USM Student Headcount Number Reaches Highest Level in System History

Preliminary Fall 1999 enrollment figures for the University System of Maryland (USM) indicate a 1.6 percent increase in the total number of students in the System compared to last year – 108,485 students, the System’s highest count ever. Two institutions – Towson University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) – showed increases of 9.5 percent and 12.3 percent respectively in the number of new freshmen on their campuses. The figures were released in a report on 10/1/99 to the USM Board
of Regents during its meeting at Coppin State College in Baltimore.

Other highlights of the report:

  • The number of new full-time freshmen enrolled in the System decreased slightly – by .4 percent. The decline is primarily due to decreases in full-time freshmen enrollments at Bowie State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, of 18.1 percent and 11.4 percent respectively.

    Wendell Holloway, interim president at Bowie State, said the decrease at his institution can be attributed to a number of factors: “For instance, the booming economy has some high school graduates going straight into the work force, especially in some of the high-technology fields.”

    He added that the number of Bowie State students pursuing degrees in math, science and technology is on the rise, as is the number of students transferring to Bowie.

    “Students are transferring here because they want the Bowie degree,” Holloway said.
  • The number of full-time undergraduates continues to increase for the sixth consecutive year, rising to the highest level in more than 20 years. The largest increases were reported at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), UMBC, and Towson University.
  • UMUC experienced significant growth in part-time undergraduates, showing a preliminary  increase of 11.6 percent. The number of part-time undergraduates across the USM rose two percent after a decline that lasted 10 years.

Other items that received a board vote on October 1, 1999:

  • A combined USM fundraising goal of $127.8 million for Fiscal Year 2000 was approved. This figure represents an eight percent increase over the Fiscal Year 1999 goal.
  • Revised institutional goals for the USM’s seven-year fundraising campaign were approved. The University of Maryland, Baltimore will increase its campaign goal from $150 million to $173 million. Two other institutions, Salisbury State University and Coppin State College, also will increase their goals, while five institutions will marginally decrease theirs. The overall campaign goal will remain at the previously announced amount of $700 million by 2002.
  • Revised policies on affiliated foundations were approved by the Board. The revisions are the result of the work of two special Regents’ committees and also respond to a new state law allowing the USM’s 13 institutions to establish their own foundations if they so choose, to be operated in accordance with Board of Regents policies.

The Board also approved the following statement in response to Gov. Glendening’s executive order concerning domestic violence:

“In recognition and support of the Governor’s concern over domestic violence in the State of Maryland, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents urges its presidents to develop policies and procedures recognizing the Governor’s Executive Order on Domestic Violence and the Workplace. Domestic violence is abusive, criminal behavior. It is not a private family matter – it follows its victims to work and deprives them of a safe and productive workplace. The Board of Regents is committed to curbing domestic violence
among employees and students and to raising awareness of this issue within the University System of Maryland community.”


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