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The Baltimore Collegetown Network brings 13 colleges and universities together to attract, engage, and retain students and raise the profile of Baltimore as a great college town.

The Baltimore Collegetown Network connects colleges and energetically works to attract, engage, and retain students, our region’s next citizens and leaders. With 13 colleges and 120,000 students, Baltimore is a great college town!

 

  • Our Work

    The Baltimore Collegetown Network brings area colleges and universities -- including 120,000 students and $17 billion in economic activity – into a consortium that benefits each institution and the region as a whole. We articulate the message that Baltimore is a great college town and create programs that strengthen that claim.  Collegetown began as a grassroots effort in the late 1990s, was officially incorporated in 1999, and received 501c3 status in 2001. Our projects and partnerships attract, engage, and retain students, raise the profile of Baltimore as a college destination, and help colleges share resources. Primary programs include:

    • Academic partnerships: The Baltimore Student Exchange Program and library reciprocal borrowing privileges allow students to access resources on all member campuses.
    • Transportation: The Collegetown Shuttle transports more than 101,000 riders a year between six campuses and area destinations (it launched in 2001 with 12,000 riders).
    • Marketing:  Collegetown works to position Baltimore as a vibrant and welcoming city for college students. Print and online marketing materials show prospective and current students and others why Baltimore is a great college town. 
    • Internships: Collegetown’s online internship board allows businesses to post and students to search hundreds of listings, providing the only resource of its kind in the region.
    • Communities of Practice: Collegetown facilitates networking and staff development groups that bring campus and community leaders together. Groups include those focused on Human Resources, Emergency Management, New Student Programs, Student Activities and Affairs, Sustainability, Transportation, and others.
    • Research Studies: Collegetown publishes research studies including an economic impact study for higher education and student perception studies every three years.
    • Engagement Programs: A variety of engagement programs encourage students to get involved in the region, including a Welcome to Baltimore event for graduate students and weekly half-price and free tickets.
    • Collegetown LeaderShape: This year-long civic leadership program helps students learn about themselves, Baltimore, and how to create social change – and then supports them as they develop projects, programs, and internships that make the community stronger.


    Baltimore Collegetown is funded primarily by member colleges with additional support from area foundations and businesses. It is governed by a board of representatives from each member college, Baltimore City, and Baltimore County. Collegetown provides an important link between colleges and the community and we welcome new partnerships and opportunities – please contact us!

  • Our Mission

    Mission Statement

    The Baltimore Collegetown Network will have a strong and clear reputation as the premier higher education organization in the Baltimore region that facilitates the efforts of its members to:

    • Enhance the academic and social lives of college students in Baltimore;
    • Attract students, faculty and staff of strong academic and professional standing and diverse backgrounds to the Baltimore area institutions of higher education;
    • Increase professional development opportunities for faculty and staff working at the colleges in and around Baltimore;
    • Enable the Baltimore area colleges to share resources;
    • Promote the economic impact of higher education on the Greater Baltimore region;
    • Enhance the visibility of the higher education community in the Baltimore region locally, regionally, and nationally;
    • Serve as a resource and advocate to city officials and regional government; and,
    • Engage in community service and provide support to the Baltimore metro area.


    Vision Statement (Statement of Purpose)

    The member campuses of the Baltimore Collegetown Network will tap the collective strength and expertise of our campus programs, services, and leaders to further attract and retain well-educated and diverse students, faculty, and staff and further develop the Baltimore region into an attractive living and learning community.  Through advocacy, convening public and private sector partners, and serving as an information resource, the BCN will facilitate collaborative planning and community development to maximize academic, residential, transportation, cultural, and social opportunities that raise the visibility of Baltimore as a college destination and advance the development of the region as a competitive and vibrant metropolitan area. 

  • Member Institutions
  • Governing Board

    Lisa Akchin
    Assistant to the President for Government Relations
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Theresa Bedoya
    Dean & Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, Governing Board Treasurer
    Maryland Institute College of Art

    Shelia Burkhalter
    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
    University of Baltimore

    Joann Christopher-Hicks
    Chief of Staff, President's Office
    Coppin State University

    Greg FitzGerald
    Chief of Staff
    Notre Dame of Maryland University

    Cheryl Hitchcock
    Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Governing Board Member-At-Large
    Morgan State University

    Jeff Kelly
    Interim Vice President of Student Affairs
    Stevenson University

    Richard Lilley
    Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services
    Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)

    Flavius R. Lilly
    Assistant Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, Governing Board Member-At-Large
    University of Maryland, Baltimore

    Lynne Lochte
    Vice President for Finance and Administration
    Goucher College

    Deb Moriarty
    Vice President for Student Affairs, Governing Board Vice President
    Towson University

    Marianne Navarro
    Mayor's Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development, Anchor Institution Coordinator
    Baltimore City

    Terry Sawyer
    Vice President for Advancement, Governing Board President 
    Loyola University Maryland

    Kevin Sholleberger
    Vice President for Student Affairs
    Johns Hopkins University

    Sara Trenery
    Economic & Workforce Development Rep 
    Baltimore County

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