TU president to present budget to General Assembly

FY2008 operating budget reflects enrollment growth and response to work force needs

TOWSON, Md. (Feb. 15, 2007)—Next Tuesday and Wednesday President Robert L. Caret will make the case for TU’s operating budget before the 423rd legislative session of Maryland’s General Assembly.

He’ll tell the assembled legislators that the requests are essential for ensuring Marylanders continued access to public higher education.

“President Caret will tell the assembly that TU is proud to be Maryland’s Metropolitan University,” says Jennifer Gajewski, assistant to the president for governmental relations. “He’ll point out that to best provide accessible, affordable and high-quality academic programs to a broad cross-section of our society, it’s vital we maintain our planned operating budget increase and scheduled capital-funding priorities.”

In FY2007 Maryland designated TU as the University System of Maryland’s primary growth institution. With the governor’s FY2008 budget, TU is expected to grow by 400 students next fall. President Caret will emphasize that maintaining a planned $9.72 million operating budget increase is vital for TU in supporting enrollment growth while maintaining quality and increasing student financial aid.

Another key point he’ll make is that “an investment in Towson University is an investment in Maryland’s future,” reminding legislators that over 80 percent of the 3,500 graduates to whom TU awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees enter the state’s work force in the fields of teaching, health care, business, science, technology and the arts.

Caret will tell state lawmakers that TU addresses critical work force needs by offering academic programs in high-demand areas, including allied health, nursing, teacher education, business and information technology, and homeland security.

Gajewski points out that TU will play a pivotal role in helping the state adjust to the federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. “Through BRAC, Maryland is expected to gain tens of thousands of new jobs at its military bases,” she says.

“With a properly funded operating budget, TU can continue to respond effectively to work force needs by providing the education and training initiatives that will prepare Maryland’s citizens for those jobs.”

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