Education Policy Committee Agenda Includes New Degree Programs and Fall Enrollments

ADELPHI, Md. (November 10, 2006) — A report on enrollments for the 2006-2007 academic year and faculty workload are among the topics to be addressed at the upcoming meeting of the Committee on Education Policy of the University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 14, 2006. It will be held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of the Thurgood Marshall Library, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, Maryland.

The information/discussion items include:

· Middle States Commission’s reaccreditation of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB);

· Update on UMCP’s efforts to establish a collaborative School of Public Health with UMB;

· Opening Fall 2006 Enrollment and FY 2007 Estimated FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) Enrollment Report;

· The instructional workload of USM faculty;

· Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Student Outcome and Achievement Report and Low Productivity Report 2006.

Among the action items on the committee’s agenda is a proposal to exempt Salisbury University from Board of Regents Policy III-4:00, which requires applicants to USM institutions to submit standardized test scores for undergraduate admissions. The waiver would facilitate Salisbury’s proposed five-year pilot study of an SAT-optional admissions process for applicants with a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. In addition, the committee will consider proposals for two new bachelor of science programs (history and professional golf management) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a systemwide policy for awarding posthumous degrees.

To access the full agenda, visit: Background information and agendas 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.

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Contact: John Buettner
Phone: 301.445.2719