Notes on Campuses & The System

Maryland System

The MITRE-University System of Maryland (USM) team has been selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to operate the first Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) solely dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity and protecting America’s information systems.

Located at Shady Grove in Montgomery County, the center will bring together stakeholders from industry, government and academia to develop cybersecurity standards and technologies, and to promote their broad adoption by industry to better protect our nations finances, innovations, and infrastructure from cyber threats.

“We are thrilled to partner with MITRE to support the nation’s first cybersecurity FFRDC,” said Chancellor Kirwan. “With the combined knowledge base, research and expertise in cybersecurity of the University of Maryland, College Park, UMBC and MITRE, we look forward to meeting challenges the world faces in cyber security and information assurance. This alliance will present phenomenal opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to engage and work with our partners at MITRE, the incredible personnel at NIST and our nation’s business community.”

Joseph JaJa, UMCP, and Anupam Joshi, UMBC, will serve as co-directors of research and technology.



The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering have initiated a combined Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy in Bioengineering degree program to meet the demand for both medical sciences and bioengineering expertise among health professionals early in their careers.

“With the intersection of biomedical research and engineering becoming increasingly important to discovery and innovation in solving the world’s critical health problems, this new program offers tremendous potential for future physician-scientists,” said E. Albert Reece, Vice President, Medical Affairs, University of Maryland and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine.  “In addition to our established joint M.D./Ph.D. programs in Neurosciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Medicine, Epidemiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology, this multi-disciplinary program enables us to further strengthen the University of Maryland’s leadership in the growing field of medical technology and bioengineering.”


UB: Upper-Level Only?

A University of Baltimore spokesperson states that the campus will continue to admit underclassmen, rejecting a proposal to eliminate freshman and sophomore classes. New university president, Kurt L. Schmoke, had said the campus was considering discontinuing the freshman and sophomore classes.


UMB Plans Biopark High-Rise Apartments

The University of Maryland, Baltimore plans to pursue a private developer to build a high-rise market-rate apartment building at its BioPark. A conceptual design for the building was unveiled during President Jay Perman’s State of the University speech. James Hughes, the university’s vice president and chief enterprise and economic development officer, said the building would have about 300 units and would be at the corner of West Baltimore Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. (Daily Record)



Frostburg State University has enrolled the largest number of students in the institution’s 116-year history, including its largest-ever transfer class, and a freshman class of 961 that is 7.1% higher than the previous year. With 5,645 total students, FSU’s overall enrollment is up 3.1% from the previous year. Transfer enrollment has increased by 12.4% to 570, also the highest ever for the second year in a row. “Enrollment is trending upward at the same time that we are accepting better academically prepared students from a decreasing pool of students statewide,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter at his annual campus convocation.

Starting with the spring 2015 semester, students will be able to earn a Master of Science in Applied Computer Science degree through Frostburg State University from almost anywhere. FSU recently received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer the program as a fully online degree option alongside the existing face-to-face program. [No comments on online education here!]



Salisbury University and its supporting community broke ground on the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons on the former site of the historical Caruthers Hall on Thursday. Caruthers Hall had stood on SU’s campus for 60 years, opening in 1955 under Principal E. Pauline Riall’s leadership. Named after one of SU’s founding faculty members, Thomas Jefferson Caruthers, it has served as an education department, interim home for the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business and housing for Delmarva Public Radio studios through the years. (Daily Times)

The Salisbury University Foundation, Inc. and Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, recently announced a $400,000 lead gift for the museum’s 2014-2016 “Soar to New Heights” capital campaign. The campaign’s goal is $1,500,000 to support the expansion of the Ward Museum and much-needed capital improvements to the galleries and facility.


UMB and UB Schools of Law

Maryland’s two law schools continue to see shrinking first-year class sizes, reflecting a national trend. While neither school will have official numbers until classes begin in August, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law expects this year’s total incoming class of day and night students to be about 3% smaller than in 2013, while the University of Baltimore School of Law expects about a 16% drop overall. That comes after each school experienced declines of more than 20% in first-year enrollment between 2012 and 2013. (Daily Record) No jobs for lawyers these days? Too much legal outsourcing? Too many lazy prospective students?

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