Lynne Schaefer and Jack Suess share UMBC’s “collaborative style” as national higher ed leaders

Lynne Schaefer and Jack Suess are known across UMBC for their essential roles in shaping and sustaining the university’s strong and steady growth over the years. They’ve also had a major impact beyond the university through leading boards of directors of national higher education organizations, bringing “UMBC’s collaborative style” along with them. Continue reading Lynne Schaefer and Jack Suess share UMBC’s “collaborative style” as national higher ed leaders

Pres. Hrabowski focuses on building supportive learning communities at NYT Higher Ed Leaders Forum

“What we’ve worked to do at UMBC…is to look in the mirror,” Dr. Hrabowski explained. “We have a theory of change that we’ve been working on now for almost 20 years that focuses on how you create communities of empowerment for students…but also how we rethink the teaching and learning process.” Continue reading Pres. Hrabowski focuses on building supportive learning communities at NYT Higher Ed Leaders Forum

UMBC featured in Princeton Review’s 2016 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

UMBC is among the the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an exceptional education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to Princeton Review. The publication highlights engaging teaching across disciplines and notes, “Thanks to UMBC’s amazing Career Center, undergrads here are able to enter the job market with confidence. Starting from freshman year, the office works to empower students and help them plot their career goals.” Continue reading UMBC featured in Princeton Review’s 2016 “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Kiplinger again names UMBC a “Best Value College” for strong academics and affordability

UMBC has again been named a Best Value College for 2016 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, appearing on both the Best Value Public University list and “top 300” national Best Value University list. Kiplinger has recognized UMBC as a Best Value … Continue reading Kiplinger again names UMBC a “Best Value College” for strong academics and affordability

Data from learning management systems help improve teaching, say UMBC experts

Systems that store and analyze data about how students are progressing through their coursework can be a powerful source of better decision-making in higher education. That’s the theme of a CampusTechnology.com article featuring a lengthy section on UMBC’s use of … Continue reading Data from learning management systems help improve teaching, say UMBC experts

UMBC hosts White House College Opportunity Initiative workshop to improve STEM education nationwide

“What is UMBC’’s special sauce?” ”That’s what Susan Singer, director of the National Science Foundation’’s Division of Undergraduate Education, pondered aloud when she took the stage on September 16, 2014, at an education workshop co-hosted by the White House and … Continue reading UMBC hosts White House College Opportunity Initiative workshop to improve STEM education nationwide

Renetta Tull: Equity in STEM

Renetta Tull, Associate Vice Provost of Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, is seeking equity in STEM for all. Tull was recently the lead author on an article for peerReview titled, “The Jessica Effect: Valuing Cultural and Familial Connections to Broaden Success in Academe.” The article begins: Jessica Soto-Pérez, daughter of Antonio Israel Soto and Luz N. Pérez, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. She was a promising chemical engineering graduate student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and peer mentor for its National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Alliance for Graduate Education and the … Continue reading Renetta Tull: Equity in STEM

Diane Lee, Dean of Undergraduate Education, Discusses How UMBC Supports Transfer Students in The Baltimore Sun

A recent article in The Baltimore Sun examines the increased number of students transferring into Maryland colleges and universities. Diane Lee, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, spoke to the Sun about how UMBC supports transfer students, including new efforts enabled by a major grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eliminate some of the major challenges these students face, such as with transferring credits necessary to fulfill degree requirements. Lee explained how UMBC’s close partnership with community colleges plays a major role in this work. For example, UMBC officials have interviewed local community college faculty to … Continue reading Diane Lee, Dean of Undergraduate Education, Discusses How UMBC Supports Transfer Students in The Baltimore Sun

Lynne Schaefer, VP for Finance and Administration, in College Planning and Management

Lynne Schaefer, vice president for finance and administration, spoke to College Planning and Management about best practices for contracting housekeeping, dining, grounds maintenance and other services in higher education. College Planning and Management is a monthly journal focusing on campus safety, facilities, technology and more. Schaefer discussed the lessons she has learned from her time at UMBC working with campus vendors and ensuring student satisfaction. She recommended establishing contracts that are descriptive and performance-based rather than prescriptive, saying, “If you are going to use outside experts then rely on their expertise.” Click here to read the article titled “Let It … Continue reading Lynne Schaefer, VP for Finance and Administration, in College Planning and Management

President Hrabowski speaks about education and U.S. workforce on Education Nation panel

