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UB Pres. Kurt Schmoke: A City University of Baltimore?

Courtesy University of Baltimore

Today, it’s another installment of Midday on Higher Education, our series of interviews with local college presidents.

A couple of months ago, University of Baltimore President and former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke made an interesting proposal in an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun. He imagined that three local colleges —UB, Coppin State and Baltimore City Community College — could come together to form a City University of Baltimore.

A couple of weeks later, Dr. David Wilson, the President of Morgan State University, responded with his own op-ed in The Sun. He suggested that UB should merge with his institution instead of Coppin State. We’ll be speaking with Dr. Wilson about that idea next month.

Today, Kurt Schmoke joins Tom in Studio A to talk about the advantages and the challenges of combining, in some way, three heretofore separate institutions...

Jon Marcus joins us as well. He is the higher education editor of The Hechinger Report. He has written extensively about the growing trend of colleges and universities combining in various ways. He wrote a terrific piece in yesterday’s New York Times on this very subject.

This program was livestreamed on the WYPR Facebook page; watch the video here.

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