Press Release - Education Policy Meeting

September 13, 2000

USM Education Policy Committee to Meet September 19 at University of Baltimore

The Committee on Education Policy of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents will meet in public session on Tuesday, September 19 at 9 a.m. in Room 003 of the Thumel Business Center at the University of Baltimore, on the corner of North Charles Street and West Mount Royal Avenue in Baltimore.

The Committee will review several agenda items, including:
  • Format for reporting on institutional compliance with the new Board policy on technological fluency. The policy seeks assurance that all graduates of USM institutions are fluent in information technology.

  • Results of periodic reviews of academic programs. The USM institutions have entered a new seven-year cycle of Board review of existing academic programs; four institutions have submitted a total of 10 programs for review during the 2000 academic year.

  • Proposed System policy on abolishing existing academic programs. The proposed policy would address language in Senate Bill 682, which requires that a president's proposal to abolish any program must be consistent with the adopted mission of the institution and can be accomplished using existing resources.

  • Proposed changes in USM policy on appointment, rank, and tenure of faculty. In order to achieve the goal of Systemwide expansion of the ways in which it appoints, promotes, rewards and supports faculty, as stated in the Pathways to Perpetual Learning document, three linked but separate Systemwide committees were appointed. Several recommendations have been made by these groups to increase job security for faculty in lecturer positions, including new, renewable contracts up to three years in length.
Full agenda and background information will be available at the meeting. Sign language interpreters and/or other appropriate accommodations for eligible individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please call 301/445-2756 (voice) or 301/314-7683 (TTY/ITT) to make special arrangements.

Chris Hart
Phone: 301/445-2739
Pager: 301/507-2316