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former governor of Michigan John Engler and U.S. Manufacturing Council’s Mary Isbister to discuss the role of higher education in preparing the U.S. workforce for global competitiveness in a panel discussion at NBC News’ fourth annual Education Nation Summit. The segment, What It Takes: Keeping Up with the Competition, Part II – Our Workforce, moderated by NBC News “TODAY” co-anchor Matt Lauer, revolves around the recently released Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) report, which compares the skills and competencies of the adult workforce in 23 countries. According … Continue reading President Hrabowski speaks about education and U.S. workforce on Education Nation panel

Men’s soccer ranked no. 7 in nation by NSCAA

The defending America East champion UMBC men’s soccer team opens its conference season this weekend ranked no. 7, nationally, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Over the past two weeks, UMBC has climbed nearly 20 spots. The latest rankings mark the first time in the team’s history to crack the top ten. On Saturday, the team will travel to Hartford to open defense of their 2012 America East crown. The team’s next home game will be against Albany at UMBC’s annual Homecoming celebration, Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at Retriever Soccer Park. The team’s non-conference … Continue reading Men’s soccer ranked no. 7 in nation by NSCAA

Pete Caringi UMBC Soccer Show to Air Thursday Evenings on Q1370 throughout October

The Pete Caringi UMBC Soccer Show returns for another season on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. The show will run for five consecutive Thursdays in the month of October as the Retrievers work their way through the treacherous America East Conference and attempt reach the NCAA Championships for the third time in the past four years. Each Thursday, show host Paul Mittermeier will discuss the week’s action with Coach Caringi and player guests. The program airs on the home of the Retrievers, Q1370 AM, the station’s new frequency at 99.9 FM and streams live from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on www.q1370.com. Fans are … Continue reading Pete Caringi UMBC Soccer Show to Air Thursday Evenings on Q1370 throughout October

Caringi Earns More Conference, National Honors; Retrievers Rise in National Polls

For the second consecutive week, UMBC senior forward Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) has earned the America East Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week award. In addition, the Retriever striker was named College Soccer News’ National Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 8, 2013. Caringi and his teammates are off to a 4-0-0 start and have risen to Top 25 status in both the College Soccer News (No. 24) and Top Drawer Soccer (No. 25) men’s collegiate soccer polls. Caringi has scored two goals apiece in each of UMBC’s four games to date. He is … Continue reading Caringi Earns More Conference, National Honors; Retrievers Rise in National Polls

Join the Celebration of the University System of Maryland

The University System of Maryland (USM) is 25 years old. And you are invited to participate in the celebration. Throughout the 2013-14 academic year, the USM is observing this milestone with a look at the positive impact that USM has had—and continues to have—on the quality of life in Maryland and beyond. We’ve created a micro site that includes a timeline, a link to the story of how the system came to be, and some interesting facts about the system’s impact. We’ve also transformed the USM Facebook page into the official 25th-anniversary party site. Be sure to LIKE the University … Continue reading Join the Celebration of the University System of Maryland

Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, to sit on panel at Tufts University National Dialogue on Race Day event (9/12)

Kimberly Moffitt, writer and professor of American Studies, will join other prominent leaders in higher education in a two-hour panel discussion on race equality, civil rights and policy change at Tufts University’s National Dialogue on Race Day. Inspired by recent events such as the supreme court ruling on voting rights and the civil rights demonstrations following the verdict of the George Zimmerman case, the all-day conference, held in Boston, Mass. on Sept. 12, will focus on three broad themes and questions: 50 Years after the March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom: How Far Have we Progressed as a Nation … Continue reading Kimberly Moffitt, American Studies, to sit on panel at Tufts University National Dialogue on Race Day event (9/12)

Once again, UMBC has been named one of the top national universities “where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching”

UMBC was ranked #6 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges Guide’s list of schools with the “Best Undergraduate Teaching,” along with such universities as William and Mary, Berkeley, Princeton, and Brown. UMBC has also again been named the top national university for “promising and innovative changes.” This is the 5th consecutive year that UMBC has topped this “Up-and-Coming” list. “I’m encouraged that our colleagues around the country continue to recognize the quality of our academic program. Our faculty and staff are consistently looking for creative ways to strengthen teaching and learning on our campus, and we are proud … Continue reading Once again, UMBC has been named one of the top national universities “where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching”

Freeman Hrabowski shares UMBC culture, values and history with incoming students at 2013 Convocation

At the 2013 UMBC Convocation, held on Tuesday, August 27, President Freeman Hrabowski welcomed incoming students and shared UMBC’s continued national recognition, the importance of the civil rights movement in opening the doors for diversity in education, and what it takes to succeed at UMBC – and in life. Dr. Hrabowski spoke to a crowd of more than 1,500, sharing his experience growing up during the civil rights movement and how those tumultuous times ultimately led to social and political change that made it possible for many more Americans – of all backgrounds – to attend college and earn degrees. … Continue reading Freeman Hrabowski shares UMBC culture, values and history with incoming students at 2013 Convocation

