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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2003
In an unusual challenge to the rising cost of higher education, seven University System of Maryland students sued yesterday to block a midyear tuition increase, alleging that it represents a violation of the contract between students and colleges. The class action lawsuit filed in Baltimore Circuit Court argues that students enrolled for the school year on the understanding they would be charged the fixed tuition rates that their universities had posted for both the fall and spring semester.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | December 5, 2002
In a decision with implications for state funding of Maryland's public campuses, the university system's Board of Regents has settled on Clifford M. Kendall, a retired businessman from Montgomery County, as its next chairman. Regents say they will ask Kendall, 71, the former chief executive officer of Computer Data Systems Inc., to accept the chairmanship at their meeting in Baltimore tomorrow. Kendall did not seek the position, but regents said he has indicated he will accept the offer.
NEWS
February 13, 2009
While Maryland's multiyear freeze on in-state tuition at its public colleges and universities has been of great benefit to students and their parents, it hasn't frozen costs entirely. The fastest-growing expense on campus these days isn't for room and board, it's textbooks. On average, Maryland undergraduates are paying as much as $1,000 each year for books and other course materials. The cost has been rising in double-digit increments in recent years - a much faster rate than for books in general.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | November 9, 2004
COLLEGE PARK - Holding candles and chanting "Save our school," nearly 1,000 students took part in a rally here last night asking Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to include more funding for state public universities in his next budget. "We are here in the dark, we are here in the cold to plead with our governor to fund us correctly," Aaron Kraus, president of the student government, yelled to the crowd from a raised stage on McKeldin Mall at the center of the University of Maryland's flagship campus.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2002
The University System of Maryland, among the most expensive in the country for in-state students, is considering a major price restructuring that would include sharp tuition increases to offset flat state funding and to capitalize on the rising appeal of its campuses. In what officials are calling a shift in philosophy, large tuition increases - potentially 10 percent or more for Maryland residents and even higher for nonresidents - would be coupled with an expansion of need-based financial aid for low-income students.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | June 11, 2003
ADELPHI - The University System of Maryland will likely need hundreds of layoffs and a tuition increase higher than the 14 percent already planned for this fall to absorb an impending $50 million budget cut, system officials and college presidents said yesterday. In an unusually candid and sometimes tense meeting, the Board of Regents and university officials debated how to apportion the imminent cuts between layoffs and a further tuition increase. They also debated whether to spread the reductions equally among the system's 13 institutions or to spare some from the brunt.
TOPIC
By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | December 9, 2001
THE JOB of chancellor of the University System of Maryland always looked like an odd fit for anybody accustomed to being in charge -such as a governor like Parris N. Glendening, considered the leading candidate until he withdrew last week. On paper, it looks great - $340,000 a year and a wonderful mansion, Hidden Waters, on Old Court Road in Baltimore County. Its occupant gets to pontificate on issues of higher education while leading one of the hottest systems in the country. The University of Maryland, College Park is soaring in the rankings, and other campuses - particularly University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Salisbury University and several schools at the University of Maryland, Baltimore - attract favorable national publicity.
NEWS
By William E. Kirwan | June 28, 2014
As I look back over my 12 years as chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), one of the developments in which I take the most pride has been the USM's genuine partnership with state leaders in Annapolis. Now that the primary is over and the election looms, I encourage candidates for office across Maryland, especially those running for governor, to commit themselves to upholding this partnership. It has served our students, the state and the citizens exceptionally well.
NEWS
By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | June 5, 2004
University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan has quietly contributed seed money to an advocacy group lobbying for tax increases dedicated to higher education, a position at odds with the administration of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. State lobbyist spending reports filed this week in Annapolis show Kirwan among 10 donors who gave $1,000 each to launch the activities of Marylanders for Access to Quality Higher Education. The fledgling group worked the General Assembly this year for passage of legislation raising corporate income taxes and dedicating the proceeds to the university system, while limiting tuition increases.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman and Julie Scharper | December 7, 2012
University System of Maryland chancellor Brit Kirwan acknowledged Friday that the Board of Regents violated Maryland's open meetings act by secretly convening to discuss the University of Maryland's move to the Big Ten, but said the group was merely “confused” and “overlooked” its responsibility to inform the public of its plans. “We feel quite chastened and regretful for not doing our duty,” he said. “We are determined to do better.” Advocates for open government have questioned the board's motives and see this high-profile incident as the impetus to push for more stringent punishment.
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