Morgan State University Wards Off Competing Doctoral Program

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has refused to hear an appeal of its decision to prohibit the University of Maryland from offering an online doctoral program to in-state residents. The program for community college administrators will still be offered to students who reside outside Maryland.

Morgan State University, the historically black educational institution in Baltimore, claims that the University of Maryland program was duplicative and competitive with Morgan State’s doctoral program. Morgan State argued that the University of Maryland program could not be permitted because, under the state’s agreement with the federal government to end racial segregation in higher education, such competitive programs are not allowed.