Opponents of this legislation argue that it is not necessary; it just serves an already great school in becoming marginally better. Such thinking is not just short sighted, it is plain wrong. The fact is, Maryland is one of the only states in the nation that does not tie its state flagship institution with its medical school, law school and host of other professional programs. This separation simply does not make any sense and actively harms both institutions and their students. Specifically, it prevents UMCP and UMB from offering special programs such as a pre-medical track, a six-year pharmacy degree, or dual B.A./J.D. tracks that so many other public institutions offer; it severely hurts their competitiveness when it comes to attracting lucrative research grants, and it prevents the University of Maryland from being considered at the same level as many of its peer institutions.