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Loyola launches first-year program that allows students to take a “Gap Year, Without the Gap”

Loyola University Maryland announced the launch of a unique "gap year without the gap" program that allows students to spend their first year of college abroad while still earning credits and graduating on time. Developed in collaboration with Verto Education, the program enables students to see the world and earn general education credits before continuing their studies on campus at Loyola.

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Job Opening: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Vice President for Academic Affairs – The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), a non-profit association which has as its mission the representation, coordination, and impassioned advocacy on behalf of independent higher education in Maryland, is seeking an experienced individual to assist in providing academic policy leadership as well as directing and facilitating the collection and analysis of research and other information.  

The successful candidate must have the ability to manage a diversity of internal and external constituencies, effective public-speaking skills, the capacity for hard work in an intense and challenging environment, and an understanding and appreciation of the nature of independent higher education and the issues important to academe. In addition to academic policy leadership and the direction and facilitation of research collection and analysis, the Vice President is responsible for: assisting with the capital grants process; assisting with state and federal government relations and lobbying activities; advocating for financial aid for independent students; representing MICUA on various state and national policy forums; and coordinating other projects and initiatives as assigned by the President.

A graduate degree in a related discipline or juris doctor is required. At least 5 years of experience effectively navigating the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), advocating before Congress and/or the Maryland General Assembly, and managing academic policies that are important to the independent higher education sector is preferred. A candidate is expected to exhibit a proven history of competence in management; progressive experience with academic policy development; positive social relationships and interactions with colleagues, supervisors, and other stakeholders; a willingness to challenge and attempt to exceed expectations; and strong written and oral communication skills.

The position is salaried between $100,000 and $150,000 and offers a full range of benefits, including health, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance. MICUA does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or employment with the organization.

Please email a resume and a letter of interest that includes three professional references to: Ashley Swift, Manager of Business Operations, at aswift@micua.org. Candidates may also submit letter(s) of recommendation for consideration. The position remains open until filled; however, letters of interest must be received by January 18, 2021, to guarantee full consideration.

McDaniel College names provost Julia Jasken next president, effective June 1

Julia Jasken started as an English professor at McDaniel College back in 2003, when the school had its first woman president.

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Loyola adds endowed professor in innovation to advance scientific research in biohealth

Loyola University Maryland has named Michael Tangrea, Ph.D., '96, as an endowed professor in innovation to expand research in biohealth and promote economic and entrepreneurial success in the state of Maryland. The endowed professorship, which is the first in Loyola’s department of Natural and Applied Sciences, is funded in part by the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), which is administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce.

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How Hood College succeeded with on-campus learning

There have been many stories regarding outbreaks of COVID-19 on college campuses, sometimes leading to closures. The decision to resume on-campus learning this fall at Hood College was one of the most difficult of my presidency, but remote learning in the spring had proven to be a formidable barrier to our students’ continued academic progression.

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McDaniel College makes it through semester, finishing with fewer than 30 cases of COVID-19

Laura Midkiff, a junior at McDaniel College, said her decision to return to campus this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult. The Westminster resident said she could have commuted but she would have missed living on campus with her peers.

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NDMU launches fast-track degrees to help fill nursing vacancies

Amid an ongoing pandemic and national nurse shortage, Notre Dame of Maryland University has decided to launch a pair of accelerated bachelor's degree programs in nursing.

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NDMU Launches Doctorate Program in Occupational Therapy

Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) is expanding its opportunities in its professional academic programs by developing an occupational therapy doctorate (OTD).

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Hood College Graduate School Dean Wins National Award for Mentoring Contributions

April M. Boulton, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School at Hood College, was recognized at STEMconnector’s annual summit in October as a Trailblazer in Mentoring.

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McDaniel College recognized for excellence in grounds maintenance

The Professional Grounds Management Society® (PGMS®) has recognized McDaniel College for excellence in grounds maintenance.

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Johns Hopkins No. 10 in 'U.S. News' Best Global University rankings

Johns Hopkins moved up a spot to No. 10 in the annual U.S. News & World Report Best Global University Rankings released today, a year after moving up to No. 11 from No. 12 in the 2020 rankings.

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Loyola launches bachelor’s degree in sustainability management

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management introduced a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in sustainability management, the first program of its kind in Maryland and one of few in the nation. The interdisciplinary program prepares students to create sustainable solutions for businesses, the natural environment, and society.

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Loyola creates a new financial aid program to assist students who demonstrate significant financial need in Baltimore City

Loyola University Maryland is launching the Charm City Pell Promise Program to recognize high achieving Baltimore City public, charter, and Catholic high school graduates from families who demonstrate significant financial need.

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Loyola faculty receive grant to virtually train first responders with the help of self-advocate educators

Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D., professor of speech-language and hearing sciences, and Leah Katherine Saal, Ph.D., associate professor of literacy, have been awarded a $26,933, one-year grant from the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) for their innovative project, “LEAD Program Online Regional Pilot for FIRE/EMS.”

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TurboVote ranks Loyola for 2nd consecutive year for voting initiatives

Turbovote ranked Loyola University Maryland No. 6 for the percentage of undergraduate students who signed up for TurboVote and No. 8 for the total amount of voter registration sign-ups between Aug. 1-Sept. 2, 2020.

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Stevenson University Online Model Suits Current Environment

For working professionals looking for a graduate program that fits a busy lifestyle, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Stevenson University Online offers a variety of affordable options.

