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Maryland Congressional Democrats Hold Roundtable On Higher Ed

May 4th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Members of Maryland’s congressional delegation gathered Wednesday to hear from leaders in Maryland’s higher education community on how to best serve Maryland colleges and the students they educate. Members held an in-depth discussion with University System of Maryland Chancellor Dr. Robert Caret, McDaniel College President and Chair of the Maryland Independent Colleges and University Association (MICUA) Board of Trustees Dr. Roger Casey, Morgan State University President Dr. David Wilson, and Chesapeake College President and Vice-President of the Maryland Association of Community Colleges (MACC) Executive Committee Dr. Barbara Viniar.

“Maryland families know and understand the value of a higher education, yet for far too many, families are being forced to undertake significant debt in order to place their foothold in the middle class. Our state’s colleges and universities understand this challenge faced by Marylanders and shared their vision on how to build on efforts to provide students with an affordable higher education said Senator Ben Cardin. “As a delegation, Team Maryland is committed to working with our state’s leaders in higher education to provide quality, affordable educational opportunities for Maryland families.”

“Working to ensure higher education is affordable for Maryland students continues to be a top priority for the Maryland Delegation,” said Congressman Steny H. Hoyer. “I remain hopeful that Congress can work together in a bipartisan manner, similar to the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, in a way that improves both access and affordability for our students.  As a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and as a former Regent of the University System of Maryland, I will continue to work with my colleagues to invest in education for all students in our state.”

“I was happy to meet with higher education leaders today to talk about moving forward on issues affecting students in Maryland,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will work tirelessly to protect the support for higher education we secured in the FY17 spending bill we’re voting on this week, and to fight the many harmful education cuts proposed in President Trump’s FY18 budget. Every child who has the desire and willingness to go to college and work hard should have the opportunity for success – without worrying about the cost. We need to tackle the issue not only of college affordability, but of the crushing debt that many students graduate with. I look forward to working with the entire Congressional Delegation and Maryland’s higher education leaders to tackle these and many other issues.”

“Maryland is home to some of the world’s best colleges and universities – the challenge now is to ensure they are affordable and accessible to Maryland students,” said Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. “College students now owe more than $1.4 trillion in education loans, second only to home mortgages, in terms of consumer debt. I stand ready to support all efforts to ease student debt so that we can continue providing a pipeline of workers ready to hit the ground running and secure a job right out of college.”

“In today’s high-skill, high-tech global economy, education has never been more important. I know that education changed my life and I want every Marylander to have the same opportunity. I thank Senator Cardin and Whip Hoyer for convening this meeting with state leaders and continuing the dialogue on how we can improve access and opportunity,” said Congressman John K. Delaney.

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