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Following Gay Discrimination Claim, Morgan State Kappa Alpha Psi Chapter Violated Probation

A Morgan State University student at the center of a national story on sexuality and Greek organizations is claiming that a punishment levied against the campus’Alpha Iota Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. undergraduate chapter has been ignored by members. Continue reading

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Morgan State-Towson Joint Program Proposal Draws Concerns About Program Duplication

A draft proposal for joint academic programs between Morgan State University and Towson University is drawing concern from leaders at the flagship historically Black college in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Sun last week reported on four proposed degree programs that would allow students to earn jointly offered bachelor’s degrees at Towson and master’s degrees at Morgan State in metropolitan studies and city and regional planning, respectively, through a five-year program. The proposal was initially made available for review and approval by the Morgan State Board of Regents during its meeting earlier this month, but removed from the agenda before regents arrived.

Morgan State President David Wilson told the Sun that the plans were part of preliminary discussion between the two universities, and were not yet vetted by appropriate officials at the university. Academic officials from Towson say that the plans were part of more comprehensive discussions for program collaboration, which have also included ideas for joint offerings in engineering and construction management.

Morgan State and Towson have been at the center of decades-long contention on the issue of duplication of unique programs at Maryland’s four historically Black colleges and universities. The 2005 duplication of Morgan’s MBA program by Towson and the University of Baltimore is viewed by many to have been the catalyst for a lawsuit filed by graduates and students of the four HBCUs against the state.

Last October, a federal judge ruled in the case that Maryland has operated a system of ‘separate but equal’ higher education between black and white students by way of program duplication, and ordered the state and the filing Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education to mediate for remedies, including the possible return of some programs back to the historically Black colleges.

Morgan State Board Chairman Kweisi Mfume told the Sun that the university has no interest in joint offerings with Towson.

“We have no desire at all, at this particular time, this board, to be pursuing any programs with Towson,” said Mfume, who added he had not seen the proposals and is seeking more information. “I can tell you the board is not interested in any shared programs right now. We are, as a university, against program duplication.”