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By Robert B. Reich | March 7, 2012
Rick Santorum called the president "a snob" for wanting everyone to get a college education. (In fact, President Barack Obama never actually called for universal college education but only for a year or more of training after high school.) Mr. Santorum needn't worry. America is already making it harder for young people of modest means to attend college. Public higher education is being starved, and the middle class will shrink even more as a result. Over the last year, 41 states have cut spending for public higher education.
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January 30, 2014
I appreciated Dan Rodricks recent column about American "exceptionalism" ( "Expecting the horrible is the American way," Jan. 25). Some years ago when I conducted student travel-study semesters in various European countries with, among other things, well-functioning transportation systems, my students had no problem recognizing that some things were indeed better in Europe. After our return I asked them about this, and their answer was: "The U.S. is still the best country.
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September 25, 1999
EVERYONE who loves college sports applauds the opportunity afforded athletes who get scholarships to big time programs. Competition, travel and the challenges of university life in the NCAA's Division I surely broaden and educate. The joy of victory and the agony of defeat are lessons for life.The growth of international basketball leagues -- with many more jobs for players -- represent another reason to nurture hoop dreams.But the name of the game is still education -- and not just because the athlete will need another source of income some day. The nation's colleges and universities need to be held accountable for the bargains they make -- and too often break.
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By Jay Bernstein | January 2, 2014
Over 200 years ago, political theorist and philosopher Edmund Burke memorably remarked: "The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing. " This truism comes to mind when assessing the reaction of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to the recent vote by the American Studies Association (ASA) in favor of an academic boycott of Israel. The ASA, of which UMBC is an institutional member, is the nation's oldest and largest association dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of American history and culture.
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February 8, 1999
REP. THOMAS M. Davis III of Virginia first floated the idea of charging Washington, D.C. college students in-state tuition at Maryland and Virginia public colleges last month.The idea is a good one. So good, in fact, that before the Republican congressman could fine-tune his proposal, President Clinton included it in his budget request to Congress last week.Never mind that the $17 million the president requested was $10 million more than Mr. Davis had envisioned in the program's first year.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 24, 2003
The moment registration opens, Michele D. Hannah dives for courses with the fury of a fifth-year college student vexed by a constant riddle. "When will I get the classes I need to graduate?" said Hannah, Class of "I have no idea" at the University of Iowa. Classes have gotten so tight, or so scarce, that Hannah says she trolls the university's Web site like a day-trader, checking every few hours for the stray course opening that might suddenly appear. But it probably will not. Many public universities - after whittling away at staff, coaxing faculty members to juggle more classes, stripping sports teams and trusting aging roofs to hold out a few years longer - have reluctantly begun chopping away at academics, making it harder for students to graduate on schedule.
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By Stuart Silverstein and Stuart Silverstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 2002
Many public colleges and universities around the country are caught in financial crunches, prompting midyear tuition increases and belt-tightening measures such as enrollment limits and faculty cuts. The financial problems stem from strains on state budgets because of the slow economy over the past year and a bulge in the number of youths reaching college age. "This is the first time in the modern history of higher education that we've had enrollment pressure and a bad economy at the same time," said Patrick M. Callan, president of the nonprofit National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education in San Jose, Calif.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2002
The University of Maryland, College Park received further validation yesterday of its growing national reputation as it jumped into the top 20 of U.S. News & World Report's ranking of public universities. The university moved from 21st to 18th among public universities, tied with the University of Georgia and one notch behind the University of Florida. It moved ahead of Texas A&M University, the University of Minnesota, Purdue University and Ohio State University. The rise can be attributed in large part to an increase in the key measurement of "peer assessment," the reputation of its academic programs among presidents and college admissions officials at other universities.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2012
When some University of Maryland, College Park students return to class for the spring semester, they could be attending lectures, taking quizzes and completing group projects without leaving their dorm rooms. The university is participating in a pilot program that combines massive open online courses with traditional classroom instruction. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded $1.4 million to nonprofit research group Ithaka S+R to study how the state's university system could incorporate the increasingly popular online courses "There are two things we're seeking: new strategies that will improve learning outcomes and lower costs," said University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan.
