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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2003
The University System of Maryland needs to do a better job of justifying tuition increases and telling prospective students what their total college costs will be, an influential state task force has concluded. But the panel, charged last year by system Chancellor William E. Kirwan with examining the state's tuition policies, stopped short of endorsing more aggressive reforms, like capping tuition, charging more for certain academic majors or assessing higher tuition to wealthier students.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | June 29, 2002
For the University System of Maryland, riches have followed reputation. Capitalizing on the system's growing national prominence, its 13 branches have exceeded the target of their seven-year fund-raising campaign by nearly $200 million. The campaign, which ends next week, has raised more than $880 million, well above its $700 million goal. The campaign's success is a landmark for the system, which had previously done relatively little concerted fund raising. And it comes at a time when state legislatures across the country are expecting public universities to pay for an ever-greater share of their budgets through fund raising from alumni and corporate donors.
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Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
University System of Maryland schools have had mixed success in improving the graduation rates of minority and low-income students, according to an annual progress report released this week. Some colleges, including the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have been able to boost minority and low-income achievement. But at other schools, the gaps between those students and middle-class whites have increased in recent years. "I was shocked to see the numbers," said Frank M. Reid III, a university system regent and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | August 12, 1998
Gov. Parris N. Glendening has turned to the man credited with restoring the Naval Academy's reputation to perform what may be an even more difficult task: leading a task force charged with determining whether Maryland should reshuffle or break up its decade-old system for running its public colleges and universities.Retired Adm. Charles R. "Chuck" Larson, who left the academy and the Navy in June, said he's got "an open mind" on the fate of the University System of Maryland, which has been accused by critics of stifling the initiative of the schools it oversees.
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By Jason Song and Jason Song,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2005
HAGERSTOWN -- The University System of Maryland center here doesn't feel like a place of learning yet. Offices are empty, student lounges are bare and workers busily install light fixtures and projectors. When C. David Warner III walks through the halls, his footsteps echo. "I'm looking forward to having more people here," said Warner, the center's executive director. Warner's wish will come true tonight, when the long-awaited satellite branch of the state university system opens its doors.
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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.
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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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