Daily Record Staff//April 28, 2023
//April 28, 2023
An attorney with a law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Toni St. John has worked as a staff attorney for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, director of development and communications for the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, and as the executive director of Baltimore Collegetown Network since February.
In her present job, she runs a network of 13 colleges and universities charged with engaging and retaining students and raising the profile of Baltimore as an attractive college town.
What is the biggest challenge facing higher education?
Higher education continues to face challenges in enrollment, and we need to remain focused on the solutions. How can we ensure that students view higher education as a valuable investment? For the schools within our network, how do we attract and retain students to the Baltimore region? Our organization supports higher education partners in the Baltimore region by highlighting the diversity of their schools and the breadth of educational opportunities they offer to students.
What is the most encouraging development in higher education?
There is a renewed focus by higher education, industry and lawmakers on preparing students for careers, such as addressing a shortage of educators, health care practitioners or tech-skilled occupations. Pipeline programs to encourage diversity and recruitment in these and other fields remain critically important.
Higher education has a key role to play in workforce development so that our students and alumni can succeed by living, studying, and working in Baltimore.