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By Robert B. Reich | August 21, 2013
Congress is in recess, but you'd hardly know it. This has been the most do-nothing, gridlocked Congress in decades. But the recess at least offers a pause in the ongoing partisan fighting that's sure to resume in a few weeks. It also offers an opportunity to step back and ask ourselves what's really at stake. A society -- any society -- is defined as a set of mutual benefits and duties embodied most visibly in public institutions: public schools, public libraries, public transportation, public hospitals, public parks, public museums, public recreation, public universities, and so on. Public institutions are supported by all taxpayers and are available to all. If the tax system is progressive, those who are better off (and who, presumably, have benefited from many of these same public institutions)
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By Robert B. Reich | August 21, 2013
Congress is in recess, but you'd hardly know it. This has been the most do-nothing, gridlocked Congress in decades. But the recess at least offers a pause in the ongoing partisan fighting that's sure to resume in a few weeks. It also offers an opportunity to step back and ask ourselves what's really at stake. A society -- any society -- is defined as a set of mutual benefits and duties embodied most visibly in public institutions: public schools, public libraries, public transportation, public hospitals, public parks, public museums, public recreation, public universities, and so on. Public institutions are supported by all taxpayers and are available to all. If the tax system is progressive, those who are better off (and who, presumably, have benefited from many of these same public institutions)
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2013
Four presidents at public research universities made a collective $9.2 million in fiscal year 2012, with the top earner of the group making much of his money because he was fired, according to a report released Sunday by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Graham B. Spanier, who was terminated from Pennsylvania State University in late 2011 for his handling of a child-molestation scandal, was paid $2.9 million - $1.2 million of it in severance. This was the first fiscal year that four presidents topped the million mark in compensation.
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April 2, 2013
By dumping $300,000 in taxpayer funds on Towson University's baseball team, Gov. Martin O'Malley has temporarily solved one problem and created a multitude of others. The frustration that led Mr. O'Malley to intervene is understandable. But his proposal to use a supplemental appropriation to buy the team two more years sets a dangerous precedent while failing to address any of the problems in Towson's athletics department that got the university into the unwelcome position of cutting two men's sports in the first place.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2013
A Morgan State University alumnus who is leading a coalition suing the state over discrimination at historically black colleges and universities has criticized the university's embattled president for showing "minimal interest and involvement in the lawsuit. " David J. Burton, president of the Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education, wrote in a letter to Dallas R. Evans, chair of Morgan's Board of Regents, saying university president David J. Wilson's actions could "be interpreted as his being against rather than in support of the Coalition's case.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2012
When some University of Maryland, College Park students return to class for the spring semester, they could be attending lectures, taking quizzes and completing group projects without leaving their dorm rooms. The university is participating in a pilot program that combines massive open online courses with traditional classroom instruction. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded $1.4 million to nonprofit research group Ithaka S+R to study how the state's university system could incorporate the increasingly popular online courses "There are two things we're seeking: new strategies that will improve learning outcomes and lower costs," said University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
A former leader of a national group of public universities has been named the interim president of Coppin State University, the state university system announced Wednesday. Mortimer H. Neufville, who until June had served as the interim president of University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will become the interim president Jan. 23 when the current president, Reginald S. Avery, steps down. Avery received a vote of no confidence from the faculty last year. He pledged to increase the university's low graduation rate when he arrived in 2008, only to see it continue to fall.
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By Michael Jones and Jon Greenbaum | December 28, 2011
Maryland is attempting to renege on its obligation to provide sufficient funding to make its historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) comparable and competitive with other public universities in Maryland in terms of mission, academic program offerings, library services, information technology infrastructure, and other facets of their operations. For five years, the state has vigorously opposed a lawsuit by HBCU students and alumni that seeks to dismantle remnants of the formerly segregated higher education system.
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By Edwin Feulner | January 22, 1991
PICTURE this: an iron-fisted academic goon squad ready to rough up students or professors who don't subscribe to its brand of political orthodoxy.No, it's not the National Socialist Party of Nazi Germany. It's the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities, the organization with the power to grant or deny accreditation to institutions in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and the District of Columbia.The association is EdwinFeulnertrying to raise the banner of "cultural diversity" on campuses, a euphemism for racial quotas, gay rights, male-bashing and other manifestations of "correct thinking."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
The University of Maryland University College named Javier Miyares as its president Monday, effective immediately. Miyares, 65, has been a member of the UMUC management team for 10 years and its acting president since February, when he took over for Susan Aldridge, who stepped down amid circumstances that remain unclear. Miyares most recently served as the university's senior vice president for institutional effectiveness. The Adelphi institution, the nation's largest online-focused public university, has more than 95,000 students, including U.S. troops serving overseas, and has locations in 27 countries.
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By Robert B. Reich | March 7, 2012
Rick Santorum called the president "a snob" for wanting everyone to get a college education. (In fact, President Barack Obama never actually called for universal college education but only for a year or more of training after high school.) Mr. Santorum needn't worry. America is already making it harder for young people of modest means to attend college. Public higher education is being starved, and the middle class will shrink even more as a result. Over the last year, 41 states have cut spending for public higher education.
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