Based on this per student formula, MICUA institutions receive approximately 3 % of the state's investment in higher education and serve over 64,000 students while awarding 28 % of the state's college and university degrees.
A study of the economic contribution of the 16 MICUA institutions for fiscal year 2010 concluded that MICUA institutions contributed 63,780 jobs and contributed $6.4 billion to the Maryland economy (Appleseed 2011).
Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) (2009) Poll confirms strong support for Private Colleges and Universities.
(15) Maryland citizens' support for private, non-profit institutions remains, even under the recent recessionary economic conditions with 69 % of eligible voters favoring continuation of the program with comparable levels of support across Republicans, Democrats, and Independents across the state (MICUA 2009).
Micua said CCTV footage, obtained from the Oriental Mindoro capitol security unit, ran counter to earlier suspicion that short circuit from Christmas displays in the offices caused the fire.
"The CCTV (footage) eliminates the first finding of overloading of power," said Micua.
"We're looking into whether there was human intervention," said Micua, who corrected his earlier statement that a short circuit was the likely cause of the fire.