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Group updated on university plans

September 11, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

After months of planning, David Warner, executive director of the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, said three state universities have agreed to offer master's degree programs and bachelor-level courses at the school and he expects about 450 students for the spring semester.

Warner and JoEllen Barnhart, the school's associate director, presented a 45-minute update about the project's status, student demographics, marketing strategies, academic and municipal partnerships and the budget on Friday morning at Robinwood Medical Center. The presentation was made to the Greater Hagerstown Committee, a group of local business leaders, representatives from local colleges, and city, county and state elected officials.

Frostburg (Md.) State University will offer courses in sociology, business administration and criminal justice, and master's courses in business administration and education. The University of Maryland University College in Adelphi, Md., will offer courses in accounting and liberal arts, and information management is under consideration. The University of Maryland-Baltimore will offer bachelor and master's courses in nursing and a master's degree in social work.


"My target when we open in January of 2005, I want to have four USM schools here," Warner said.

Warner said the system currently is in talks with Towson (Md.) University about offering additional baccalaureate programs in education, but a final decision hasn't been made about whether Towson would offer courses at the local campus.

He expects final decisions about the school's curriculum offerings following a Tuesday meeting with academic officers from participating universities and those considering bringing programs to the Hagerstown facility. The meeting will be at 8 a.m. at Frostburg State University.

Currently under construction at 32 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown campus is 95 percent complete, Warner said.

The system recently paid the University of Maryland, College Park, $19,000 to develop a marketing plan aimed primarily at defining USM.

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