Pres. Hrabowski Highlights Effective Strategies to Support Students in The Chronicle

In this week’s Chronicle of Higher Education, a powerful column by President Hrabowski challenges colleges and universities to more effectively support student success by focusing on institutional culture change.

Dr. Hrabowski recalls the beginnings of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program and Choice Program, and the lessons UMBC has learned about helping students from all backgrounds succeed. The Meyerhoff program has served as a model for new programs across the nation, including the Hopps Scholars Program at Morehouse College and recent efforts at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“The central question for any university is how to be clear about the vision of what it is trying to achieve and what it wants for its students,” Dr. Hrabowski writes. “It is important to create a climate in which students, faculty, and staff can be honest about the problems they are facing, work together to develop strategies that can be effective, and share feedback about what is working.”

Click here to read “How to Get More Black Men Into Science.”

New York Times Suggests Silicon Valley Recruit Tech Talent From Universities Like UMBC

A recent editorial in The New York Times examined the lack of diversity at technology companies in Silicon Valley. Technology giants, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, have admitted to having low numbers of women and minority employees and are now working to improve diversity in the workplace.

The editorial suggests that one way to address the problem is to recruit employees from universities that focus on helping women and minorities graduate with degrees in technical fields. President Hrabowski discussed how UMBC helps underrepresented groups excel in science and engineering. “[UMBC] produces many women and minority graduates in science and engineering disciplines,” the editorial stated. “Many find jobs with federal government agencies and East Coast technology companies, because the university has strong relationships with those employers.”

Click here to read “Silicon Valley’s Diversity Problem” in The New York Times.

Pres. Hrabowski’s Encouraging Message for Maryland Parents in The Baltimore Sun

Last week, President Hrabowski spoke at a parent empowerment and engagement forum sponsored by the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) and the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County.

At the forum, as HCPSS discussed a program to help parents track student achievement, Dr. Hrabowski encouraged parents to take advantage of educational opportunities and resources and be increasingly involved in their children’s learning.

“I want parents to understand how very important it is for them to play a key role in helping their students achieve in school,” he said. “And I want parents to understand that they needed to support teachers in raising the bar for every child.”

Click here to read “UMBC’s Hrabowski challenges Howard parents to lay educational foundation at home” in The Baltimore Sun.

Pres. Hrabowski Discusses Degree to Career Pathways in The Washington Post

Many in the U.S. see focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education as a way to encourage innovation and improve American competitiveness. However, a recent study found that most STEM graduates work in other fields. This has fueled discussion around whether there is a shortage or surplus of STEM workers.

President Hrabowski commented on the debate, saying that the report ignores the realities of the job market. He emphasized the importance of looking at how STEM graduates use their degrees in various fields, stating that many UMBC students receive job offers before graduation because of shortages in fields like information technology, and that, ultimately, we must focus on teaching students across all majors how to find patterns, learn scientifically and collaborate with one another.

Click here to read “Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation” in The Washington Post.

Dr. Hrabowski was also mentioned an article about the value of  universities in America. Click here to read “On the Immense Good Fortune of Higher Education” in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Pres. Hrabowski Interview on EvoLLLution Focuses on Supporting First-Generation College Students

President Hrabowski examines college accessibility issues for first-generation students and how universities can help them succeed in a new interview on EvoLLLution, an online newspaper focusing on continuing education.

Many first-generation students struggle with the application process, Dr. Hrabowski notes, because they may not have someone in their household who can guide them through the system, knowing what it takes to be successfully admitted to and enrolled in a university. In the interview, Dr. Hrabowski emphasizes how universities must adapt to more effectively support these students, saying, “Part of innovation means looking in the mirror and understanding that the world of tomorrow does not have to be the same as the world of today.”

Click here to listen to the interview.

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.