University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, a historically Black university, and the University of Maryland Baltimore are contesting a proposal by Johns Hopkins University to offer a physical therapy doctoral program. Campus leaders at the two institutions claim the proposed program duplicates their programs, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission, which reviews academic program proposals, plans to announce in a letter in the coming days whether the Hopkins program can move forward, Cassie Motz, chair of the commission, said at a Thursday hearing.
The controversy comes not long after Morgan State University, also an HBCU in Maryland, objected to Towson University’s proposal for a business analytics doctoral program on the grounds that it duplicated a Morgan State program. Towson officials withdrew the proposal but indicated that they don’t believe it’s duplicative and plan to resubmit it in the future.