1 Martin O Malley Governor Anthony G. Brown Lt. Governor Kevin M. O'Keefe Chairman James E. Lyons, Sr. Secretary of Higher Education AGENDA ITEM SUMMARY SUBJECT: Report on Programs Reviewed from October 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008 COMMITTEE: Education Policy Committee DATE OF COMMISSION MEETING: March 25, 2009 STAFF: G. W. Reid SUMMARY: During the past few months, the Secretary of Higher Education acted on a total of 71 program proposal actions. These actions included approval of: 3 degree and 12 certificate programs at independent institutions; 4 degree and 1 certificate programs at public four-year colleges and universities; 3 degree and 13 certificate programs at public community colleges; 6 program proposals were withdrawn; 13 new areas of concentration and 3 off-campus programs were reviewed and approved. In addition, 5 out-of-state institutions were approved to operate in Maryland; 4 academic programs and 1 certificate program were discontinued; 2 new partnership agreements were approved; and 1 new Maryland degree-granting institution was approved to operate in Maryland. RECOMMENDATION: This item is for information only. MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION 839 Bestgate Rd Suite 400 Annapolis, MD T F TTY for the Deaf
2 Martin O Malley Governor Anthony G. Brown Lt. Governor Kevin M. O'Keefe Chairman James E. Lyons, Sr. Secretary of Higher Education M E M O R A N D U M DATE: March 25, 2009 TO: Maryland Higher Education Commission FROM: Education Policy Committee STAFF: G. W. Reid SUBJECT: Report on Programs Reviewed from October 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008 During the past few months, the Secretary of Higher Education acted on a total of 71 program proposal actions. Degree Programs: 3 at independent colleges and universities 4 at public four-year colleges and universities 3 at public community colleges 10 Certificate Programs: 12 at independent colleges and universities 1 at public four-year colleges and universities 13 at public community colleges 26 Areas of Concentration: 12 at independent colleges and universities 1 at public four-year colleges and universities 13 Off-Campus Programs: 2 at independent colleges and universities 0 at public four-year colleges and universities 1 at public community colleges 3 Out-of State Institutions: 5 new out-of-state institutions Proposals Withdrawn: 6 proposals withdrawn Programs Discontinued: 0 at independent colleges and universities 0 at public four-year colleges and universities 2 at public community colleges 3 at out-of-state institutions 5 MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION 839 Bestgate Rd Suite 400 Annapolis, MD T F TTY for the Deaf
3 Partnerships: 2 new partnership agreements New MD Degree-Granting Institutions: 1 new institution Proposals Not Approved: 0 proposal not approved Institutional Applications Not Approved: 0 Total Program Proposal Actions: 71 institutional application not approved I. PROGRAMS FAVORABLY REVIEWED AND APPROVED Independent Colleges and Universities Johns Hopkins University Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Sustainability (Endorsed ) The program is designed to prepare today s engineers, scientists, and managers to help design and implement solutions to the ongoing and developing environmental challenges of the twenty-first century and beyond. Students will specifically study scientific issues pertinent to local and global sustainability such as the science, impacts, and solutions pertinent to climate change and case studies on a multitude of sustainability issues. Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Mind, Brain and Teaching (Endorsed ) Participants in the program will review research on how the brain processes, stores, and retrieves information, examining how it intersects with the correlates of research-based effective teaching and the teaching. Topics of study will include the brain s memory systems, the impact of emotions on learning, the processes involved in higher order thinking and learning, and issues related to child development, and the neurobiology of learning differences. Participants will apply course studies to the creation of learning units that emphasize application of knowledge. Master of Science in Engineering Management with Areas of Concentration in Biomaterials; Communications Science; Computer Science; Fluid Mechanics; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Mechanics and Materials; Nano- Biotechnology; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology; Probability and Statistics; Smart Product and Device Design; and Systems Analysis Management and Environment Policy (Endorsed ) The program combines advanced engineering coursework in a specialized technical field (requiring rigorous analytical skills) with professional training in communication, leadership, management and business. The program will provide students with the educational background to pursue professional management roles in industry.
