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Schools of Education Lend Expertise and Support to The East Baltimore Community School

The Johns Hopkins University School of Education and Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies have joined forces in a university-school initiative to help transform the East Baltimore Community School into one of the best schools in the city. The EBCS, an elementary/middle school temporarily located at 1101 N. Wolfe St. near the Johns Hopkins University East Baltimore campus, is a contract school for approximately 260 students in kindergarten and first, second, third sixth and seventh grades. Grades four, five and eight will be added incrementally.

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Counterterrorism Experts Will Convene at Washington College To Assess National Security a Decade After the 9-11 Attacks

Marking the 10-year anniversary of the Al-Qaeda attacks on the United States, a panel of top counterterrorism experts will convene at Washington College on Thursday, September 8, for an important dialogue on the current state of national security. The event will begin at 5 p.m. in Decker Theatre on the Chestertown campus and will be simulcast through the College website, www.washcoll.edu.

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Linnane Named Chair of Maryland Independent College and University Association

The Board of Trustees of the Maryland Independent College and University Association elected Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., President of Loyola University Maryland, as Chair of the Board effective July 1, 2011. Elected by unanimous vote of the MICUA Board of Trustees—which includes the presidents of 16 private colleges and universities in Maryland—Fr. Linnane will lead the organization in implementing its strategic objectives.

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Local officials, Maryland college presidents tour APG

The Harford County Executive David Craig and nine college presidents from across Maryland visited Aberdeen Proving Ground July 28. Senior administrators also participated in the visit, including representatives of eight MICUA colleges and universities: Capitol College, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, McDaniel College, Maryland Institute College of Art, and Stevenson University.

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Loyola University Named One of the Best in the US

A big honor in higher education. Loyola University Maryland made Princeton Review’s Best Colleges in the Nation list. Mary Bubala reports some say this survey counts more than others because it’s purely based on student opinion. Loyola University has been growing and expanding, and students like what they see. The school is one of the best colleges in the country, according to the Princeton Review.

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Hundreds drawn to inaugural Govanstowne Farmers’ Market

Partnering with neighbors who expressed a need for access to fresh, healthy food, Loyola University Maryland and the York Road Partnership hosted the first Govanstowne Farmers’ Market on July 20. Close to 300 people stopped by throughout the afternoon to shop for local produce and meats, handmade crafts, breads, and sustainable prepared food on one of the hottest days of the summer.

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A city tradition now, but Artscape wasn't always a sure thing: The first festival in 1982 was cold and wet, and crowds were by no means guaranteed

"None of us had ever planned a festival before," says Fred Lazarus, president of the Maryland Institute College of Art and one of the early organizers. "We figured it out as we went along. We had to decide how to distribute the crowds, where people were going to park, where to put the food vendors," he said. "The fact that Artscape survived is remarkable."

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Private College Tuition Increases 4.6 Percent for 2011-12; Institutional Student Aid Up 7 Percent

Published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges and universities are increasing an average of 4.6 percent for the 2011-12 academic year, while institutional student aid is growing by an average of 7 percent, according to a survey of member institutions conducted by the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).

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Small grants, big impact: Urban Health program funds JHU-community collaborations

In the Finding Our Wings community documentary program, Baltimore teen girls record their journeys through high school and into womanhood—from exams and what not to wear to the prospects of college placement and unintended pregnancy. The short, poignant documentaries tell an inner-city coming-of-age story through the lens of a pocket-size Flip or a professional camcorder. Co-founded by a Maryland Institute College of Art faculty member in 2006, the program features a small rotating cadre of students from six Baltimore high schools: Edmonson-Westside, Dunbar, Reach Academy, Carver Vocational, Frederick Douglass and Western.

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China’s Tasly Group Confirms New Biotech Jobs For Maryland

By locating in the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center, which over the coming years will be transformed into a mixed-use biotech hub via the Great Senenca Science Corridor Plan, Tasly will be well-positioned to establish research and development collaborations with renowned research institution Johns Hopkins University, and the many other premiere biotech companies and health partners located there, said Montgomery County, Maryland County Executive Isiah Leggett.

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Mount St. Mary’s to become home to large solar farm

Mount St. Mary's University will soon be home to one of the largest solar photovoltaic power farms in the nation.

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Capitol College to Cosponsor National Science Education Conference

Hundreds of people working at all levels of education and outreach in space, earth, and physical science will gather at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific meeting cosponsored by the American Geophysical Union, Capitol College and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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Capitol College Earns Prestigious 2010 Gold MarCom Award

Capitol College has earned the prestigious 2010 Gold MarCom Award for the "My Dream. My School," advertising campaign created in collaboration with The Design Channel. The Gold Award is given to entries whose ability to communicate puts them among the best in the field and is awarded to projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement. The MarCom Awards receive over 9,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.

