A historically black college in Maryland is growing — by enrolling Hispanic, white and international students

Morgan State University’s enrollment is on the upswing, a trend that’s bolstered by a rising number of non-African American students who are attending the historically black institution. The student body has grown by 15 percent since 2006, from roughly 6,700 students to 7,700. (Balt. Sun)

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Johns Hopkins unveils ultra-modern design for Homewood campus expansion

A six-story, ultra-modern building will be added to the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in the coming three years to house an institute to promote global democracy. Preliminary designs for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University were shown to a city design panel Thursday alongside a timeline to break ground next year. The six-story glass structure designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano will be built on a 1.5-acre space off Wyman Park Drive that is now a flat-surface parking lot. (Balt. Bus. Journal) 

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Bus driver shortage leaves some Maryland students squatting in the aisles and sitting on each other’s laps

Baltimore County schools officials say they’re working to bolster their bus driver ranks, smooth out beginning-of-the-year kinks and address delays. A district spokesman encouraged any family with concerns to reach out to the transportation office, which he said investigates all issues and makes adjustments. "In a perfect world, we would have more than 800 bus drivers,” wrote Jess Grim, the county’s transportation director, in an emailed statement. “We are actively hiring additional drivers and would like to add 50 to our team.”  (Balt. Sun) 




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Two Johns Hopkins master’s degree programs lose special accreditation

Two master’s degree programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Education have lost their specialized accreditation status because not enough courses were taught by core faculty members. A university spokeswoman confirmed that students within the school’s Master of Science programs for clinical mental health counseling and school counseling were notified this week of the loss of accreditation. The school has applied to be reaccredited. (Balt. Sun)

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Over objections, Kirwan work group votes for closed-door session on how to pay for Maryland education proposals

A task force deciding how to pay for billions in recommendations to boost Maryland’s public schools voted Thursday to meet behind closed doors as it continues its work ― sparking objection from some members of the work group, who argued that the body was being too secretive. (Balt. Sun) 

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'This is my future’: Youth in Baltimore and across Maryland to march Friday for action on climate change

Students from public and private schools in the Baltimore region plan to converge on the Inner Harbor at noon to demand leaders take steps they see as necessary to save the planet from the impact of climate change. (Balt. Sun)

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Bowie State teams with Va. firm on cyber learning program

Bowie State University is partnering with a Virginia firm on cybersecurity workforce development. The university is working with Millennium Corp. of Arlington, Virginia, a cybersecurity and information technology firm. Students can work on government contracts commercial offerings, and receive mentorship from Millennium’s and its sister company Kfivefour’s  engineering and cyber operations team. The Millennium Cyber Lab and offices opened at the university on Sept. 12. (Daily Record) 

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Loyola hopes to use community to sell continuing education program

Loyola University Maryland this week launched Aspire, an online education platform for people who want to add to their skills throughout their career. Aspire launches with around 220 courses mostly focused on business-relevant topics, but Loyola expects it to expand into other areas, including teacher education and personal interest courses. (Daily Record)

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