Morgan State University has set off an unusual debate by challenging the right of University of Maryland University College to start a doctoral program to train community college administrators, The Baltimore Sun reported. Morgan State is a historically black college and Maryland, like other states that once operated segregated higher education systems, has policies designed to block other state institutions from starting degrees programs near black colleges that would compete with their offerings. Such questions have in the past involved other colleges that are, like Morgan State, in the Baltimore area. The challenge to an online program is new, although the idea is similar in that Morgan State says that it shouldn't have competition for its program for community college administrators. The state's secretary of higher education will rule on Morgan State's complaint. Because state authorities have already given UMUC the right to offer the program to students outside the state, a ruling in Morgan State's favor would result in a state university being able to offer a program only to those outside its home state.
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