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NDMU President Named One of The Daily Record’s Most Admired MD CEOs

The Daily Record has named Notre Dame of Maryland University President Marylou Yam one of Maryland’s 2021 Most Admired CEOs.

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Loyola University Maryland Announces Two New Study Abroad Programs

Loyola University Maryland will offer two new study abroad programs for the 2022-2023 academic year—one in Seoul, South Korea, and one in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

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St. John's College Presidential Search Successfully Completed

The Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John’s College has appointed Nora Demleitner, Roy L. Steinheimer Jr. Professor of Law at Washington and Lee University School of Law, as president of the college’s Annapolis campus. Demleitner’s appointment begins in January 2022.

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U.S. News Recognizes NDMU as a Best Value Leader

Offering exceptional quality in higher education, Notre Dame of Maryland University jumps to #27 on the 2022 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking for best value schools in the northern region and continues to rank as one of the nation’s top universities.

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McDaniel is #1 'Best Value' for third consecutive year

McDaniel College is again a top “Best Value” by U.S. News. This is the third consecutive year that McDaniel has been named #1 for academic quality and affordability on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Value Schools - Regional Universities North” list.

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Mount St. Mary’s Places Among Top in Maryland in U.S. News Best Regional Universities Rankings

Mount St. Mary’s University placed third among Maryland’s 12 ranked public and private regional universities, and 44th of 171 institutions in the North region in U.S. News & World Report ‘s Best Regional Universities rankings for 2022. The university also earned spots on the U.S. News lists for Best Value Schools and Best Colleges for Veterans.

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Loyola University Maryland opens a new academic building for innovation and collaborative learning

Loyola University Maryland celebrates the opening of the Miguel B. Fernandez Family Center for Innovation and Collaborative Learning—the most important large-scale academic renovation on Loyola’s Evergreen campus in 10 years. The dynamic, state-of-the-art building is designed to help students innovate, learn, collaborate, and propel their careers forward.

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Hood College Counseling Program receives accreditation through 2027

Hood College’s Master of Science in Counseling programs, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC), and School Counseling, have received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through 2027 following a review from the council board members.

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Mount St. Mary’s Enrolls Largest Number of Undergraduates Ever

The 2021-22 academic year is off to a successful start at Mount St. Mary’s University, with traditional face-to-face learning and student housing returning to a near-normal status. A record number of undergraduates are taking classes at the Emmitsburg campus this fall, with 1,907 full-time students enrolled in classes that started Monday, August 23. That figure was 1,899 in 2020-21.

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Loyola University Maryland signs renewable energy agreement

Loyola University Maryland will support clean energy development in Maryland by purchasing electricity generated by Friendship Solar Farm in West Friendship, Maryland. The university signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Chaberton Energy Holdings, which developed the solar farm. Chaberton Energy is a Maryland-based renewable energy company funded by Greenbacker Development Fund.

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Art Educator & NDMU Alumna Named Best in the Region

An art teacher and Notre Dame of Maryland University graduate was honored as the region’s top middle school art educator of the year by the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the leading organization for visual arts and design education professionals.

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Loyola to offer data science master’s program fully online

Loyola University Maryland will permanently offer its Master of Science in Data Science program in a fully online format starting this fall.

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Baltimore students complete mural through Loyola partnership

Ten 14- to 18-year-old students from the Govans neighborhood of Baltimore completed a mural called “Together Govans” depicting symbols representing love, unity, and community on the side of a two-story building at 4300 York Road. The work was part of a program supported by Loyola University Maryland’s York Road Initiative, a community development effort in the York Road and Govans neighborhoods of Baltimore.

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MICUA former President, Tina Bjarekull, has been named to Loyola’s Board of Trustees

Loyola University Maryland has announced the appointment of six new members to its Board of Trustees.

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Hood College welcomes largest first-year class in college history

Hood College will make history this week as it welcomes 334 first-year and 96 transfer students on Wednesday for move-in and day one of new student orientation.

