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The Montgomery College Board of Trustees held its seventh meeting of the academic year Monday, March 21, 2016.

The trustees approved an online associate of applied science degree in criminal justice. The online expansion comes as the criminal justice program is growing, with a steady increase in enrollment over the last five years. The College also offers online degrees in business; computer science and technologies; and general studies.

In other business, the Board of Trustees recognized the men’s and women’s basketball teams for their outstanding seasons. The women’s team finished 16-12 under the leader of Coach Tarlouh Gasque. The men’s team, under the guidance of Montgomery College alum, Coach Keith Byrd, finished the season 23-8 and won the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference for the first time since 1992.

Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, congratulated the teams on their success. “I am so proud of our student-athletes,” she said. “Both of our basketball teams had exceptional seasons this year and I am so pleased to honor them.”

In her report to the trustees, Dr. Pollard, continued her discussion of the importance of guided pathways, a concept being discussed nationally among community colleges. Guided pathways give students a clearer view of the requirements for completion with advising and appropriate student support services. She highlighted the success of a newly designed developmental math program in which passing rates increased from 47 to 59 percent over four years. To learn more about the program, click here.

The board of trustees is the 10-member governing body of Montgomery College. Members are appointed by the governor for a six-year term and include a student member who serves a one-year term. The board meets once a month from September through June.


Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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