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2008 State New Economy Index Released

2008 State New Economy Index Released

Five states—Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey—are leading the United States’ transformation into a global, entrepreneurial and knowledge- and innovation-based New Economy, according to The 2008 State New Economy Index, released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

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System to listen for gunfire at Hopkins

System to listen for gunfire at Hopkins

The Johns Hopkins University will become one of the first colleges in the country to use a system of sensors around its campus that will enable police to instantly pinpoint the location of shootings. 

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Cash is the crop college presidents cultivate

Cash is the crop college presidents cultivate

Building and nurturing relationships is essential. And while development staffs identify prospective donors and lay out the benefits, presidents are involved at every step.  

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Textbook Affordability Summit Set for November 24; Register Online

Textbook Affordability Summit Set for November 24; Register Online

University System of Maryland (USM) Chancellor William E. Kirwan and the Board of Regents-joined by St. Mary's College of Maryland, Morgan State University, the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC), and the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA)-will host a summit to address the rising costs of textbooks and to explore ways to reduce costs while ensuring the highest quality and most relevant information available.

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The Cost of Debt Rises for Nonprofits

The Cost of Debt Rises for Nonprofits

Stevenson University President Kevin J. Manning recently got bad news from the college's financial adviser at Bank of America. The suburban Maryland school, which had sold $122 million worth of bonds chiefly to pay for a second campus and new dormitories, had set aside $8.5 million to cover its interest payments. But the banker warned that if the turbulence in the credit markets continued, that tab could rise to $10.2 million—a big bite for a school with an annual budget of $85 million.

 

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Struggling Economy Puts Colleges in a Tight Spot

Struggling Economy Puts Colleges in a Tight Spot

The economic crisis hit home at Frostburg State University quite suddenly, just as students were arriving for the start of the school year: A lender told financial aid director Angie Hovatter on Aug. 25 that it would not have money for about 200 student loans -- money she thought they were going to get the very next day.

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Daniels Elected 14th President of Johns Hopkins

Daniels Elected 14th President of Johns Hopkins

Ronald J. Daniels, the provost and chief academic officer of the University of Pennsylvania, was elected today as the 14th president of The Johns Hopkins University.  The university's board of trustees in a special meeting accepted a unanimous recommendation from its Presidential Search Committee.

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Notre Dame to start School of Education

Notre Dame to start School of Education

The College of Notre Dame hopes to offset a teacher shortage in Maryland with its new School of Education, President Mary Pat Seurkamp said. The school will be an expansion of the college's education department. Notre Dame's board of trustees voted unanimously Oct. 20 to establish the school with the start of the fall 2009 academic year.

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College of Notre Dame of Maryland starts education school to enroll 300

College of Notre Dame of Maryland starts education school to enroll 300

To help with the teacher shortage in Maryland, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland is creating a school of education that will enroll 300 more students. Next fall the college will begin offering two new programs for master’s degrees in education and another five-year program in which students can earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. 

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Preservation Maryland Honors MICA President Fred Lazarus Nov. 5

Preservation Maryland Honors MICA President Fred Lazarus Nov. 5

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) President Fred Lazarus IV will be honored with Preservation Maryland’s Stewardship Award at the historic preservation organization’s annual meeting and reception Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Maryland Club, One Eager Street.  

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State's teacher shortage appears to be easing

State's teacher shortage appears to be easing

Maryland's perennial teacher shortage may be easing for the first time in several years, a result of increased emphasis on producing better-trained teachers from the state's colleges and universities and a steady enrollment trend, according to state officials.

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As one fund falters, colleges look for another place to invest cash

As one fund falters, colleges look for another place to invest cash

Some days you just get lucky. For Tom Phizacklea, vice president for finance at Goucher College, that day was Sept. 29. Phizacklea, after a dizzying month of financial turmoil on Wall Street, decided to take the school’s investment cash out of a Connecticut-based fund backed by Wachovia Corp. and put it in the bank.  

