Statement from Governor Martin O'Malley on the Princeton Review's Ranking of Four Maryland Colleges Among the Nation's "Best Values"
ANNAPOLIS, MD (January 8, 2009) – Governor Martin O’Malley issued the following statement today following the Princeton Review’s publication, in cooperation with USA Today, of four Maryland institutions among the nation’s top 50 “Best Value” public colleges for 2009.
“I want to congratulate the students, faculty, and administration of Towson University, Salisbury University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the University of Maryland Baltimore County for the extraordinary distinction among the top 50 ‘Best Value’ public colleges in America by the Princeton Review.
“Over the past two years, even in difficult economic conditions, we have continued to protect our shared priority of making quality, affordable higher education accessible to more Marylanders rather than fewer. By freezing in-state college tuition for the past three years, we have not only made national recognition like this possible, but we have allowed the dream of a college education to become a reality for Maryland families for whom it may not have been possible otherwise.
“Coupled with this week’s top national ranking of Maryland’s public school system by Education Week, our State is quickly emerging as a national model for education. The people of Maryland represent our greatest competitive advantage as a State. Our continued economic strength depends upon our ability to invest in them, and prepare today’s students for the opportunities of tomorrow.”