Located on the Chesapeake College Wye Mills Campus
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will provide access to higher education in the underserved area of the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland through a comprehensive delivery of baccalaureate and graduate degree programs that meet the educational needs of area citizens and the economic development needs of the region. The Center is committed to creating an environment that provides affordable, quality, educational experiences, support services, a focus on student achievement, choice in instructional delivery, and innovative use of instructional technology to meet the needs of diverse learners.
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center, through the partnership of Chesapeake College, Salisbury University, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and other collegiate institutions, will excel as a 21st century learning community committed to increasing baccalaureate and graduate degree programs that support the educational and economic development needs of the region.
Identity and Purpose
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center (ESHEC) is located on the campus of Chesapeake College, in the heart of the Upper Eastern Shore Region which serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot Counties. The campus is located off of US Route 50 and Maryland Route 213. The purpose of the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center is to improve access to higher education in underserved areas of the Upper Eastern Shore, as identified in the 1998 Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education.
With convenient access to all five Upper Eastern Shore counties, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center provides both baccalaureate and graduate degree programs and services comparable in quality to those available in other areas of the state of Maryland. The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center was developed through a partnership among Chesapeake College, Salisbury University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Mission of the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center is aligned with those of the partnering institutions. In partnership with educational institutions on the Eastern Shore, local and state government, business and non-profit organizations, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will play a key role in educational and economic development of the region. By supporting and providing on-going, high quality opportunities for learning, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center enhances both the employment opportunities and overall quality of life for citizens of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
The Executive Director of the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center reports to the Chesapeake College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Economic Development and ultimately to the President and Board of Trustees for Chesapeake College. However, a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from each of the partners, meets at least 2 times each year to evaluate current programs, discuss the proposed budget for the ESHEC, and address concerns or issues that may arise. They also communicate via email and phone throughout the year, as needed.
Current partner institutions and include the founding partners: Chesapeake College, Salisbury University, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). The affiliate partners include: University Maryland University College (UMUC), Stevenson University, and Gratz College. The ESHEC Executive Director partners with Chesapeake College when working with its university partners, in order to develop 2+2 articulation agreements between the two institutions. The goal is to provide a seamless transition for students with Associate Degrees to the four year institutions. The following degrees or programs are currently in place at the Center:
Stevenson University is currently working on a proposal to MHEC to offer their RN to Bachelor's of Science in Nursing at the Center, beginning Fall 2012.
Other bachelor's degrees that are being considered include: Environmental Management, Early Child Development / Child Care, Informational Technology, Math, Humanities, English, and Communications. At the Master's level degrees being considered include: GIS Management, Math Education, Nursing, Engineering, and IT Networking. The Center also needs to develop a partnership to provide a Doctoral Program on site in Organizational Leadership that will meet the needs of the Upper Shore Community. Although discussions have occurred with UMES, Morgan University, and Wilmington University, none are able to bring a program that is suitable at this time.
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will reach its full potential by working towards the following performance outcomes: Access, Economic Development, Quality, Affordability, and Diversity. The ESHEC currently works collaboratively with all five local school systems in providing two Master's degrees in Education on site and by also offering courses that meet K- 12 certification requirements for area residents with a bachelor's or master's degree who wish to enter the teaching field. The ESHEC also collaborates with all of the county Economic Development offices, local Chambers of Commerce, the Upper Shore Work Force Investment Board and the Upper Shore Manufacturing and Business Council. In addition, the ESHEC has representation on the Chesapeake College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Economic Development staff, the Chesapeake College Safety Committee, and other committees as requested.
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will be accessible to people who live and work on the Upper Eastern Shore by:
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will support the economic development initiatives on the Upper Eastern Shore by:
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will ensure quality degree programs by:
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will be accountable by:
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will promote diversity by:
Goals and Objectives:
The Eastern Shore Higher Education Center will:
Priorities for Funding