The Board of Regents Approves a New Business Model for the University of Maryland University College: A Serious Blow

Wow, what a mess at BSU. Really well-written piece, unlike the unfortunate, metaphorically-challenged “White Paper.” The more sunlight the better on this rogue BOR.

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Guest blogger David Kaloustian is a professor of English and Modern Languages at Bowie State University in Maryland.

An Unfortunately Chosen Metaphor

I note that the White Paper (see 4.b. here), which formed the basis of the Board of Regent’s change of course for higher education begins the history of UMUC with a rather unfortunately chosen metaphor:

General Lyman Lemnitzer, a former Commander in Chief of the U.S. Far East Command and the United Nations Command, once observed that the ‘sun never sets on the University of Maryland’ (2)

This is a play, of course, on the old adage that “The sun never sets on the British Empire,” which arose from the fact that the imperial expansion of the British had extended around the globe. The British and other colonial superpowers of the 19th century went into Africa and Asia and began divvying up the lot without consulting…

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