University of Maryland is on 'warning' amid an accreditation review. What does that mean?

Amid a review of the University of Maryland’s accreditation, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has placed the university on warning. The commission initiated an accreditation review in November as the university grappled to manage the fallout from football player Jordan McNair’s death in the spring of 2018.Here are a few things to know about the warning and accreditation: What is accreditation and who gives it? Accreditation is the stamp of approval that allows Maryland students to receive federal financial aid. For universities in the state of Maryland, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the unpaid entity tasked with regulating accreditation. (Balt. Sun)

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University of Maryland gets $3.1 million from NIH for flu vaccine

University of Maryland, College Park will work to create a universal flu vaccine, fueled by a new $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant was awarded to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, a joint veterinary school run by UMD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Virginia Tech. The school won the funding largely because of its previous work, including patenting a technology for intranasal vaccine delivery, as opposed to a standard injection into a person's muscle tissue. The technology enables safer and more effective vaccine delivery for higher-risk populations that are more susceptible to infection, like the very young and the elderly.

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Hopkins taps University of Maryland dean to head business school

Johns Hopkins University didn't turn far to find the next dean of its Carey Business School. The school said Monday that Alexander Triantis, who is dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, will begin the role on Aug. 15. Triantis becomes the third dean in the 12-year history of the Hopkins Carey Business School. He replaces Bernard T. Ferrari, who officially retired Monday after more than six years in the job. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore County's new school superintendent eager to learn, collaborate to improve district's future

A blue and green sign hangs above the thick columns that mark the entrance to Baltimore County Public Schools headquarters: “Welcome, Dr. Williams,” it reads. Monday was Darryl Williams first day at the helm of a district with a $1.6 billion budget, 18,000 employees, 174 schools and 113,000 students. His time was blocked off into tight chunks accommodate a slew of one-on-one meetings with school board members, talks with student groups, sessions with staff, and interviews with reporters eager to know Williams’ plan for the system. (Balt. Sun)

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What Accreditors Heard – And Had to Say – When They Visited UMD

When accreditors visited the University of Maryland College Park for a review in late March, a series of changes to the university’s governance were already underway. And while lauded as “commendable” by the team from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, what had been done up to that point was not enough to avoid a warning that came last week. College Park’s accreditation was placed on warning after the commission considered a review team report that detailed communication breakdowns, secrecy and a lack of trust in University System of Maryland leadership, particularly in the months following the death of College Park football player Jordan McNair after a team practice. (Md. Matters)

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Md. schools chief draws a salary of more than $300,000 in four-year contract

The newly appointed leader of Prince George’s County Public Schools will earn more than $300,000 a year under a four-year contract approved Thursday. Monica E. Goldson, recently appointed chief executive of Maryland’s second-largest school system, begins her tenure July 1 as the school system’s permanent leader with an annual starting salary of $302,000. That is more than school leaders in the District, Fairfax County, and Montgomery County and more than Goldson’s predecessor. (Wash. Post)

 

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With union backing, D.C. Council introduces proposed overhaul of controversial teacher evaluation system

The District’s controversial teacher evaluation system could face significant changes under proposed legislation that would give the teachers union substantial input in the system’s design during collective bargaining. The evaluation system — which was one of the first in the nation to tie teachers’ job security and paychecks to class performance — has been central to the District’s high-profile education efforts over the past decade and is one of the more controversial legacies of former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. (Wash. Post)

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D.C. continues misspending funds intended for neediest in its schools, report says

The District’s public schools continue to misspend money designated to help the city’s most vulnerable students, according to a report from the Office of the D.C. Auditor. The campuses serving the highest concentrations of students from low-income families experience regular budget cuts, the report found, and the targeted funds are used to plug those financial holes, a violation of city law. (Wash. Post)

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