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Mount St. Mary's President Tim Trainor Named Influential Marylander

Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., has been named to The Daily Record’s 2021 listing of Influential Marylanders.

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Five Mount St. Mary's University Students Awarded NSF Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships

Mount students who were awarded these prestigious fellowships are researching and developing detection methods of the COVID-19 virus, new alternatives for solar power production, improved methods to prepare complex drug molecules like pharmaceuticals and natural products, and the bacteria responsible for tuberculosis. Each REU-Site consists of a group of approximately 10 undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution; each student is associated with a specific research project where they work closely with the faculty and other researchers. Fellowships include stipends and funds for housing and travel.

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Chesapeake Bay Course Gives Notre Dame Students a Hands-on Education

A recent trip to Oregon Ridge Park was much more than a nature hike for about 15 Notre Dame of Maryland University students in a course focused on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary. It was a hands-on lesson to understand how the health of the bay and its tributaries impact the plants and animals that live in the environment.

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Loyola/Notre Dame Library names Katy O’Neill director

The Loyola/Notre Dame Library, which provides information services and resources to Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University, named Mary Catherine “Katy” O’Neill as library director. O’Neill, who was unanimously appointed by the library’s board of trustees, will begin in the role on Oct. 1.

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Washington College’s Starr Center places 27 students for summer internships with leading American cultural institutions

The Apollo Theater, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, the National Constitution Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and Library of Congress—these are just a few of the institutions where Washington College students are interning this summer through the College’s Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. The Starr Center has placed 27 students with internships as part of its Explore America internship program. Representing thirteen majors and all four class years, students are gaining valuable experience while earning stipends in the process.

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Loyola ranked among "Best Colleges & Universities in Maryland"

Loyola University Maryland was ranked No. 2 on the “Best Colleges & Universities in Maryland” list by College Consensus, a college review aggregator. College Consensus “averaged the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores,” according to the website.

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Job Opening at MICUA - Research Analyst

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 research support and analysis of both State and federal higher education statistics and related fiscal and employment data and information.

The successful candidate must have the ability to respond effectively and creatively to complicated requests for information. The successful candidate will have expertise in database management software, presentation software, visual representation of data, and spreadsheet manipulation, as well as experience with statistical and analytical methodologies and strong writing skills. At times, the work of MICUA is performed in an intense and challenging environment and the successful candidate will exhibit excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team.

The Research Analyst works collaboratively with the team and reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Responsibilities include: collecting and interpreting data and information from various sources; compiling and analyzing datasets to produce presentation elements; drafting reports and other documents; assisting with the representation of MICUA on workgroups; assisting with the facilitation of campus-based affinity groups; and coordinating the solicitation and collection of donor information for the Independent College Fund of Maryland.

A bachelor’s degree is required and a graduate degree in a related discipline or previous work experience as an institutional researcher is preferred. A candidate is expected to exhibit a proven history of positive social relationships and interactions with colleagues, supervisors, and other stakeholders and a willingness to be challenged and attempt to exceed expectations.

The position is salaried between $50,000 and $75,000 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, disability, religion, age, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law in recruitment, admission and access to, or employment with the organization. MICUA provides flexible work hours with the opportunity for both in person and telework engagement.

General Description:

The Research Analyst provides research support and analysis of both State and federal higher education statistics and related fiscal and employment data and information. Responsibilities include: creating tables, charts, graphs, dashboards, infographics, reports, and other documents to support the MICUA mission; researching matters that are responsive to requests of the MICUA team, MICUA member institutions, and key policy-makers and leaders including elected and appointed officials and their staff; and liaising with the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) and campus-based institutional researchers and financial aid officers. The Research Analyst additionally provides support for the Independent College Fund of Maryland. This position works collaboratively with the team and reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Specific Duties:

