ADELPHI, Md. (AP) — A merger of the University of Maryland’s flagship campus in College Park with its campus in Baltimore has been unanimously voted down by the governing body of the state university system.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the university system’s Board of Regents voted against the merger Friday, but said the schools should take steps to increase collaboration.

The College Park campus has more than 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The Baltimore campus has more than 6,000 students and is home to seven professional and graduate schools.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller asked the university system to study the proposed merger earlier this year.

Miller said a merger would bring in more research dollars.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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