Maryland’s Sweet 16 Celebrate Community Colleges

Maryland’s Community Colleges Serve 500,000 Students Annually

Did you know?

  • 70 percent of Maryland freshmen and sophomore college students are enrolled in one of Maryland’s 16 community colleges. For many, a four-year college is not the right fit.
  • Each year, Maryland’s community colleges enroll a diverse population of nearly 500,000 students – 150,000 in credit programs and 350,000 in continuing education and workforce development courses.
  • At the very core of the missions of community colleges is accessibility to a diverse population. Community colleges effectively cater to those working full-time jobs, caring for an aging or ill family member, those serving in the military, and many other life circumstances. We do so through innovative day, evening, weekend, and 24/7 online opportunities.

 

At the College of Southern Maryland

CSM serves over 23,000 learners each year

65 percent of all Southern Maryland high school graduates going to college choose CSM

63 percent of CSM students attend part time and work 10 or more hours per week

The average age of CSM students is 25

The racial and ethnic diversity is greater among CSM students than in the general Southern Maryland population

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The College of Southern Maryland is proud to participate in the national recognition of Community College Month during the month of April. Donate during the entire month to support CSM’s Student Success Fund! The CSM Student Success Fund is a general fund used to run the CSM Foundation and provides scholarships, equipment, technology, and anything needed and associated with helping all CSM students succeed.

The 16 Maryland community colleges have partnered together to highlight the impact and role of Maryland’s community colleges and why it’s important to support them during Community College Month. We hope you will join us in celebrating Maryland’s Sweet 16.

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Media Facts & Figures:

  • More than 50% of Maryland’s community college students transfer to in-state colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate
  • Maryland’s community colleges have dozens of transfer agreements with colleges and universities, both in-state and out-of-state, that guarantee the maximum number of credits will transfer and save students thousands of dollars in achieving their bachelor’s
  • There are 156 non-credit program options at Maryland’s community colleges that meet professional licensing and certification requirements for in-demand jobs within our local communities – to over 100,000 students annually.
  • Maryland’s community colleges engage diverse student populations through enriching co- curricular activities, service opportunities, and clubs. Students participate in successful, competitive men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs as part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MDJUCO) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
  • 88% of alumni from Maryland’s 16 community colleges remain within the state and they contribute to their local and state economies by purchasing goods and services and as engaged tax-paying citizens.
  • Community College students learn from an accomplished faculty that is student-focused. Additionally, student support is one of the ways community colleges stand out among other higher education institutions. Typical services include academic and career advising, counseling, tutorials, health care, financial aid, and library and computer lab services.
  • Maryland community colleges offer degree, certificate and skills training programs to support workforce development for the region’s fastest growing industries such as nursing, allied health, cybersecurity, and hospitality.

Source: Maryland Association of Community Colleges

At the College of Southern Maryland:
Student Success, Completion Are At the Forefront of CSM’s Academic Innovations

Academic innovations at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) are making an impact in a big way by guiding students toward success and in meeting their goals.

“At the College of Southern Maryland, our passion is transforming lives, and our focus is on our students,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy. “For 60 years, we have been a pillar in the community, helping students to succeed, and Southern Maryland succeed, socially and economically.”

In Maryland, Community College Alums Positively Impact Their Local Economies

At the College of Southern Maryland: 

80 percent of CSM graduates remain in Southern Maryland

CSM Alums pay it forward

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In Maryland, Excellent Faculty Encourage A Collegiate Environment

  • Community college students learn from an accomplished faculty that is student-focused. Additionally, student support is one of the ways community colleges stand out among other higher education institutions. Typical services include academic and career advising, counseling, tutorials, health care, financial aid, and library and computer lab services.
  • The average student-to-faculty ratio at Maryland’s community colleges is 16:1 which encourages a collegiate environment of increased student/faculty

At the College of Southern Maryland: 

Since 1989, the annual Faculty Excellence Award recognizes Outstanding Contributions to Teaching; Curriculum and Professional Development; College Community and the Community at Large*

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nrc grants
The College of Southern Maryland is one of six community colleges in the nation and one of two academic institutions in the state of Maryland to receive NRC funding.

Community Colleges Provide Programs to Meet Requirements for In-Demand Jobs

  • There are 156 non-credit program options at Maryland’s community colleges that meet professional licensing and certification requirements for in-demand jobs within our local communities–to over 100,000 students annually.
  • Maryland community colleges offer degree, certificate and skills training programs to support workforce development for the region’s fastest growing industries such as nursing, allied health, cybersecurity and hospitality.

At the College of Southern Maryland:
Answering National, Regional Industry Demand

CSM plays a significant role in shaping the local economy by educating and training the future workforce and enriching the lives of Southern Maryland residents. The Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET), located at CSM’s Regional Hughesville Campus, provides residents direct access to specialized training in career fields that have substantial growth potential such as skilled trades.

We are democracy’s colleges. …We are the opportunity for people who live here … We level the playing field. We are the only American form of higher education,” said CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy” Watch it here.

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Community Colleges Engage Diverse Student Populations

  • Maryland’s community colleges engage diverse student populations through enriching co-curricular activities, service opportunities, and clubs.
  • Students participate in successful, competitive men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs as part of the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MDJUCO) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

At the College of Southern Maryland:
CSM’s Women’s Basketball Team Earns NJCAA Region XX Runner Up

The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Women’s Basketball team finished runner-up to the champion Chesapeake College Skipjacks in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XX Tournament Sunday, March 10. Finishing with a record of 15-12, the Lady Hawks “showed a lot of grit and toughness throughout the whole season,” according to their coach.

CSM Point Guard Freshman Amaya Yancey makes NJCAA Division II Third Team All American

CSM is the fifth largest veteran-serving college or university in Maryland. CSM has, for the fifth year in a row, been identified as a Military Friendly® post-secondary school for veterans and their spouses.

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Transfer Students Save Thousands of Dollars in Achieving Bachelor’s Degrees

  • More than 50 percent of Maryland’s community college students transfer to in-state colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degrees.
  • Maryland’s community colleges have dozens of transfer agreements with colleges and universities, both in-state and out-of-state, that guarantee the maximum number of credits will transfer and save students thousands of dollars in achieving their bachelor’s degrees.

At the College of Southern Maryland:

In the past reporting year, a total of 1,682 CSM students transferred to 239 four-year colleges and universities in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico within the subsequent academic year.

  • Sixty-four percent of those students transferred to in-state, four-year institutions such as St. Mary’s College of Maryland (62 students), Towson University (158 students), University of Maryland College Park (210 students) and University of Maryland University College (393 students).
  • In addition, CSM has in place more than 60 guaranteed transfer agreements with partnering colleges and universities, several of which are related to STEM fields including agreements with Capella University, Capitol Technology University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, George Washington University, Morgan State University, Southern New Hampshire University, University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland University College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and West Virginia University.
  • And CSM remains committed to expanding current agreements and to developing new agreements with other Maryland postsecondary institutions.
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