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Loyola’s Sellinger School of Business MBA programs pass milestones

Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and Management enrolled 132 graduate students this year, a 12% increase over last year and a 32% increase over initial projections. Sellinger’s Emerging Leaders MBA program, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, enrolled 36 new students, a 44% increase over last year and the largest class since the program began in 2010.

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McDaniel College President Roger N. Casey announces retirement

McDaniel College President Roger N. Casey has announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2020–2021 academic year in June 2021.

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Hood College Launches Degree in Sustainability Studies

Hood College is launching a new Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies, and the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund Authority has granted $1 million to fund an endowed chair in the new program.

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Hood College Professor Awarded Fellowship

Hood College Assistant Professor of Sociology Simone Kolysh was awarded a Purdue University Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence Fellowship for the 2020 Conference for Assistant Professors.

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Hood College Ranks High on Four Major US News & World Report Lists

U.S. News & World Report ranked Hood College in four major lists in the north region: no. 17 in Best Value, no. 28 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, no. 28 in Best Colleges for Veterans and no. 56 in Best Regional Universities.

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Vickie Mazer joins McDaniel as Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies

Vickie Mazer has joined McDaniel College as the new dean of Graduate and Professional Studies following a national search.

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MSMU Receives NSF Grant to Foster STEM Transfer Path for FCC and MC Students

The National Science Foundation has awarded Mount St. Mary’s University (MSMU), in partnership with Frederick Community College (FCC) and Montgomery College (MC), an $899,926 Scholarships in Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (S-STEM) program grant that provides transfer pathways and scholarships for community college students to complete their bachelor’s degree at MSMU. The NSF S-STEM program aims to increase the number of low-income students earning degrees in STEM fields.

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NOAA to Fund Hood College Professor’s Lobster Research

Hood College is a collaborating institution on a National Sea Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) for research on lobster larvae in Maine.

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McDaniel again ranks No. 1 ‘Best Value’ regional university in the North by U.S. News

For the second consecutive year, McDaniel College tops U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Value Schools” and ranks among the best regional universities in the North in the “2021 Best Colleges” rankings.

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Money Magazine names Loyola a best value college

Loyola University Maryland has been named one of the nation’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” by Money Magazine in its 2020-2021 higher education value rankings.

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Johns Hopkins University Announces New DNP/MPH Dual Degree Program

Johns Hopkins University announced that students can earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice/Executive Master of Public Health (DNP/MPH) in as few as 3 years through a dual degree program that the university will launch in the summer of 2021.

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Hood College professors launch project to unite educators, problem-solve virtual learning challenges

Two Hood College professors know firsthand the challenges of teaching online during the coronavirus pandemic. With new state funding, they’ve created a program to help solve these hurdles.

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Independent Higher Education Day

Every year, MICUA brings together more than 150 college students and administrators to celebrate funding of the Sellinger Program and the strength and continued success of the students in independent higher education in Maryland. 

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed February 26, 2020 Maryland Independent Higher Education Day (IHED) and encouraged the people of Maryland to support independent institutions. The Governor’s proclamation was announced on the Senate floor by Senator Shelley Hettleman and on the House floor by Delegate Mark Chang, and all members of the General Assembly were encouraged to celebrate IHED. Approximately 150 students and staff attended IHED, representing all 13 State-aided MICUA institutions.

MICUA hosted IHED at the Governor’s Calvert House on State Circle in Annapolis. Senate President Bill Ferguson kicked off IHED with a keynote address. President Ferguson is a native to Maryland, born and raised in Silver Spring, and he currently represents District 46 in Baltimore City. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson University and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, he holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. President Ferguson described the path by which he went from classroom teacher to law student to politician to one of the youngest presiding officers in the State Senate. He spoke of both inspiring and humbling experiences along the way, and he challenged everyone in the room to demand nothing but the best of themselves, their colleagues, and their leaders. He had time for a few questions, and the students responded passionately and appreciatively to his remarks.

Following President Ferguson’s remarks, Sara Fidler gave a power point presentation that included key facts about MICUA and MICUA’s operating and capital budget requests, as well as tips and tricks to help the students successfully lobby members of the Maryland General Assembly. Students were given branded flash drives to leave behind as gifts for the legislators with whom they met. MICUA encouraged students to tweet about IHED and to tag pictures of themselves with legislators. Students arranged over 130 meetings with members of Maryland’s General Assembly.


Featured below are photos of MICUA students on Independent Higher Education Day 2020:

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Campus Presidents and their students chat with Legislators at the Legislative Breakfast Reception at the Governor Calvert House. 
Students gathered in the Maryland State House on their way to meet with Legislators. 
Goucher College President Kent Devereaux and students at their meeting with Delegate Mangione.
Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine gives the opening remarks in the Governor Calvert House Ballroom. 


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Students and administrators from Hood College gathered in the Maryland State House.
Students from the Maryland Institute College of Art wait to meet with Senator Cory McCray.
Mount St. Mary’s President Tim Trainor, Bill Davies, and students assembled in the Mike Miller Senate Building.
McDaniel College President Roger Casey and students pictured with their mascot, the Green Terror, in the House of Representatives.

Washington College Taps Wayne Powell As Interim President

A former mathematics professor-turned-higher education administrator has been tapped as Washington College's 32nd president, succeeding Kurt Landgraf.

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