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240 Stevenson Volunteers to Help Youth Dreamers Build New Center

240 Stevenson Volunteers to Help Youth Dreamers Build New Center

Members of the Stevenson University community will participate in a "Building Community Service Day" to help the Youth Dreamers of Waverly restore and open a new community center. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, from 8 a.m. to noon, and continues from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Goucher College buying renewable energy certificates

Goucher College buying renewable energy certificates

Goucher College will purchase renewable energy from Constellation Energy's NewEnergy subsidiary to match part of the college’s electricity consumption.  Constellation will provide Towson-based Goucher with renewable energy certificates to match 25 percent of the school’s estimated electricity usage for the next three years.

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MICUA to Offer Incident Command Training for Emergency Responders

MICUA to Offer Incident Command Training for Emergency Responders

The Maryland Independent College and University Association will host a workshop on Incident Management Strategies for Colleges and Universities in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University Center for Public Health Preparedness on October 23, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Loyola's School Year Scholars Reading Enrichment Program Accepting Applications

Loyola's School Year Scholars Reading Enrichment Program Accepting Applications

Loyola College in Maryland’s Clinical Centers is currently accepting applications for its School Year Scholars reading enrichment program. The program is designed to give students in grades 1 – 12 individualized support in the areas of reading and writing, as well as a thorough reading assessment which can be shared with a child’s classroom teacher.

 

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Johns Hopkins University's research spending tops $1.5B

Johns Hopkins University's research spending tops $1.5B

Johns Hopkins University again tops all U.S. colleges and universities for research expenditures, spending $1.55 billion in fiscal year 2007.  The National Science Foundation ranked the university first among 20 U.S. academic institutions, marking its 29th year in the No. 1 slot. The university spent nearly $1.49 billion on research in fiscal year 2006.

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Students pitching in to help get out the vote

Students pitching in to help get out the vote

Dozens of McDaniel College students are turning their words in action by signing up to work as election judges at polling places across Carroll and Baltimore counties during the November election.  McDaniel was one of two Maryland colleges --- the other is the University of Baltimore --- and 25 others nationwide awarded grants this summer from the Help America Vote College Program.

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Loyola College and the Club at Collington Square Partner to Teach Biology to Baltimore Youth

Loyola College and the Club at Collington Square Partner to Teach Biology to East Baltimore Youth

A group of Loyola College in Maryland students recently began teaching environmental biology to youth at The Club at Collington Square, an academic- and community arts-based after-school program serving at-risk youth between the ages of 5 and 14 in East Baltimore’s Collington Square neighborhood. The Club is a program of Episcopal Community Services of Maryland.

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Interfaith journeys in a post 9/11 world

Interfaith journeys in a post 9/11 world

Last January, a Catholic nun from the College of Notre Dame and a Muslim imam from Baltimore County made the evening news in Morocco. They were making a joint visit to the North African country with an interfaith group of two dozen American travelers, including a woman from Tuscany-Canterbury. 

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Capitol College awarded five-year S-STEM grant

Capitol College awarded five-year S-STEM grant

On August 18, 2008, Capitol College was awarded a $586,000 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The NSF S-STEM program issues grants to higher education institutions to support scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students in order for them to enter the workforce in science and engineering disciplines after receiving their degree. 

 

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A President Becomes an Undergraduate

A President Becomes an Undergraduate

As a college president, Roger H. Martin always wanted to know what actually was going with students — not just in class, but in their minds and in their informal talks with one another. But he quickly discovered that age and title are significant barriers to getting close to students.

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Md. college aid requests surge

Md. college aid requests surge

A sluggish economy and uncertain job market are prompting a surge in applications for financial aid at universities and community colleges this year, as families struggle to pay for higher education in the face of layoffs and rising prices.  About 19 percent more students in Maryland applied for federal financial aid during the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, according to recently released data.

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Stevenson deals for more student housing

Stevenson deals for more student housing

Stevenson University is continuing its growth spurt with an $11 million acquisition of a 60,000-square-foot building at the foot of its Owings Mills campus.  The building will house 224 students by fall 2009. 

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Is There a Pharmacist in the House?

Is There a Pharmacist in the House?

In a world where chain drug stores are on just about every other corner and prescription medications are advertised on television nearly as much as their non-prescription counterparts, there is still a lack of qualified pharmacists. Additionally, the number of accredited pharmacy schools and programs around the country can not supply enough seats to educate the high number of qualified students who wish to enter the field. As a result, a number of colleges and universities are seizing the moment to establish pharmacy schools.

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