After months of debate, the University of Maryland's governing board recommended Friday that the system's two largest research campuses, in Baltimore and College Park, remain separate institutions.
The Board of Regents voted unanimously against a full merger of the institutions, calling instead for a "strategic alliance."
"The board's recommendation of an alliance should not be seen as a step toward a merger," the regents said in their report, released at an afternoon meeting in College Park. "The board is convinced that maintaining these two exceptional institutions as separate entities is in the best interest of the state."
The move drew quick praise from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other city leaders.