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Congratulations to the 2018 USM Board of Regents Faculty Award winners! #USMfacultyawards

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Thanks to my many dedicated and talented University System of Maryland colleagues who made today's Symposium on Diversifying the Faculty possible!

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I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Will Davila, the director of the UMass Center at Springfield, during last week’s bus tour. Will has gotten our system center in downtown Springfield off to a great start and is yet another example of a UMass graduate who is changing lives and transforming the future.
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The song used in our new “Here For a Reason” television advertisements is called “God’s Whisper” and was written and performed by the Atlanta-based Raury, who at the tender age of 18 seems bound for stardom, with a another of his works appearing in the soundtrack for the recently released film “The Mockingjay.” The music we’re using was suggested by our creative team at Boathouse Group and our VP for communications, Robert P. Connolly, zeroed in on the “something coming” refrain from the song, feeling that it captured the moment and mood at UMass. That feels right to me, as it’s very clear that UMass is coming on strong.
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I have an ever-growing pride in the University of Massachusetts. Our alumni are a truly special group and each story we have heard carries with it the value and importance of our institution. The impact that our graduates have on the Commonwealth and their communities is immeasurable. Please watch the video about our third and final day of our statewide bus tour at UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School.
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Congratulations to Bowie State University President Aminta Breaux! I expect Bowie State to grow under her guidance, and look forward to the years of leadership she will provide the university, the USM and the people of Maryland. https://www.bowiestate.edu/…/off…/presidential-inauguration/

Racing to Excellence Endowed Scholarship The scholarship was established in honor of President Breaux’s late father, Alex J. Woodley II, a renowned track and field coach. Your gift will inspire generations of students to run the race to excellence in academics and athletics. Donate Now
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One-third of undergraduates at the University System of Maryland's 14 universities and higher ed centers started at a Maryland community college. An ideal pathway for many of our students. https://www.nytimes.com/…/community-colleges-middle-class-f…

With college prices in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, more middle-class families are looking for ways to spend less for quality education.
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Making college accessible also means offering degree programs in convenient locations. At the University System of Maryland, we offer programs at 13 campuses and numerous campus satellite locations across Maryland, including two higher ed centers: The Universities at Shady Grove and University System of Maryland at Hagerstown. https://www.pbs.org/…/analysis-why-access-to-college-depend…

Geographic location is an important factor in determining not just where, but whether, a high school senior goes on to college. Factors like distance act like a price increase that affects some students but not others, regardless of their ability to benefit from college.
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It was with deep sadness that I learned last night of the passing of former Board of Regents Chair Cliff Kendall.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Cliff was a true and lifelong friend not only to his alma mater, but also to the entire University System of Maryland (USM). Over the years, he and his wife, Camille, contributed millions of dollars to fund initiatives – from student scholarships to the establishment of The Universities at Shady Grove – that made higher ed...ucation for Maryland students more affordable and accessible. Tens of thousands of USM students have already benefited from his generosity and stewardship, and his legacy will live on for generations to come.

On a personal note, I first met Cliff in 1995, after many years in academic leadership positions at Towson University and well before returning to Maryland as President of Towson University in 2003. Beyond his achievements as a business and civic leader or his role guiding the expansion of educational opportunities in Maryland, Cliff was a truly good, humane and gracious man, which is how his many friends will remember him.

Please join me in celebrating the life of Cliff Kendall, a wonderful leader, colleague and friend.

http://www.bethesdamagazine.com/…/Community-Leader-Cliff-K…/

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Congratulations to Salisbury University's Dining Services on being named among the top in the nation! http://www.salisbury.edu/news/article.html?ID=7830

Salisbury University Dining Services (UDS) is among the top collegiate dining programs in the nation, according to a recent survey by the National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS), which includes 484 member institutions. The survey was conducted on campus with over 1,800 p...
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Congratulations to Freeman Hrabowski on another richly deserved honor. http://digitaledition.baltimoresun.com/…/article_share.aspx… UMBC

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, the nationally known president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, has earned a lifetime achievement award from a higher education organization.
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USM is doing its part to raise college completion rates in Maryland. Last year, 26,280 students at USM's 11 universities earned bachelor's degrees, compared to 19,217 in 2009. #USMimpact

As USM’s chancellor and as board chair of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, I am extremely proud of this new center, the opportunities it presents for collaboration among public universities, and the promise it holds for increasing access, improving college completion, and advancing equity.

A new nationwide effort aims to boost degree completion and close the achievement gap. We look forward to working with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to convene clusters of institutions to develop and scale innovative practices. www.aplu.org/CPUT

Public university leaders have spent years creating and testing solutions to help students succeed in college, complete their degrees, and be well-prepared for the workforce. These efforts have achieved significant success at individual institutions, but have not been fully brought to scale across t...
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USM is producing more cyber degrees than ever (nearly double since 2012) to support Maryland's jobs and economy. USM’s new workforce initiative will add 3,000 new cyber, STEM, and health degrees per year. https://www.bizjournals.com/…/the-ingredients-execs-say-mar…

Maryland's cyber ecosystem still needs operating and executive talent, and what cyber investor Bob Ackerman calls "relevant capital."
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Proud to have helped unveil a bust of America's 44th president at Coppin State University this morning!

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This NPR piece highlights the need for a focus on higher education in rural America. The University System of Maryland provides access to affordable education throughout Maryland, with campuses in urban areas like Baltimore, as well as more rural ones (Frostburg State University, Salisbury University, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore). We are continuing to expand that access through our regional centers, The Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, University System of Maryland at Hagerstown in Western Maryland, hopefully soon, Southern Maryland. https://www.npr.org/…/whos-missing-from-america-s-colleges-…

Fewer than 1 in 5 rural adults ages 25 and older have college degrees.
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USM’s higher ed centers, The Universities at Shady Grove and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (and hopefully soon, Southern Maryland), are serving thousands of students living at a distance from USM’s 11 university campuses. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/millions-of-americans-ar…/…

New research shows 3.1 million Americans live more than 25 miles from an open-access public college and lack a suitable Internet connection needed for online education.
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New research shows the first year of college doesn't change students' political views, but instead makes them more open to the views of others, both conservative and liberal. https://www.insidehighered.com/…/research-suggests-colleges…

Study counters widely held views about how students' political views change when they arrive in college.
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