CICC Member Spotlight


 Maryland by the Numbers

  • Maryland is home to 19 independent colleges and universities enrolling more than 67,700 students.
  • Maryland ranks twenty-fourth nationally in the number of students receiving Pell Grants, with 94,486 students receiving more than $358.5 million annually.
  • Maryland ranks twenty-second in the number of students receiving Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants, with 24,689 students receiving more than $12.4 million annually.
  • Maryland ranks twenty-first in the number of students receiving Federal Work-Study awards, with 6,487 students receiving more than $17.2 million annually.
  • Four independent colleges and universities are located in Rep. Raskin’s district:
  • McDaniel College
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Washington Adventist University
  • Yeshiva College of the Nation’s Capital

Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

  Rep. Jamie Raskin D-MD  

Three term Rep. Jamie Raskin proudly represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District which includes parts of Montgomery, Carroll, and Frederick Counties. He is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and the Committee on House Administration. He is a new member of the House Committee on Rules. Raskin also serves as vice chair of the House Administration Committee, chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and vice chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.
Prior to his election to in Congress, Rep. Raskin was a three-term state senator in Maryland, where he also served as the Senate Majority Whip. Previously he was a professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law for more than 25 years. He has authored several books, including The Washington Post best-seller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court Versus the American People and the highly-acclaimed We the Students: Supreme Court Cases For and About America’s Students
Rep. Raskin is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus.



Q: Why did you decide to join the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus?
A: I joined the Congressional Independent Colleges Caucus so I can keep track of the myriad ways we can use federal policy to support independent colleges and universities throughout my District and across the nation. Our independent colleges and universities help us meet significant educational needs in our community and contribute on a daily basis to the economic, cultural and intellectual vitality of our region.



"Rep. Glenn 

 William Cario, Ph.D. 

Q: What contributions are independent colleges making in your district? 
A: Independent colleges across Ohio’s 14th District are positively impacting the lives of those who call Northeast Ohio home. Institutions like Hiram College and Lake Erie College are educating the next generation of America’s leaders, ensuring young people have the skills they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century head on. One of the other independent colleges operating within the 14th District, the Central School of Practical Nursing, plays a critical role in training highly skilled nurses, ensuring that Ohio will be prepared to meet the challenges posed by the nation-wide healthcare professional shortage. It’s a true honor to be able to advocate for these schools in Congress.


“We are thankful 

Elizabeth Borgen, D.B.A  



Q: How do you see these schools innovating?
A: They partner with local hospitals, NIH, NASA, NOAA, and every manner of local business from hotels and restaurants to law firms and architects. They reach out to underserved communities. I know that every institution of higher education had to innovate and adapt just to get their students safely through the last several years of the COVID-19 pandemic. One example is found at McDaniel College of Westminster, Maryland, in the heart of Carroll County. I recently recognized McDaniel’s Shelley Ensor as a “Local Hero,” for her inclusive and dynamic leadership of the McDaniel College Gospel Choir. Not only did Shelley adapt her instruction to rehearse remotely under COVID-19, but under her leadership, the choir opened its doors to the greater Carroll County community beyond the student body. It was an important and soulful contribution to the community.




Q: As a Member of Congress, how do you support the opportunity for education?
A: I was proud to vote for the American Rescue Plan Act in 2021, which invested across sectors of our public life to turn the corner in our nation’s COVID-19 recovery, including in higher education. The American Rescue Plan sustains educational institutions through multiple challenges, and especially helped keep students from low-income backgrounds in school. My own state of Maryland received over $650 million for 68 colleges and universities from the legislation. I am a strong supporter of the Pell Grant program, which extends the promise of higher education to students who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend college. When Congress appropriates funding to federal programs, I continually advocate to strengthen and expand this key program. I am also an original cosponsor of the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act of 2021 (H.R. 3946) which would, among other provisions, double the maximum Pell Grant and shift the Pell Grant program to fully mandatory funding.


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