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UMBC is consistently cited as one of the country’s most innovative colleges and universities. We are committed to producing cutting-edge research, while providing a distinctive undergraduate experience. Our approach has been recognized by higher education experts and national media.  The following articles highlight our work:

“Best Undergraduate Teaching” National Universities U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges September 2012

UMBC is again recognized as a top university for undergraduate teaching in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide, ranking 8th nationally, tied with Duke University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame. For the fourth year in a row, UMBC tops the list of the most innovative national universities.

Rethinking Higher Education with Freeman Hrabowski “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” June 20, 2012

Over the past two decades, UMBC has transformed from a quiet commuter school to a top research university. That transformation was the topic for a discussion on “The Kojo Nnamdi Show,” where UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski discussed the future of the university, including the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

100 Most Influential People in the World TIME Magazine April 18, 2012

Perhaps the most envied science program in the country is at UMBC, says TIME Magazine, which named UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski to it’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. Hrabowski has helped UMBC to become one of the nation’s leading sources of African Americans who get Ph.D.s in science and engineering.

U-Md. Baltimore County Serves Its Students Well The Washington Post April 9, 2012

As the nation debates how to get its money’s worth amid rising higher education costs, UMBC is one good place to look, says the Washington Post editorial board. With impressive programs ranging from math to theater and a focus on undergraduates, UMBC is setting an example that other universities should follow.

Five Universities that Really Are Up-and-Comers The Washington Post March 22, 2012

Among the various ways that universities are ranked, the annual “Up and Coming” list stands out because it provides a look at young, fast-growing schools that are swiftly ascending into the top rank. Year after year, UMBC tops the list.

Best Values in Public Colleges Kiplinger’s Personal Finance February 2012

UMBC is committed to providing students with the best education possible while still remaining affordable. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine took note, naming UMBC one of its best values in public colleges on their annual list.

One of The Most Innovative Schools in the Country 60 Minutes November 13, 2011

60 Minutes told the story of UMBC and Freeman Hrabowski in November 2011. They were drawn to campus by UMBC’s reputation as one of the most innovative schools in the country, especially when it comes to getting students into math and science and keeping them there.

Higher Education? How Colleges Are Wasting Our Money and Failing Our Kids— and What We Can Do About It

In Higher Education? authors Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus place UMBC on a list schools where students can receive a first-class undergraduate education at a reasonable price. They praise UMBC for emphasizing quality teaching at the undergraduate level.

Good Chemistry: Creating More Scientists in Maryland “Need to Know,” PBS February 11, 2011

Two-thirds of all college students who begin as STEM majors don’t complete that degree. How can universities improve completion rates? At UMBC, course redesign and group learning are improving student pass rates and generating more majors in STEM fields.

Meet Societal Changes By Changing the Culture on Campus The Chronicle of Higher Education January 16, 2011

The demand for higher education to help solve some of the nation’s biggest challenges is greater than ever. In this editorial, President Freeman Hrabowski and Provost Elliot Hirshman focus on institutional culture and discuss how changes at UMBC over the past two decades have contributed to inclusive excellence that is building future leaders and innovators.

Boosting Minorities in Science SCIENCE January 14, 2011

President Hrabowski , who recently chaired a National Academies committee on expanding minority participation in science and engineering, describes ways to address the national shortage of minority students majoring in STEM, including improving introductory STEM courses and providing social support and mentoring.

What Can I Do with My Major In…? Wall Street Journal “Hire Education” blog January 13, 2011

At UMBC, career counseling is moving into the classroom to help students prepare for a challenging job market. Career Services Center Director Anne Scholl-Fielder explains how storytelling can help job seekers create their own brand and stand out from the pack when meeting with prospective employers.

The Country Can Learn a Lesson from These Students The New York Times December 6, 2010

The National Academies set the goal of tripling the percentage of science and engineering degrees granted to underrepresented minority groups, who will represent nearly half the national population by the year 2050. UMBC, the Times writes, leads by example — producing more minority scientists than any predominantly white institution in the country.

48th is Not a Good Place The New York Times October 26, 2010

The World Economic Forum recently ranked the U.S. 48th out of 133 developed and developing nations, in terms of K-12 instruction quality. “Too often, science curriculums are grinding and unimaginative,” the Times wrote. “The science establishment has long viewed a high abandonment rate as part of a natural winnowing. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County rejects that view.”

Without Assessment, Great Teaching Stays Secret The Chronicle of Higher Education October 10, 2010

A campus visit by Kevin Carey, policy director for Education Sector, a Washington-based think-tank, leads to praise for UMBC programs that promote innovative teaching and a focus on learning. Carey notes, “… perhaps the most radical thing about UMBC is that it appears to have substantially organized itself around the task of helping students learn….bright students in Maryland are flocking to UMBC, and people in the know cite it as a university to watch.”

Are Colleges Worth the Price of Admission? The Chronicle of Higher Education July 11, 2010

A new book recognizes UMBC’s leadership in the field of higher education by including it on a list of the top ten schools where students can receive a first-class undergraduate education at a reasonable price. In “Higher Education?” authors Claudia Dreifus and Andrew Hacker state, “Of all the research universities we’ve visited, it is the place that has most capably connected research with undergraduate education.”

A Time of Urgency Inside Higher Education November 8, 2010

What steps should be taken to increase the number of underrepresented minorities studying, graduating and succeeding in STEM? President Hrabowski’s essay highlights key recommendations from the National Academies committee he chaired and its report on Underrepresented Groups and the Expansion of the Science and Engineering Workforce Pipeline.

Reclaiming the Lead: Higher Education’s Future and Implications for Technology EDUCAUSE Review November/December 2011

Technology  can play a vital role in supporting student success by helping administrators and faculty learn more about students, identify academic problems they may be having, and develop strategies to address those issues. President  Hrabowski and Jack Suess, vice president for information technology, share how technology is helping UMBC improve teaching and learning, as well as retention and graduation rates.

Better Intro Courses Seen as Key to Reducing Attrition of STEM Majors SCIENCE October 15, 2010

Writer Jeffrey Mervis describes a report by the National Academies committee, chaired by President Hrabowski, recommending changes to introductory STEM courses to strengthen the performance of underrepresented minorities—and all students. The article also highlights innovative changes made by UMBC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry leading to student success in introductory classes and an increased number of majors.