  • Collect, interpret, and synthesize data and information from MHEC, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey (NPSAS), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and other State and federal sources;
  • Compile and analyze datasets to produce tables, charts, graphs, dashboards, infographics, and other presentation elements showing the operational and fiscal impact of MICUA’s member institutions;
  • Coordinate with the Director of Communications to produce visually understandable presentation of data and information;
  • Conduct surveys and compile and analyze responses from MICUA member institutions;
  • Evaluate studies, reports, regulations, State and federal legislation, and other issues impacting higher education;
  • Draft reports and other documents that incorporate both qualitative and quantitative data and information that supports the MICUA mission and positions before State and federal officials;
  • Assist the Associate Vice President for Government and Business Affairs with the drafting of testimony for legislative bill hearings;
  • Assist with the interpretation of financial ratio analyses in support of the capital project grant request process;
  • Assist with the representation of MICUA on State agency and other workgroups and committees on issues relating to research, data collection and use, and institutional reporting;
  • Assist with the coordination and facilitation of meetings of campus-based affinity groups, including institutional researchers and financial aid officers;
  • Attend meetings of interest to MICUA member institutions;
  • Coordinate the solicitation and collection of donor information for the Independent College Fund of Maryland;
  • Identify relevant issues and trends that are likely to affect MICUA’s member institutions; and
  • Handle other responsibilities as assigned by MICUA leadership.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline is required
  • A graduate degree in a related discipline or previous work experience as an institutional researcher is preferred
  • Expertise in the use of database management software, presentation software (PowerPoint), and spreadsheet manipulation (Excel) is required
  • Experience with statistical and analytical methodology preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work well as part of a team
  • Advanced research and writing skills
  • Knowledge of information technology and web-based applications preferred

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 August 15, 2021, to guarantee full consideration.

Seven Loyola students receive Gilman Scholarship, setting a University record

Seven Loyola students receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, a University record for students awarded the scholarship in one year. The 2021 recipients include Angel Aubourg, ’22, Esther Agyeman Badu, ’23, Katherine FitzGerald, ’23, Christina Renée Gambrell, ’23, Julia Koller, ’23, Isis Ariana Santoni Morro, ’23, and Jacqueline Raquel Pineda, ’23.

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Notre Dame Seasoned Leader & Student Success Champion Named Athletic Director

A seasoned intercollegiate athletic leader and advocate for student success will join Notre Dame of Maryland University as the new director of athletics, after a national search.

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President Yam to Chair Board of Trustees for MICUA

Dr. Marylou Yam, President of Notre Dame of Maryland University, will become Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA) effective July 1, 2021.

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Annual Report Marks Johns Hopkins' Sustainability Achievements

Over the past fiscal year, Johns Hopkins University has reached several sustainability milestones, which are highlighted in the Office of Sustainability's 2021 Annual Report. These include a significant reduction of JHU's carbon emissions—down 30% since its 2008 baseline despite over 10% growth in campus square footage—as well as the university's trajectory toward meeting its 51% greenhouse gas reduction goal in 2022, three years early.

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Hood College names Vice President for Community and Inclusivity following national search

After a national search, Hood College has selected Tammi Simpson, J.D. as its first vice president for community and inclusivity. Simpson has served as a member of the student affairs senior leadership team at Washington and Lee University (W&L) since 2013, where she was responsible for developing and managing student affairs programming for seniors and third-year students; providing support to students; and serving in various roles related to student conduct hearings.

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McDaniel College Board of Trustees establishes the Dr. Roger Casey and Robyn Allers Impact Fund

The McDaniel College Board of Trusteeshas announced the establishment of the Dr. Roger Casey and Robyn Allers Impact Fund to provide financial support to first-generation college students.

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McDaniel College Board of Trustees presents Honorary Degree to MICUA President Emerita Tina Bjarekull

Tina Bjarekull, president emerita of the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA), was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by McDaniel College’s Board of Trustees. The presentation took place May 15 during the board’s annual spring meeting.

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Johns Hopkins University Computer Engineering Professor Vishal Patel Receives NSF CAREER Award

The National Science Foundation has selected Vishal Patel, an assistant professor in Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, for its Early CAREER Award, which recognizes early stage scholars with high levels of promise and excellence, the university said in a March 24 news release.

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