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Teagle Foundation approves $50K grant to MICUA

The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) on Tuesday was awarded a $50,000 initial grant by the Teagle Foundation to help more community college students in Maryland achieve their goal of earning a degree from a four-year college.

Nationally, about 80% of community-college students want to earn a four-year degree, but fewer than 20% do so, according to MICUA. The association and its member institutions will work with Maryland’s 16 community colleges to create a comprehensive transfer consortium and improve transfer pathways to colleges.

With a focus on students who have been historically underrepresented and underserved at institutions of higher education, the MICUA consortium will aim to build upon existing opportunities to make transfer to independent schools from community colleges as smooth and seamless as possible.

Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Hood College, and Tony Hawkins, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Frederick Community College, co-chaired the workgroup that submitted the proposal and that included chief academic officers and grant writers from the MICUA campuses and the community colleges.

Through this grant, MICUA will work to create a mechanism for promoting transfer from Maryland community colleges to MICUA schools and for sharing transfer student outcomes across all institutions. Beyond allowing MICUA to build a statewide structure to collaborate with community college peers, this grant will help align MICUA priorities with the priorities of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for transfer, as well as nationwide interest in expanding post-secondary education to all those who seek it.