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Chinese students a growing presence at MICA

Far from clinging to their daughter, Rose He's parents urged her to pursue an art degree 7,500 miles from home. Like many Chinese families, they thought an American diploma could lead to a better job.

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St. John’s College maintains liberal arts focus even as economic downturn rattles academia

Christopher Nelson is completing his 20th year as president of St. John's College in Annapolis, one of the nation's oldest and most distinctive schools, where there are no academic departments. At this college devoted to great works of Western civilization, Nelson has become a national spokesman for the liberal arts, a visible and passionate defender of learning for learning's sake.

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Seurkamp to retire as Notre Dame president after 2011-2012 academic year

Mary Pat Seurkamp will retire as president of the College of Notre Dame after the 2011-2012 academic year, she announced Monday in a letter to the college's board of trustees. "Leadership requires us to build a strong foundation for the next generation of leaders," wrote Seurkamp, who will retire after her 15th year as president.

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McDaniel alumna Michelle Shearer to be named National Teacher of the Year at White House Ceremony

Michelle Meredith Shearer M.S. ’96 knows that chemistry is everywhere, and believes that chemistry is for everybody. It is a philosophy that not only empowers her teaching – whether at the Maryland School for the Deaf or Urbana High School in Frederick County – but also helped her students from all backgrounds and abilities see themselves as scientists and gain recognition of this master teacher at the highest level. Shearer will be named 2011 National Teacher by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on May 3, 2011.

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Urbana Teacher No. 1 in U.S.

When Michelle Shearer's students next see her in class, they will be looking at the nation's top teacher. The Urbana High School advanced placement chemistry teacher on Sunday was named the National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

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Solar Farm Agreement signed with Constellation Energy

Mount St. Mary's University President Thomas H. Powell has signed an agreement with Constellation Energy that will create one of the largest solar farms on any private college campus in the United States. This partnership to produce clean, sustainable energy continues a legacy of commitment to environmental science at the Mount.

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Morgan, Hopkins to be part of team receiving $95.8 million from NASA

Morgan State University and the Johns Hopkins University are part of a group that has received a $95.8 million grant from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to conduct Earth-based research on the atmosphere, oceans and planet surface.

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McDaniel students help design the classes they're taking

As a professor of art history at McDaniel College, Gretchen McKay always assumed that a student's favorite assignment was the one that could be knocked out in a few easy minutes. As a student who had taken McKay's courses, Joanna Boccio thought her professors threw together class sessions with little planning and less anxiety. It turned out that neither had the other pegged exactly right.

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Good Neighbors - Colleges and universities build strong bonds with nearby communities

Rev. Brian F. Linnane was one month into his job as president of Loyola University in Baltimore when Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. As he watched the disaster unfold on television, he was struck by just how quickly the city's fabric was shredded, and by the similarities between The Big Easy and Charm City.

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Unlikely allies: House Republicans, academics target higher ed regulations

College professors and administrators are generally regarded as having liberal political views. But they seem to have at least one opinion in common with Congressional Republicans: Higher education is over-regulated.

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Don’t balance federal budget at the expense of college student aid

The fundamental challenge facing President Obama and the 112th Congress in balancing the federal budget is preserving the nation’s economic strengths and core values. The measure of their success in maintaining the nation’s priorities will not be known for years to come. As a result, some may be tempted to ignore long-term consequences for immediate budget relief. This is a mistake the nation cannot afford.

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College of Notre Dame adds majors to prep for university status

As the College of Notre Dame of Maryland gets ready to become a university, it has added several new undergraduate majors and graduate programs to accommodate more students and a changing job market.

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College of Notre Dame Introduces Environmental Sustainability Major

College of Notre Dame of Maryland School of Arts and Sciences is launching a major in Environmental Sustainability. The interdisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to study the relationships between environmental concerns and social, political and economic institutions.

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Md. in jeopardy of losing $71M in Pell Grant funds

A bill that has passed in the U.S. House and is moving to the Senate could cut financial aid for some of Maryland’s most needy students by as much as $71 million.

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Hopkins nursing school moves to No. 1 in U.S. News rankings

The Johns Hopkins University has the No. 1 nursing school in the country according to rankings of graduate programs released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

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Baltimore International College freezes 2011-2012 tuition costs

Baltimore International College (BIC) is freezing 2011-2012 tuition costs in an effort to help make college more affordable for families and students, especially during hard economic times.

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Cutting education, research spending shortchanges the future

President Barack Obama's heart was in the right place when he made his Valentine's Day visit to a technology middle school in Parkville. Yet even as the president sought to encourage investment in education, the new spending plans of both the administration and House Republicans spell bad news for America's role as a knowledge and innovation leader.

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