Tag: higher education

Johns Hopkins University Places 11th in Latest U.S. News and World Report Ranking of Best Colleges


Johns Hopkins University placed eleventh in the national university category, tied with Dartmouth College, in the 2017-2018 best college ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

A MICA Degree Is a Worse Investment Than Just Not Going to College



Whoa. I mean, of course, we’re not getting art degrees to be rich, but this new research from PayScale Inc. is pretty jaw-dropping. PayScale looked at the salaries of 62 MICA graduates ($40,000 to $74,000) and set that against the average cost of a degree there ($205,200) to calculate the average 20-year return on investment. It comes out negative!

That means, theoretically, 20 years after your MICA degree you’re still $90,000 behind someone who skipped college altogether!

MICA Announces New President

MICA's new president, Samuel Hoi.
MICA’s new president, Samuel Hoi.

The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) Board of Trustees today announced Samuel Hoi as the next president in the College’s 188-year history, effective July 1, 2014. Hoi is currently president of Otis College of Art and Design, in Los Angeles. He will succeed President Fred Lazarus IV, who will step down after 36 years.

In selecting Hoi, the board noted his bold steps to highlight art and design’s tangible impact, as evidenced by the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy produced under his direction, and his efforts to position Otis students as community engagement leaders through the launch of the Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program curriculum model. Under Hoi’s leadership, enrollment at Otis increased as much as 34 percent, operating resources have more than doubled and the endowment has more than tripled, attributable in part to a 200 percent increase in individual donors.

Hospitals Practice the Fine Art of Healing


Courtesy Bmore Media – Payroll manager Joey Campbell used to take her work with her to outpatient chemotherapy treatments at Mercy Medical Center.

But now she has found a more uplifting way to pass the time while she undergoes the brutal, hours-long treatment at the downtown Baltimore hospital. She’s making jewelry and creating rubber stamp projects, thanks to Mercy’s artist-in-residence, Andrea Cooper. Campbell says she hopes she and other volunteers have brightened the moods of patients at Mercy’s Institute for Cancer Care for the past five years.

Johns Hopkins Awards More Master’s Degrees Than Almost Anyone Else

Graph via the Washington Post.
Graph via the Washington Post.

Oh, haven’t you heard? A master’s degree is the new bachelor’s. The New York Times calls it “credential inflation”; the editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education says it’s an “endless loop” where universities offer more programs, which leads to job recruiters requesting more advanced degrees, which leads to more students getting master’s degrees, which leads to… well, you get the picture. Nationwide, the number of people getting master’s degrees rose 63 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and schools in DC, Maryland, and Virginia are producing quite a few of them.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland Earns Double Honors from Kiplinger

winter swimming
winter swimming

Last month, the popular trendcasters at Kiplinger called out the Top 100 Values in Public College Education and five Maryland schools made the cut: University of Maryland, College Park, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Salisbury University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Towson U.

Then, earlier this month, Kiplinger ranked the 10 Best Public Colleges with the Highest Graduation Rates, and one Maryland school made the grade: St. Mary’s College. So why all the press?

Big Fish Q&A with UB President Robert Bogomolny



University of Baltimore President Robert Bogomolny

University of Baltimore President Robert Bogomolny (pronounced bow-go-mole-knee) isn’t your stereotypical chief university officer, with patches on the elbows of his blazer and a past life performed most loudly in chalk-dusty seminar classrooms. Before accepting the job in August of 2002, Bogomolny served as corporate senior VP and general counsel at the pharmaceutical firm G.D. Searle and Company (think Ambien, Metamucil, Nutrasweet), and before that as professor of law and dean of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University from 1977 to 1987. Born in Cleveland in 1938, Bogomolny’s business and academic experience is rich and varied; he is widely credited with amping UB’s enrollment and enabling the school’s urban campus to expand and beautify annually, and credited, as well, with knowing how to dig in and “grow” the school based largely upon his far-reaching resume.

Oh the Places You’ll Go: Local Seniors Share Where They See Themselves in 10 Years


It’s that time of year, when students across the nation are unleashed on the world to begin their journey toward their dreams.  Where do they see themselves in the future?  Local seniors share with our intern Rixey Moore where they see themselves in the next ten years. – The Eds.

Devon Hitt

“In ten years I will be living in Baltimore completing my second year of residency in general surgery and acute trauma care. My hours will be extensive but, I will be sure to also spend time with my friends and family.”- Devon Hitt, Roland Park Country School, University of Pennsylvania

Brendon Hudson

“I see myself putting my good work ethic and amazing Gilman education into all aspects of the restaurant business and climbing up the ladder of success!” – Brendon Hudson, Gilman School, Class of 2012, Culinary Institute of America, Class of 2016


Keyarra Howard

Big Fish Q&A with Notre Dame of Maryland University President Mary Pat Seurkamp


Fifteen years ago, when Mary Pat Seurkamp accepted the president’s post at what was then known as the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, the small Roman Catholic school — picturesquely sandwiched between sedate Roland Park and even more sedate Homeland in North Baltimore — smoldered with internal discontent. Not exactly what you’d expect from a decorous institution established by the School Sisters of Notre Dame — an order of nuns — as a women’s college in 1895. But the faculty and the administrative staff were still nursing an intense migraine from what they considered the four-year autocratic rule of Seurkamp’s predecessor, a member of the School Sisters who resigned suddenly amid the tumult.

