Group Files a Lawsuit to Protect Desegregation Efforts in Maryland Higher Education

The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to require the state to eliminate programs at predominantly white state universities that are duplicative of programs at Morgan State University, the historically black educational institution in Baltimore.

Specifically, the suit calls for ending the joint MBA program recently established at Towson University and the University of Baltimore. This program, according to the lawsuit, will draw white students away from the Morgan State University MBA program and lead to an increased level of racial segregation in the state’s system of higher education.

Under a desegregation agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Maryland is prohibited from establishing academic programs at predominantly white universities that are “unnecessarily duplicative” of programs at the state’s historically black universities.

The suit also asks the court to stop the University of Baltimore from implementing a plan next year to admit freshman and sophomore students. The suit claims that this decision will draw white students away from applying to Morgan State University and Coppin State University, the two black colleges in the city. Currently, the University of Baltimore has accepted only junior and senior transfer students into its undergraduate programs.