Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. , joined presidents of other Maryland private colleges and Universities in Annapolis on Feb. 9 to press the state government for continued funding of these institutions. Administrators and students were in the state capital in observation of Maryland Independent Higher Education Day declared by Governor Martin O’Malley in recognition of the vital independent colleges and universities play in the State, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation.
In his testimony to the Education and Economic Development Subcommittee of House Appropriations Committee, Spence expressed thanks for the level of funding that the state has provided for Sellinger Aid in the fiscal 2013 Budget and asked for continued funding of the program. He said that last year, WAU used 70 percent of its Sellinger Aid for need-based aid for students who are residents of Maryland.
“WAU serves a financially needy student population,” he said. “Over 50 percent of our students are Pell Grant recipients. Ninety eight percent of all our students need some form of financial aid...Without financial aid, this needy population would not have the opportunity to receive a college education in a small service-oriented setting.”
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 63,000 students, award about 30 percent of all degrees conferred by a Maryland four-year institution, and attract $2.4 billion in research grants. These activities contribute to Maryland’s quality of life and standard of living.
Other member institutions include: Capitol College, Goucher College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, St. John’s College, Sojourner-Douglass College, Stevenson University, Washington Adventist University, and Washington College.