Appeal denied in online ed dispute
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Maryland Higher Education Commission has voted not to revisit its decision denying a request by the University of Maryland University College to offer an online graduate program for community college administrators to in-state students, because it would compete with a similar program at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
The commission ruled in October that UMUC could not offer the degree program because it would be "unreasonably duplicative of, and demonstrably harmful to," a similar program already offered at Morgan State, a historically black institution.
Morgan State is protected by state regulatory language that calls for "appropriate steps" to preserve the "institutional competitiveness" of programs at historically black colleges.
The ruling was state officials said, as one of the first cases of a Maryland college being blocked from creating an online program that would compete with an existing classroom-based program. Online education commands a growing share of the higher education market, because of potential cost savings and convenience.
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Daniel de Vise
January 29, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories: Community Colleges , Online , Publics | Tags: HBCUs, Morgan State University, Online education, University of Maryland University College
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