Governor Martin O’Malley has declared February 12, 2009 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day” in recognition of the vital role Maryland’s independent colleges serve in the state, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation.
Capitol College and other institutions that make up the Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) will bring more than 150 college students, executives and presidents from across the state to Annapolis for a day of briefings and special activities at the Historic Inn of Annapolis, Calvert House. Attendees from Capitol will include Dr. Michael Wood, President, Dr. Michael G. Gibbs, Vice President for College Advancement, Melinda Bunnell-Rhyne, Dean of Student Life and Retention and several undergraduate students.
“Maryland Independent Higher Education Day provides an excellent opportunity for students, faculty and staff to interact with our elected officials at the state level and share with them the importance of continued state support for independent colleges and universities in our state, such as Capitol College,” Dr. Gibbs said.
Student activities will begin with a briefing hosted by MICUA at 10:15 a.m. in the Calvert House. Following the briefing, students will visit with state legislators and public officials. The students will reconvene for a luncheon at 1 p.m., and guest of honor Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., President of the Senate in Maryland, will give the keynote address.
Capitol College and MICUA’s 17 other colleges and universities have been educating young men and women in Maryland for 226 years, and Governor O’Malley has commended the independent institutions for their significant contributions to higher education and recognized the broad public benefits these institutions provide by contributing to social mobility, economic prosperity, workforce development, scientific discoveries, global competitiveness, civic participation and service to community.
“Especially with our economy in recession, continued support from the state government and business communities is important for the growth and development of our workforce and citizens, and for the ability of our public and independent colleges and universities to educate them,” said Dr. Wood. “We appreciate the relationship of mutual support that we enjoy with Maryland’s executive and legislative leaders.”
Twenty-first century jobs require high-level skills and education. Furthermore, the educational attainment of a population is directly linked to the economic prosperity of a state. Maryland is one of the most highly competitive states in the nation, ranking second in bachelor’s degree attainment and third in its preparedness to support a global, knowledge-based economy. With an average household income of more than $65,000, Maryland ranks second nationally.
Maryland’s institutions of higher education, public and private, produce the knowledge and conduct the research underpinning the State’s economy. Every year, MICUA colleges and universities serve 52,000 students, confer one-quarter of all degrees awarded in the State, and attract almost $1.6 billion in research grants. These activities contribute to Maryland’s quality of life and standard of living.
Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as professional development training and certificates and partnerships with government and industry. Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, Maryland, a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol and is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical especially during these challenging economic times.
The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) is a member-driven organization devoted to serving the interests of independent higher education and supporting the work of campus leaders throughout the State. Established in 1971, the Association provides services to meet the needs of independent higher education and fosters cooperative efforts among its member institutions and all segments of higher education. As the voice of independent higher education in Maryland, MICUA seeks to inform the broader public about its member institutions and the vital importance of independent colleges and universities to the future of our State and nation.