"

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Mount St. Mary’s Teaching Plan Features Real-Life Situations

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.

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Take 10 with Jose Antonio Bowen, Goucher College president

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?

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Loyola University Maryland president announces sabbatical

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

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Notre Dame of Maryland University is the First Maryland University Granted United Nations NGO Status

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.

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This private equity CEO left the industry to lead Mount St. Mary's University

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.

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Takoma Park university plans to expand health professions building: Washington Adventist University hopes to start construction next year

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.

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Superintendent of the Year credits McDaniel

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.

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Task Force on Federal Regulations of Higher Education Releases Report

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.

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Governor declares Feb. 18 "Maryland Independent Higher Education 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.

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Hood names 11th president

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.

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Hopkins adds second business incubator

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.

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NAICU Presents 29th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award to St. John’s College (MD) President Christopher B. Nelson

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.

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Arts, crafts and high end math

As part of an innovative seminar offered during McDaniel’s three-week “Jan Term” program, math professor Ben Steinhurst delved into the history of hyperbolic geometry—and used the art of crocheting to help students grasp its elusive properties.

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Chris Nelson’s Blog: Myths About Attending College—Part III

The President of St. John’s College addresses the hype about college affordability and accountability, based on facts collected by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Here he debunks the myths that are harming prospective students and their parents.

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Johns Hopkins to give $15M to young faculty researchers over next 3 years

Johns Hopkins University will give $15 million to promising young researchers over the next three years. Two new grants, totaling $15 million over three years, are intended for early-career researchers, who are increasingly being passed up for federal research grants.

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