III-9.00 GUIDELINES ON NON-USM INSTITUTIONS OFFERING PROGRAMS AT USM REGIONAL CENTERS (Approved by the Board of Regents, June 22, 2005) The following guidelines apply to University System of Maryland regional centers at Shady Grove and at Hagerstown. USM centers at Hagerstown and Shady Grove provide programs needed to increase educational opportunities in particular underserved regions of the State. Programs are usually identified as critical to workforce development by the center itself, by a USM institution, or by constituencies throughout the region or the State. In general, when a program need is identified, the USM center will contact any USM institution that may have the capability to offer the program at the center. If no USM institution wishes to offer the program off campus at the center, and the need has been clearly demonstrated, the center director will work to secure a program from another in-state private or public institution. In October 2004, MHEC prepared a report that had been requested by the Joint Chairs of the Maryland General Assembly, Examination of Maryland's Regional Higher Education Centers. The following process in approving a non- USM institution to deliver a program to a USM regional center is consistent with the recommendations of the JCR. When a center has established that there is a regional or state-wide need that cannot be met by a USM institution, the center director will so notify USM and MHEC. - MHEC, in consultation with USM, will develop and distribute an RFP to inform the higher education community of programs needed by the center. - MHEC will review proposals from public institutions to ensure that programs are consistent with the institution's approved mission. (Private institutions do not have approved missions.) - When MHEC has completed its review, all program proposals will be forwarded to USM. - USM will review the proposals to ensure that the programs satisfy criteria of quality and need. - The center director will review the proposals and make recommendations to the provosts' governing council, which makes the decision about which institution seems best suited to offer the program at the center. - The center director will then ensure that the proposed program has sufficient resources to successfully offer the program and will develop with the institution an MOU similar to that used for USM institutions. The MOU will stipulate that the program will be charged the full cost of operation and overhead, and will not be eligible to receive planning or start-up funds from the center.