4 Bachelor of Arts in Archeology (Endorsed ) The program will introduce students to archeological theory, the analysis of archeological materials, and the results of archeological research in prehistoric and early historic periods in the Old and New Worlds. McDaniel College Master of Science in Gerontology (Endorsed ) Provides students with an interdisciplinary knowledge base that prepares, supports, and enhances their ability to fulfill leadership roles in the public and private sectors when gerontology knowledge and expertise is essential to improve the quality of life for older adults. Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Global Leadership (Endorsed ) The program prepares students for a competitive job market and develops their intellectual, analytical, and critical thinking abilities. The program integrates the curriculum with professional skill development, empowering students to achieve their lifelong personal and professional goals. Sojourner-Douglass College Lower-Division Certificate in Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Technology (Endorsed ) The program will prepare students for employment in entry-level positions in the healthcare sector. Students in the program will receive didactic instruction, laboratory, and experiential training. The program will offer courses in cardiovascular technology, echocardiography, physiology and anatomy, non-invasive cardiovascular fundamentals, diagnostic procedures, electrocardiography, and principles of patient care. Lower-Division Certificate in Sterile Processing Technician (Endorsed ) The program will prepare students for taking the national certifying examination for sterile processing technicians. Students in the program will receive didactic instruction and clinical training that will qualify them for employment for an entry-level position as a sterile processing technician. The program will cover subject areas like human anatomy and physiology, sterile processing I and II, medical terminology and professional preparedness. Lower-Division Certificate in Surgical Technician (Endorsed ) The program will prepare students for taking the national certification examination for surgical technology. Students in the program will receive didactic instruction and clinical training that will qualify them for employment for an entry-level position as a surgical technician. The program will cover subject areas like human anatomy and physiology, surgical technology principles and practice, surgical procedures, pharmacology, and clinical practicum. TESST College of Technology Beltsville and Baltimore Campuses Lower-Division Certificate in Medical Billing and Coding Specialist (Endorsed )
5 The program prepares students for a competitive job market and develops their intellectual, analytical, and critical thinking abilities. The program integrates the curriculum with professional skill development, empowering students to achieve their lifelong personal and professional goals. Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities Morgan State University Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Master of Science in Construction Management (Approved ) The programs will prepare students for successful and rewarding careers, as well as, to develop them to become leaders in the construction industry who have a sense of social and environmental responsibility. Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science (Approved ) The program will provide students with the know-how and the confidence to enter the actuarial science arena fully prepared. The concentration in actuarial science will give mathematics majors the flexibility to acquire the skills to maneuver their way through the insurance and financial world if they decide to start a career in those industries after graduation. University of Maryland, Baltimore Master s in Law L.L.M. (Approved ) The School of Law will offer a Masters in Law (LL.M.) degree with a required specialization in an area of established expertise at the School of Law. The program requires a full year of study and completion and acceptance of a scholarly thesis in the area of specialization. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. Community Colleges Carroll Community College Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology; Lower-Division Certificate in Advanced Certificate in Health Information Technology; and Lower- Division Certificate in Core Certificate in Health Information Technology (Approved ) The A.A.S. in Health Information Technology (H.I.T.) along with the Lower-Division Certificates, H.I.T. Core, and H.I.T. Advanced, is designed to prepare students for employment as health information technicians in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory care facilities, etc. The programs combine general education and specialized courses to meet employment requirements in H.I.T. Core certificate is 17 credits, Advanced is 36 credits and the A.A.S. is credits. Cecil College Lower-Division Certificate in Personal Trainer/Fitness Manager (Approved ) The program prepares individuals for careers that involve the assessment, motivation, education, and training of clients regarding their health and fitness needs.
6 Lower-Division Certificate in Horticultural Science (Approved ) The program provides a foundation in the knowledge, skills, and training required for occupations in the horticulture industry. Students will learn to identify plants and cultural requirements, will identify landscape uses for plant materials, will develop skills in evaluating soil nutrients and amendments, and will understand the materials, equipment, and methods of installation used in landscape construction. Chesapeake College Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Security (Approved ) The program will provide students with an understanding of computer security and information assurance based on current industry standards. Topics will include threats, vulnerabilities, and preventions of computer crimes at the technical (hard- and software) level. The fundamental goal is to prepare students for careers in information systems security. Harford Community College Associate of Arts in Art and Design (Approved ) The program offers students an Associate of Arts degree, the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, and preparation to transfer with junior status to a B.A. or B.F.A. Art or Design program. This program prepares students with an intensive, hands-on, studio-based curriculum. Classes are taught by professional, exhibiting artists who have expertise in their disciplines. This program also provides the community with the opportunity to study for personal enrichment. Lower-Division Certificate in CPA Exam Qualification (Approved ) This certificate is designed for students who have a Baccalaureate degree in majors other than accounting attempting to sit for the CPA Exam. The certificate requires 54 semester hours of credit. II. CERTIFICATES APPROVED WITHIN EXISTING DEGREE PROGRAMS Capitol College Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Information Assurance Administration (Endorsed ) Cecil College Lower-Division Certificate in Biotechnology (Approved ) Chesapeake College Lower-Division Certificate in Computer Information Systems: Network Management (Basic and Advanced) (Approved ) Lower-Division Certificate in Computer Information Systems: Interactive Media and Web Design (Basic and Advanced) (Approved ) Lower-Division Certificate in Computer Information Systems: PC Systems Specialist (Basic and Advanced) (Approved )
7 Lower-Division Certificate in Computer Information Systems: Microcomputer Applications Specialist (Basic and Advanced) (Approved ) Community College of Baltimore County Lower-Division Certificate in Labor Studies: New Organizing and Bargaining; Lower- Division Certificate in Labor Studies: History and Culture of the Union Movement; and Lower-Division Certificate in Labor Studies: Labor Law and Representation (Approved ) Johns Hopkins University Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Forensic Nursing (post-master s) (Endorsed ) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Specialist (post-master s) (Endorsed ) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Education (post-master s) (Endorsed ) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Risk Sciences and Public Policy (Endorsed ) University of Maryland University College Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Criminal Justice Management (Approved ) III. CONCENTRATIONS APPROVED WITHIN EXISTING DEGREE PROGRAMS University of Maryland University College Area of Concentration in Criminal Justice Management to the Master of Science in Management (Approved ) IV. OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAM PROPOSALS Allegany College of Maryland Associate of Science in Nursing to be offered at Garrett County Memorial Hospital (Approved ) Hood College Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Educational Leadership to be offered as a closed site at six Montgomery County Public School Partnership sites (Julius West Middle School, Montgomery Village Middle School, Century 21 Building Staff Development Center, Earle Wood Middle School, Greenwood Elementary School and the Upper County Office Building Staff Development Center) and at one Washington County Public School Partnership site (WCPS Board of Education Building) (Endorsed ).
