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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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