Debate Continues Over Online Program in Maryland

January 13, 2010

The University of System of Maryland is appealing for reconsideration by the Maryland Higher Education Commission of a decision to block an online degree program in community college administration because it might compete with an in-person program at Morgan State University, The Baltimore Sun reported. Morgan State is a historically black college and the commission cited the state's desegregation pledges to avoid duplicative programs that might undercut its offerings. But those pledges took place before the growth in online learning, and system officials fear the decision in the case could limit future programs. The University of Maryland University College, which wanted to offer the program, is still able to do so -- but not for residents of Maryland.

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