Eric Zeemering named Fulbright Canada Scholar

Dr. Eric Zeemering, an assistant professor of public policy, has been named a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar by Fulbright Canada. He will spend five months at the University of Ottawa investigating how urban sustainability is defined in Canadian cities, with special attention on how social policy and programs are integrated with economic and environmental initiatives. Dr. Zeemering’s research and teaching interests focus on public management, intergovernmental relations and urban policy (see video below). To learn more about Dr. Zeemering’s work, read his upcoming profile in UMBC Magazine, online and in print later this month. Fulbright Canada is a binational, treaty-based organization … Continue reading Eric Zeemering named Fulbright Canada Scholar

UMBC ranked as a top college where students get ‘best bang for their buck’

According to a recent PolicyMic ranking, UMBC is listed as a top ten school where students get the ‘best bang for their buck’ in terms of cost, graduation rates and starting salary, and debt at time of graduation. Using recent data for average student debt upon graduation, starting salaries, tuition and room and board for four-year universities, six-year graduation rates, and percentage of students who qualify for Pell grants as rough indicators, the rankings identified the top dozen schools that are performing above average. Continue reading UMBC ranked as a top college where students get ‘best bang for their buck’

Freeman Hrabowski, Mike Summers Offer Ideas for Improving Science Education

“If you could make one change to improve science education in the United States, what would it be?” asked the New York Times in a special feature published Monday, September 2. Nineteen people answered the question, and among them were President Freeman Hrabowski and Mike Summers, HHMI Investigator and professor of chemistry and biochemistry. “We need to create opportunities to excite students about how math and science connect to real life,” said Hrabowski, adding that he would like to see more programs offering teachers the chance to apply their skills outside of the classroom. “A teacher who has worked summers … Continue reading Freeman Hrabowski, Mike Summers Offer Ideas for Improving Science Education

Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, named Senior Fellow at AAC&U

Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, has been named Senior Fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where she will partner with the STEM project, Project Kaleidoscope, on research initiatives designed to increase the number of women and women of color in academic STEM disciplines. Continue reading Dr. Patrice McDermott, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, named Senior Fellow at AAC&U

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 42nd Book

Robert Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, has published a new book of poetry, “Saluting from the Shore.” In his review, Ronald Pies writes, “Once again, Robert Deluty presents us with a splendid collection of short poems, inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s observation that we will never know the lives we have not chosen – the ‘ghost ship that didn’t carry us…’ We wonder, for example, what other ship might have carried the dean who confides that ‘…feigning interest all day/ is wearing him out.’ We wonder how the life not chosen might have spared ‘the dying soldier/ recalling his grandfather/ … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Publishes His 42nd Book

Christine Routzahn, Shriver Center, on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks

Christine Routzahn, director of professional practice, shares UMBC’s internship process and how it positively impacts the undergraduate experience on WYPR’s “Midday with Dan Rodricks,” which aired last week. An increasing number of college students are trading traditional summer jobs for internships – and many of them are working for free. It is estimated that half of the more than a million undergraduate internships a year are unpaid. While internships have always been seen as effective stepping stones toward career development and job opportunities, recent lawsuits over unfair labor practices have raised concerns about companies using internships to replace employees with … Continue reading Christine Routzahn, Shriver Center, on WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks

Lisa Akchin, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, in the Baltimore Sun

“In a time when social bridge building is greatly needed, we have lost much of our capacity for public friendliness,” writes Lisa Akchin, associate vice president for marketing and public relations, in a recent Baltimore Sun op-ed.  Akchin was responding to President Obama’s recollection of being greeted by the click of car door locks while crossing the street as a young black man. “I know my own hand made that reflexive move for the door lock too many times before my mind considered the impact of my actions as a white woman on the feelings of a young black man,” she says. … Continue reading Lisa Akchin, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, in the Baltimore Sun

Bill LaCourse, Dean of CNMS, in The Baltimore Sun

In a recent Baltimore Sun article on engaging underprivileged and minority students in science, Bill LaCourse, dean of the college of natural and mathematical sciences, voiced the importance of creating a strong community to support student learning and success. Students who come to college unprepared often need remediation, said LaCourse. UMBC has decided to change the approach of throwing 800 students into an introductory science class to let everyone sink or swim, because too many were sinking. Today, the school works to ensure that students feel more supported and have a small community of fellow students to turn to for … Continue reading Bill LaCourse, Dean of CNMS, in The Baltimore Sun