8 V. OUT-OF-STATE INSTITUTIONS Gratz College (Approved ) Master of Arts in Education with an Area of Concentration in Instruction The program will be offered at Cecil County Public School s George Washington Carver Educational Leadership Center in Elkton, Maryland Kaplan University (Approved ) Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Bachelor of Science in Technology Associate of Applied Science in Accounting Associate of Applied Science in Administrative Professional Associate of Applied Science in Computer Applications Associate of Applied Science in Computer Forensics Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management Associate of Applied Science in Legal Assistant Associate of Applied Science in Medical Receptionist/Transcriptionist Associate of Applied Science in Medical Secretary/Assistant Associate of Applied Science in Network Systems Technology Associate of Arts in Business Administration Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice Lower-Division Certificate in Computer Support Technician Lower-Division Certificate in Medical Assistant Lower-Division Certificate in Medical Billing/Coding Lower-Division Certificate in Phlebotomist The programs will be offered at Crestwood Drive in Hagerstown, Maryland Lower-Division Certificate in Dental Assistant Lower-Division Certificate in Medical Assistant The programs will be offered at 5301 Buckeystown Pike, Suite 150 in Frederick, Maryland Milligan College (Approved ) Undergraduate Courses in Bible and Ministry The programs will be offered at the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland The George Washington University (Approved ) Ed.D in Human Organization and Learning The program will be offered at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland Master of Science in Engineering Management with a focus in Software Engineering and Information Security (Approved ) The program will be offered at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland
9 Renewal Applications Central Texas College (Approved ) Associate of General Studies The program will be offered at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland VI. PROPOSALS WITHDRAWN Community College of Baltimore County CPA Fast Track Certificate within Associate of Applied Science in Accounting (Withdrawn ) Montgomery College Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Paramedic; Lower- Division Certificate in Emergency Medical Services Paramedic, and Lower-Division Certificate in Emergency Medical Services EMT Intermediate to Paramedic (Withdrawn ) Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship (Withdrawn ) Woodstream College Initial application to become a degree-granting institution in Maryland offering Master s and doctoral degrees, and professional certificates. (Withdrawn ) VII. PROGRAMS DISCONTINUED Carroll Community College Lower-Division Certificate in Health Information Technology Medical Records (Approved ) Harford Community College Associate of Applied Science in Visual Communications (Approved ) Old Dominion University (Acknowledged ) Master of Science in Engineering Management with a concentration in Modeling and Simulation Master of Engineering with a concentration in Modeling and Simulation Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with concentrations in: Civil Engineering Technology; Electrical Engineering Technology; Mechanical Engineering Technology; and General Engineering Technology All programs were offered at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California, Maryland. Effective October 31, 2008, the University ceased operations in the State of Maryland.
10 VIII. PARTNERSHIPS Towson University Master of Arts in Teaching Special Education with Montgomery County Public Schools at the Universities at Shady Grove (Acknowledged ) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration with the University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Johns Hopkins University, and the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (Approved ) IX. NEW MARYLAND DEGREE-GRANTING INSTITUTIONS Lincoln Technical Institute Approved to operate in Maryland as a new degree-granting institution, offering the Bachelor of Technical or Professional Studies in Automotive Technology Management; Bachelor of Technical or Professional Studies in Technology Leadership and Supervision; Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology; Associate of Applied Science in Technology and Skills Trades; Lower-Division Certificate in Master Certified Automotive Technology; Lower-Division Certificate in Electronic Systems Technician, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technology (Approved ) X. PROPOSALS NOT APPROVED No proposals were disapproved during this period of time. XI. INSTITUTIONAL APPLICATIONS NOT APPROVED No institutional applications were disapproved during this period of time. RECOMMENDATION: This item is for information only.
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