Pres. Hrabowski Speaks at Campus Technology Conference

President Hrabowski gave the keynote address at the Campus Technology 2014 annual conference in Boston this week. The conference focuses on the use of innovative technology in higher education.

Dr. Hrabowski addressed the large volume of data available in higher education today and how institutions must work to develop stories with meaningful context around the numbers, to more effectively interpret them. He also mentioned areas on UMBC’s campus that allow technology to be integrated into the classroom, saying, “We need to be rethinking our spaces on campus to stimulate active learning through the technology students bring with them.”
Dr. Hrabowski is a frequent keynote speaker at meetings and conferences across the nation. This particular talk was covered by Ed Tech and Campus Technology.

Pres. Hrabowski on NPR and WYPR

President Hrabowski was a guest on both NPR’s Tell Me More and WYPR’s Midday With Dan Rodricks this Wednesday, discussing mentorship and the graduation gap in higher education.

A frequent guest of Tell Me More, Dr. Hrabowski joined host Michel Martin on the show’s final Wisdom Watch segment to discuss the role of mentorship in his personal life and at UMBC. Recalling the importance of mentorship during his childhood and early career, Dr. Hrabowski discussed why mentoring is part of the culture at UMBC and how it creates a supportive environment for students and faculty. “People don’t make it by themselves,” he said. “Somebody gives them support, and that’s the point. How do we make sure that every person has that team of people who can give support?”

Dr. Hrabowski also appeared on Midday With Dan Rodricks to speak about how universities can help first-generation and low-income students graduate. Citing both traditional and innovative student support mechanisms found at UMBC, Dr. Hrabowski said that the success of students who move past life’s obstacles to reach their goals continually inspires him.

Click here to listen to Dr. Hrabowski on Tell Me More and here to listen to Midday with Dan Rodricks.

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses ACE Fellows Program in “Diverse”

A recent article about the American Council on Higher Education (ACE) Fellows Program in the publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education quotes President Hrabowski. The ACE Fellows Program seeks to prepare college leaders for senior-level positions in higher education. The program has been successful in increasing the number of minority and women presidents in colleges and universities.

Dr. Hrabowski has participated in the program as a mentor, training administrators like Dr. Jack Thomas, who is now president of Western Illinois University. Dr. Hrabowski praised the mission of the program, calling it “one of those rare opportunities in American higher education that focuses on experiences that can broaden a future leader.”

Click here to read the article.

President Hrabowski Discusses College Access in Trusteeship Magazine

UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski recently wrote an essay on the importance of education to the promise of the American Dream in Trusteeship, a magazine published by the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities.

In his essay, Dr. Hrabowski recounts the history of access to higher education, from the G.I. bill that enabled veterans to attend college to present-day legislation further extending access. He encourages college and university leaders to continue making education accessible to under-served populations, saying, “We must invest in our children and young people, in education, and in research if we’re to continue to grow and thrive as a nation.”

Click to read Dr. Hrabowski’s essay, “Diversity, Access, and the American Dream.”

President Hrabowski on EvoLLLution

President Hrabowski participated in an interview about innovation and the changing culture of higher education on EvoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on continuing education.

Dr. Hrabowski emphasized the importance of innovation to the success of colleges and universities in meeting student needs, and discussed the need to welcome nontraditional students. He also encouraged optimism in higher education, saying, “My colleagues and I at UMBC are determined to remain young as an institution and as people” by always focusing on new opportunities to grow.

Click here to listen to the interview.

As USM Seeks New Chancellor, Pres. Hrabowski Affirms Commitment to UMBC

hrabowskiOn Tuesday, Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan announced his plans to retire as chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM). As the search begins for a new chancellor, the Baltimore Business Journal and Washington Business Journal have highlighted President Hrabowski as an exceptional Maryland leader, recognized nationally for his commitment to helping students from all backgrounds succeed.

WBJ Managing Editor Robert Terry says our president has “proven himself a visionary,” but Hrabowksi affirms he is staying put. “I’m seeing how we are building an institution that’s a national model,” Hrabowski says. “I really do believe in UMBC.”

President Hrabowski on Student Housing Podcast

President Hrabowski recently appeared in an interview on Join the Conversation, a podcast of the Student Housing Matters blog. In his interview, Dr. Hrabowski discussed his journey to become the president of UMBC, and the importance of passion and resilience in academic excellence. He also talked about how student housing impacts academic and personal growth, saying, “what student housing allows you to do is to give people a chance to know people from very different backgrounds… to become an independent learner and most important, to open their minds to differences of all types. “

Join the Conversation features interviews with higher education leaders and authors on topics related to on-campus housing. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Pres. Hrabowski to Receive Honorary Degree from Arizona State University

hrabowskiPresident Hrabowski will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Arizona State University during their May 14th undergraduate commencement ceremony.

This honor recognizes President Hrabowski’s work promoting educational achievement for all students, regardless of background. An ASU press release announcing the honor specifically highlights his work promoting the success of students from underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, and his role as chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

President Hrabowski Participates in Launch of White House Initiative

My Brother's Keeper White House Event

Pres. Obama speaks at the launch of My Brother’s Keeper. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On Thursday, February 27, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper, a White House initiative that empowers young men of color.

My Brother’s Keeper will partner with businesses, government officials, faith leaders, non-profit organizations and private groups. These groups have pledged to invest in programs aimed at helping men of color, and replicate successful efforts across the country.

Dr. Hrabowski, chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, attended the event along with national leaders including General Colin Powell, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Obama Hrabowski Commission Signing

Dr. Hrabowski and Pres. Obama at the signing of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Executive Order in 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

At the event, President Obama said, “Government cannot play the only – or even the primary—role… broadening the horizons for our young men and giving them the tools they need to succeed will require a sustained effort from all of us.”

Learn more about “My Brother’s Keeper” here and Dr. Hrabowski’s involvement with the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans here.

Pres. Hrabowski and Diane Bell-McKoy ’73 Named Influential Marylanders

The Daily Record recently named President Hrabowski and Alum Diane Bell-McKoy ’73, sociology, in their 2014 list of Influential Marylanders.

Influential Marylanders celebrates people who have made significant impacts in their fields and continue to be leaders in Maryland. Winners are chosen in the categories of civic leadership, communications, education, finance and more.

Bell-Mckoy, President and CEO of Associated Black Charities, was selected in the civic leadership category, while Dr. Hrabowski was chosen for his work as UMBC’s president in the education category. Dr. Hrabowski will also be inducted into the Circle of Excellence, as it is his third year as an Influential Marylander.

Congratulations, President Hrabowski and Diane Bell-Mckoy!