Nancy J. King, Senate Chair (chosen by Senate President) (410) 841-3686, (301) 858-3686
Stephanie M. Smith, House Chair (chosen by House Speaker) (410) 841-486, (301) 858-3486

[photo, Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, Maryland]

Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle , Annapolis, Maryland, December 2016. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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Report to General Assembly due Dec. 1, 2023 (Chapter 101, Acts of 2023)
In April 2023, the Maryland Program Approval Process Workgroup was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapter 101, Acts of 2023, section 20).

The Workgroup is to make recommendations to improve the academic program approval process of the Maryland Higher Education Commission. The aim is to make the process transparent, efficient, evidence–based, and timely, while allowing institutions the flexibility to respond to the needs of the students and State.

Recommendations will encompass options for the Maryland Higher Education Commission to develop: operational missions that differentiate each institution’s roles in meeting State goals; three–year institutional plans to facilitate efficient coordination of academic degree programs; mechanisms to ensure that objective data demonstrates that proposed programs support State workforce needs and the economic competitiveness of the State and that MHEC has sufficient data analytics staff to evaluate these objectives; and measurable criteria to determine the value of any proposed program.

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