The board approves new university programs, resolutions on student housing, land acquisition and leases, university policies and more!
BALTIMORE – At its spring quarterly meeting, the Morgan State University Board of Trustees approved a significant number of proposed actions that advance the university’s goals while strengthening its positioning for success over the next decade and beyond. Among the substantive actions taken by the Council were the approval of seven highly sought-after new academic programs; measures to respond to requests for student accommodation; acquisition of off-campus space; and policies/plans to address cultural diversity, risk management and in-state residence classification for students. It was the first public meeting of the Board of Regents held in person on campus since the start of the pandemic.
“In my more than 10 years as president of Morgan, this has been by far the most transformative and productive board meeting,” said university president David K. Wilson. . “The decisive actions taken by the Board of Trustees will resonate for years to come, making Morgan highly competitive with any university in our nation and placing it among Maryland’s top higher education destinations.” I commend the members of the Board of Regents for their broad support and foresight, considering not only where Morgan is going, but also how we can get there. Make no mistake, we are Cultivate the future and rule the world.”
In recent years, Morgan has focused on the future of work and the future of work, introducing a variety of innovative new university programs to attract students. In addition to the University’s unique and in many cases exclusive degree offerings, the Council paved the way for the addition of the following new programs:
- PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering
- doctorate in industrial engineering
- PhD in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Engineering
- BS in Sustainable Urban Environmental Engineering
liberal arts college
- PhD in Applied Sociology and Social Justice
School of Computing, Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- MS in Applied Neuroscience
School of Social Work
At its last public meeting, held in January, the Board also approved the addition of a new BS in Cybersecurity Intelligence Management, offered through the School of Business and Management. Pending Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) approval for all new programs, Morgan plans to offer nearly 150 academic programs at its 11 schools and colleges.
- As part of the second step in a three-step process for Morgan to acquire a parcel of land (approximately 58.9 acres) from the City of Baltimore, the council unanimously approved the purchase of the former Clifton Lake High School and associated lands located within 1.5 miles of campus. The acquisition of this property will be significant in addressing Morgan’s landlocked position and ability to expand beyond its current campus radius. The next step in the process, before the University takes ownership of the property, is to obtain approval for the sale from the Public Works Board. The University expects this to happen in June. The vision for the property includes the development of a multi-purpose convocation center, research/innovation center, graduate student/family housing, other educational facilities, and commercial and mixed-use properties.
- To accommodate the addition of new academic centers to the University and to meet the need for more office space on campus, Morgan was authorized to enter into a 10-year lease with MCB Northwood, LLC for 11,605 square feet rough space on the lower level of Northwood Commons, adjacent to the university’s West Campus. the Northwood Ground Floor Lease would house one of three new academic centers recently launched in Morgan.
- The University will also enter into a 10-year lease with the Maryland State Department of Education for 18,500 gross square feet located at Workforce Technology Center, which is adjacent to Morgan’s South Campus. The leased space will be used to provide a workplace for staff at Morgan’s physical plant, allowing for the demolition of their current location, the Washington Service Center, and the construction of the university’s new science complex in the area. footprint of the service center.
- Morgan plans to continue its historic enrollment by surpassing 8,500 students for the first time in University history, in the fall 2022 semester. This projected record enrollment will include both sophomores who have been admitted as one of the record number of freshmen in 2021 and the estimated number of freshmen starting at Morgan in the fall of 2022. To meet the demand accompanying the enrollment forecast, Morgan introduced a comprehensive student housing strategy that will extend to 2030. Key actions in the University’s housing plan will include building three new on-campus residential facilities by fall 2026 and upgrading update of all remaining legacy housing facilities over the next eight years. The first of the completed student housing projects will be the new Thurgood Marshall Residential Complex, which will begin welcoming students this fall. The plan also calls for the demolition of two legacy facilities: O’Connell Hall and the Thurgood Marshall Apartments.
- Beginning in fiscal 2020, Morgan Housing waived traditional housing charge rate increases to ease the financial burden on students and their families during the pandemic. Based on research on housing rates from other public universities in Maryland and for market consistency, Morgan determined the need for a current increase. As such, the Board approved the 4% increase in Morgan-owned housing rates for FY2023 to meet ongoing operating expenses and debt service requirements for current and future financing. housing.
- With the construction of the new on-campus facilities, as well as the expected increase in enrolment, off-campus housing will remain a necessity. To proactively meet anticipated demand for student housing, Morgan is negotiating several additional contracts/leases for off-campus housing with nearby apartment complexes. Housing providers identified to deal with the overflow of students offer units with amenities that meet the needs of modern students and are currently used by other universities in the area. An additional fee structure is offered for off-campus student accommodation.
Policies and packages
- Based on an assessment of existing diversity programs and new initiatives, and the results of campus climate surveys of staff, faculty and students, the University has developed its 2022-2025 strategic plan to improving cultural diversity. With the new Cultural Diversity Plan, the University will ensure compliance with Maryland law and continue its progress toward its diversity goals. Targeted objectives of the plan will include attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, instituting mandatory diversity training, tracking faculty progression, offering cultural diversity programs and /or conscious bias, celebrating diverse communities, and increasing cultural respect and cultural responsiveness in pedagogies. Morgan welcomes and supports a wide diversity of people and ideas as essential to quality education in a global and interdependent society and provides equitable access to high quality educational programs and meaningful employment.
- A revision has been made to the existing policy on the classification of student residence for admission and tuition purposes. In order for the University to maintain its qualification to receive payments for all students eligible for Veterans Education (VA) benefits, Morgan had to change its policy to allow in-state tuition for anyone using the educational assistance transferred as part of the education of survivors and dependents. Assistance Program and who lives in Maryland (regardless of official state of residence) while enrolled in college. Additionally, the University has sought to authorize in-state tuition for students who have completed all service hours for an AmeriCorps program in Maryland. The Council approved both measures.
- As part of a conscious effort to foster a culture of risk awareness that provides University leadership with the information needed to make key decisions, Morgan takes a holistic view of risk, with the establishment of a new enterprise risk management policy. This policy will provide the framework by which the University will maintain a systematic, organization-wide approach to proactively identify, assess and manage risks and opportunities that affect the University’s ability to achieve its goals and objectives. strategic, operational, reputational and financial; preserve its reputation for excellence; and provide a safe environment for the University community.
Established under Title 14 of the Education Section, Maryland’s Annotated Code, Morgan State University’s 15-member Board of Trustees governs the actions of the university. The governor of Maryland appoints council members for six-year terms, except for the student regent, who is appointed for one-year terms. The Council appoints the President of the University, who sits at the pleasure of the Council. The council also sets admission standards; reviews and approves University policies and budgets; and establishes the regulatory framework within which individual units operate. Action points for approval are proposed by the committees managed by the board. These include the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, the Finance and Facilities Committee, and the Institutional Audit and Evaluation Committee.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-ranked advanced research (R2) institution offering nearly 140 academic programs leading to degrees ranging from bachelor’s to doctoral degrees. As Maryland’s preeminent public urban research university and the only university to have its entire campus designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many people as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
Larry Jones or Dell Jackson, University Relations