The school’s first secular president, Seurkamp immediately set about restoring stability, prompting the head of the college’s faculty senate to tell The Baltimore Sun, “She’s really lifted the spirits of this place.”   

During her stewardship, Seurkamp has helped to engineer a significant transformation of Notre Dame, which comprises an all-women undergrad division, plus co-ed graduate and continuing-studies divisions. Under Seurkamp, the institution has overhauled its academic structure into the schools of Education, Nursing, and Arts and Sciences; increased its emphasis on health-care education by creating a School of Pharmacy and enhancing undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing; established a doctorate in education; pumped $120 million into capital improvements; and guided the school through a hand-wringing name-change process, as it morphed from the century-plus-old College of Notre Dame of Maryland (delightfully naughty acronym: CONDOM) into the slightly less unwieldy Notre Dame of Maryland University this past September.  

Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Chicago and South Bend, IN., Seurkamp earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Webster University in 1968, her master’s in guidance and counseling from Washington University in 1969, and her PhD in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. Upon completing her master’s, she embarked on what has turned into a live-long career in higher ed, beginning at Gannon University in Erie, PA., and moving on to the Roman Catholic-affiliated St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y., in 1976. There, she served in a variety of administrative capacities — vice president for Institutional Planning and Research, vice president for Academic Services and Planning, and dean, among others — until she signed on at Notre Dame.

In May of last year, Seurkamp announced that she would step down as president at the end of the 2011-2012 academic year, telling the school’s board of trustees, “Leadership requires us to build a strong foundation for the next generation of leaders…. I trust I leave to the next president core strengths from which new transformational steps will be taken.” 

The mother of three adult children and grandmother of three, Seurkamp, now 65, lives in Roland Park with her husband, Bob, the former executive director of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board at the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation — and soon-to-be former “presidential spouse,” as he sportively terms it in an online business-networking listing. The couple plans to retire to a home on Sue Creek, near Middle River, in Baltimore County.


Sum up your life philosophy in one sentence. 

Most problems can be solved by using our talents collaboratively and by trusting in God’s grace and wisdom. 

When did you define your most important goals, and what are they? 

In college I knew I wanted to work with young adults in higher education, and later I realized that my commitment was really to the education of students of all ages. 

What is the best advice you ever got that you followed? 

My husband reminds me every day, “Have fun in what you do!” 

The worst advice, and did you follow it? Or how did you muffle it? 

An advisor in college once told me there was no opportunity for women in higher ed. (Do you think I listened?) 

What are the three most surprising truths you’ve discovered in your lifetime? 

1) It is important to find meaning in your work. 

2) Students keep you young. 

3) Your pets can make any day better. 

What is the best moment of the day? 

Any time spent with my grandchildren — which I wish happened more often. 

What is on your bedside table? 

In all honesty, an alarm clock and a book (stacked up among many to read), plus a rosary that one of my favorite aunts gave me. 

What is your favorite local charity? 

Notre Dame of Maryland University — no surprise here! — and our partners at Catholic Charities, where many of our students volunteer. 

What advice would you give a young person who aspires to do what you are doing? 

Get your doctorate, work hard, believe in yourself, and take advantage of every opportunity put before you. 

Why are you successful? 

I believe deeply in the importance of the work we do in higher education, which motivates me to be focused, committed, and, hopefully, strategic. None of it would have happened without a supportive family and great colleagues. 

Locally, a trio of longtime women’s colleges — Hood, Goucher, Villa Julie (now Stevenson) — has switched to a co-educational format. While Notre Dame of Maryland University’s graduate and part-time divisions admit both women and men, its undergraduate program steadfastly retains an all-women status. Why? What are the inherent benefits of a single-gender higher education? 

The education of women has been Notre Dame’s mission since our founding by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Although times have changed, the benefits of small class sizes, personal attention, and an atmosphere that encourages women’s intellectual and leadership potential remain relevant. 

Research shows us that women who attend women’s colleges are more highly engaged and serious about their academic goals. They are also more likely to enter fields like math and science, and then continue on to graduate school. As a graduate of a women’s college, I can say that it was a place where I learned to trust my abilities and my instincts. I still see that strong sense of competence and confidence in our graduates today. They go out into the world secure that they will “get things done.” 

Notre Dame is also a Catholic institution. Are such faith-based schools anachronisms in our multicultural society? What distinguishes them? Where do they fit? 

Notre Dame’s mission and clarity of purpose are as relevant today as they were when we were founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame 117 years ago. There is nothing outdated about understanding that knowledge and faith are partners in pursuing truth. 

We welcome students of all faith traditions — because we are Catholic. When you visit our campus, you will meet students of diverse religious affiliations and cultural backgrounds. They come to Notre Dame because they appreciate the values of compassion, responsibility, and service that are not just inherent in our mission, but also woven into our curriculum and programs. Issues of faith are freely discussed, especially about how our beliefs inform our choices. As well, our students learn that education is not just about their own development or about their career, but also about one’s responsibilities to serve others. There will always be a desire among students for an educational environment that incorporates faith and learning, focusing on the whole person. 

You plan to step down as Notre Dame president at the conclusion of the current academic year. What is the single most important thing that you learned about higher education during your 15-year tenure? 

What has been reinforced for me is that there is no other factor that has the ability to transform an individual or society the way education can. Spending time with our students is always inspiring.