Regents' panel urges campus-merger study Board to weigh UMAB-UMBC unity Aug. 28.


A committee of the University of Maryland Board of Regents has voted to recommend studying a merger of the University of Maryland at Baltimore and the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

The committee recommended the study yesterday and the full board is expected to consider the question Aug. 28. If a study is done, it is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

The issue of merging the Baltimore and Catonsville UM campuses was raised by the Maryland Higher Education Commission last month as part of the Maryland Plan for Postsecondary Education, a statewide blueprint drawn up by Higher Education Secretary Shaila Aery.

She also has proposed merging Coppin State College in West Baltimore, which is part of the UM system, with Morgan State University in northeast Baltimore, which has its own board of trustees.

The regents' committee did not take any action on that proposal yesterday. Regent Albert N. Whiting said merging Morgan and Coppin would violate the 1988 law creating the UM system.

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