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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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