UMBC makes The Princeton Review’s 2013 list of green colleges

From innovative student ideas to campus programs and campaigns, UMBC is going green—and getting noticed. The Princeton Review has recognized UMBC as a college raising the bar on sustainability in its 2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The annual guide profiles higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. To determine which schools qualify, colleges and universities are rated based on institutional data such as the school’s energy consumption, green transportation programs, and the level of dedication for sustainability in and out of … Continue reading UMBC makes The Princeton Review’s 2013 list of green colleges

Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Interviewed for Boloji.com

In an interview with Boloji.com, one of India’s most popular e-magazines, UMBC’s Robert Deluty revealed the origins of his transformation into a poet and shared a few select pieces spanning more than 20 years. According to Dr. Deluty, associate dean of the graduate school, he did not discover his talent for writing poetry until he was in his late 30’s when he adapted a “long-winded, self-righteous, and boring” essay into his first published poem expressing his views on entitlement. It was published in The Baltimore Evening Sun newspaper. Surprisingly, however, it was his 30-plus years as a psychology professor and practicing … Continue reading Robert Deluty, Graduate School, Interviewed for Boloji.com

UMBC’s Kevin Maxwell chosen to lead Prince George’s schools

Kevin Maxwell ’02, has been appointed chief executive officer of Prince George’s public schools. As CEO, Maxwell will be tasked with turning around the struggling school system and closing the achievement gap so it is more aligned with surrounding county systems. Maxwell has a long history in public education, having spent more than 20 years as a teacher, principal and chief educational administrator of Prince George’s County. Most recently, he was superintendent of Anne Arundel County. Maxwell received his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). You can read more on Kevin Maxwell’s appointment … Continue reading UMBC’s Kevin Maxwell chosen to lead Prince George’s schools

New campus smoking policy covered by Fox News

On Monday, July 8, Fox News visited the UMBC campus as part of a story on the new USM requirements that all state institutions become smoke free by July 1. Students interviewed for the story shared their thoughts on past rules for smoking and how the new policy will impact life on campus. “On one side you kind of want to have personal freedoms, but at the same time we’re at a public university that’s getting public money,” said a UMBC student. Read the full article » Continue reading New campus smoking policy covered by Fox News

UMBC Alumni named to Daily Record’s ‘VIP’ and ’20 in Their Twenties’ lists

Erin O’Keefe ’08, MPP, has been named to the Daily Record’s VIP list, which honors leaders under 40 for their professional accomplishments and commitment to inspiring change in their communities. Erin is the director of the York Road Initiative at Loyola University. Greg Sileo ’11, MPP, was named to the Daily Record’s 20 Under Twenty list, which honors Maryland up-and-comers who are in their 20s. Greg is the Director of the Office of Home Energy Programs at the Maryland Department of Human Resources, and was formerly the Director of Community Outreach for the Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services. Chosen by … Continue reading UMBC Alumni named to Daily Record’s ‘VIP’ and ’20 in Their Twenties’ lists

New Athletic Director, Tim Hall, in The Baltimore Sun

When UMBC’s search committee met Tim Hall it was clear he embodied all the characteristics and values ingrained in the campus culture, Dr. Nancy Young, Vice President of Student Affairs, told the crowd at a June news conference. The Baltimore Sun article also highlighted the enthusiasm of the new AD joining a university with strong academics, as well as Division I sports programs. “I really look at UMBC as an institution athletically that is under the radar and I don’t see any reason why we can’t be one of the best comprehensive Division I programs that doesn’t sponsor football in … Continue reading New Athletic Director, Tim Hall, in The Baltimore Sun

Smoke-Free Campus Policy

The USM Board of Regents has required all USM institutions, including UMBC, to provide a healthy, smoke-free environment for all faculty, staff, students, contractors, and visitors by July 1, 2013. In response, a Smoke-Free Campus Task Force was appointed – with representatives from UMBC’s shared governance organizations, including students, faculty, and staff members – to make recommendations about how best to implement this policy on our campus. After working throughout the spring semester, the task force has recommended that smoking be allowed in two designated areas removed from major pedestrian traffic, in order to provide a safe space for any students, faculty, or staff who may … Continue reading Smoke-Free Campus Policy

Announcing the Appointment of Tim Hall as Athletic Director

TO: The UMBC Community FROM: Dr. Nancy Young, Vice President for Student Affairs RE: Announcing the Appointment of Tim Hall as Athletic Director We are delighted to announce the appointment of Tim Hall as Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, effective July 8, 2013. Hall joins the UMBC community from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where for the past six years he has served as Director of Athletics. Prior to leading UMKC athletics, he served as Associate Athletics Director for Development at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Hall’s appointment builds on substantial UMBC momentum, including championships in … Continue reading Announcing the Appointment of Tim Hall as Athletic Director