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A trial to determine the best way to cure inequality among Maryland's colleges and universities is slated to begin Monday in federal court in Baltimore.The decade-old case involves a coalition representing the state's four historically black colleges.
The judge in 2013 recommended mediation after finding the state had maintained "a dual and segregated education system," and that its practices were in violation of the constitution.
The decade-old case being heard Monday involves a coalition representing the state's four historically black colleges that says the state has underfunded the institutions while developing programs at traditionally white schools that directly compete with and drain prospective students away from the African-American schools.
The Coalition for Equity and Excellence in Maryland Higher Education has sought remedies from the state that include creating programmatic niches at each of the four historically black colleges to attract students.The group proposed either the creation or transfer of roughly 100 programs. For example, the coalition wants to move a computer engineering program from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, to Morgan State University in Baltimore, and to transfer a homeland security program from Towson University to Coppin State University in Baltimore.