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May 1, 2013
To understand what Fred Lazarus accomplished during his 35 years as president of the Maryland Institute College of Art , one need only look at the gleaming concrete-and-glass structure housing the school's Brown Center for new media. The rakishly angled building rising above the school's Mount Royal Avenue campus symbolizes the future of both art and higher education in America as surely as the stately neoclassical building across the street from it reflects its past. Mr. Lazarus, who announced this week that he will step down as president in 2014, had the genius to see that future and the skill to build it in Baltimore.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, has been named the new executive vice president and provost at Penn State University, the college announced Friday. Jones was selected from a nationwide search, according to a release from the university, and will start his post on July 1. His appointment is scheduled to be approved by Penn State's Board of Trustees on May 3. Penn State's president Rodney Erickson, who recently served in the position, said Jones "brings with him board experience in higher education" and "will be an important voice as we continue our trajectory of top-flight academic achievement and set priorities for the university's future.
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By Bernard C. “Jack” Young | March 26, 2013
For many Marylanders, Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed fiscal year 2014 budget includes plenty to celebrate. The governor's "balanced approach" to budgeting translates into increased employment, health care benefits for additional families and continued investment in programs that directly support primary education. The governor's budget also includes encouraging signs that Maryland's recovery from the Great Recession is gathering steam. But despite those successes, the budget fails to fully invest in some of our state's brightest minds.
NEWS
March 11, 2013
Thanks to Joseph Urgo, president of St. Mary's College of Maryland, for his editorial smackdown of those who think of higher education only as vocational training ("Why we need the liberal arts," March 3). His point about preparing students to really think about what makes a meaningful life versus just learning to "make a living" was well taken. It also makes me proud that our education system in Maryland supports the broader educational outlook that is only possible through rigorous study of the great philosophers, artists and thinkers who have done the most to shape our world.
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By Javier Miyares | February 26, 2013
Nineteen thousand four hundred thirteen. Focus on that number. Like so many numbers in news articles, you might easily have skipped over 19,413. But this is an important number for what is happening in Maryland higher education. According to the Cyber Security Jobs Report issued this month, this is the number of job openings in Maryland, as of October 2012, for qualified cybersecurity professionals. These are good, high-paying jobs. They are in such demand that the unemployment rate for people who qualify for them must be nearly zero.
NEWS
February 10, 2013
The decision last week by Morgan State University's governing board to oust Dallas R. Evans as chairman appears to have been the culmination of a bitter struggle over the school's leadership between Mr. Evans and University President David Wilson. In December, Mr. Evans tried to orchestrate Mr. Wilson's dismissal after only 21/2 years on the job by persuading the school's 15-member Board of Regents not to renew the president's contract when it ends in June. But then an outpouring of support for Mr. Wilson from students, faculty members and community leaders forced the board to reverse its decision a few weeks later.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
A division of the World Bank Group announced Wednesday that it has invested $150 million in Laureate Education Inc., giving the international development organization a small stake in the Baltimore-based global higher education company. "It's an incredibly strong endorsement for the company," said Douglas L. Becker, Laureate's chairman and CEO, of the investment by the International Finance Corp. and its affiliate, the IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund. With annual revenue of about $4 billion, Laureate does not need the money but is eager to have the backing of an investor led by members of international governments, he said.
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The Baltimore Sun Staff | January 19, 2013
Steven Muller, former president of the Johns Hopkins University and a major figure in American higher education, died Saturday of respiratory failure at his Washington home. He was 85. A child refugee from Nazi Germany who went on to earn a doctorate in political science at Cornell University, Dr. Muller became the president of Hopkins in 1972. Over the next 18 years, he directed the most ambitious growth of the institution since its founding in 1876, enhancing the national and global prestige of the institution he shepherded.
NEWS
January 15, 2013
The gas tax is just about the most regressive tax that exists in a place like Maryland, where living in a safe community with good schools means one must live in the suburbs ("Va. takes the lead," Jan. 10). Taxing the gasoline that people need to work, to acquire higher education, to seek medical care and to buy food makes as much sense - i.e. none - as paying for: •K-12 education by charging parents tuition equal to the cost per child, with higher fees for parents of special needs children since they are so much more expensive to educate than other children; •Police services by charging a fee to each victim of an accident or crime; •Firefighting by charging a fee per fire or accident or per life saved; •Snow removal by charging property owners a fee per foot of property frontage; Paying for highways and supporting public transportation with a gas tax makes no more sense than funding other essential public services through user fees.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
The current political divide in Congress offers an opportunity for Americans to have a conversation about federal spending, which should not be confused with investing federal dollars to grow the economy ("Trouble ahead," Jan. 2). Are continuing to rebuild our infrastructure and educating our children an appropriate use of federal dollars? I believe they are, and here's why: College affordability remains an issue for most students and their families, despite the 2012 Pell Grant appropriation of $30.3 billion.
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