Understanding Performance Management: A Guide for Non-supervisory Staff (10/29)

In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) with Labor Relations Specialist Shobhna Arora, you will have an opportunity to learn about performance management and its components, the importance of setting goals and on-going communication, how to solicit and receive feedback, the benefits of completing a self-assessment, and strategies for enhancing professional development.  This session also covers tips and assistance in preparing for performance review meetings.

The workshop will be Thursday,  October 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at The Commons Room 331.

Register by October 23, 2015  on myUMBC.

Planning for Performance Management Success: A Guide for Supervisors (10/1)

This workshop is required training for all supervisors of Regular and Contingent II Staff.   In this overview of the Performance Management Process (PMP) you will learn about the benefits of performance management, the importance of ongoing communication, the PMP cycle, how to use the PMP form and strategies for professional development. Elmer Falconer, Director of Employment/Labor Relations, is the instructor for this workshop.

The workshop will be Thursday, October 1,  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in The Commons, Room 331.

Register by September 25, 2015 on myUMBC.

UMBC Among World’s Top 500 Universities

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) released their 2015 global rankings this week- placing UMBC among the top 500 universities worldwide.

UMBCCWUR takes eight indicators into account when compiling their rankings, including quality of education (alumni who have won major international awards); alumni employment (as CEOs in companies worldwide); quality of faculty (faculty who have won major international awards); research publications, influence and citations; broad impact; and international patent filings.

UMBC is one of only three University System of Maryland institutions featured in the rankings, along with the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. American universities with CWUR rankings similar to UMBC include Clemson University and Syracuse University.

Explore the full CWUR rankings here.

Hilltop Publishes New Issue Brief on Hospital Community Benefit Policy

The Hilltop Institute’s Hospital Community Benefit Program has just released the eleventh issue brief in its series, Hospital Community Benefits after the ACA. The brief discusses the fact that payment reform focusing on value and quality is driving change that is redefining the hospital’s role in the continuum of care and the health of the broader population.

This brief also identifies opportunities for state policymakers to encourage the evolution of hospital community benefit policy in ways that complement and support the realignment of the hospital business model, proactively address the social determinants of health, and ultimately improve the health of the entire community.

For more information, contact Gayle Nelson, hospital community benefit program director, at gnelson@hilltop.umbc.edu.

Join the Retriever Exchange

Join the Retriever Exchange myUMBC group. This group will be similar to “Freecycle” in that a UMBC department can advertise office supplies or items that are no longer of use to them. The items will only be offered to another department and will be available free of charge.

The idea is to use UMBC’s supplies and resources to the maximum extent possible. This is an easy way for departments to keep their costs down and promotes a “green” environment for our campus.

Women’s Team, 11 Tennis Student-Athletes Earn ITA Academic Honors

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) has announced the 2015 ITA All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athlete award winners and both of UMBC’s teams are well represented.

Head Coach Rob Hubbard’s women’s team earned ITA All-Academic Team status and seven student-athletes achieved the distinction of ITA Scholar-Athlete. In addition, four men’s players earned ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.

UMBC Basketball Teams Make Trip to Higher Achievement Center at Lakeland Elementary-Middle School

The UMBC men’s and women’s basketball teams joined forces to put their knowledge and skills to great use on Friday, July 10, by visiting the Higher Achievement Center at Lakeland Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore to participate in the Friday Center Fun Day.

Higher Achievement implements a rigorous year-round learning environment through afterschool and summer academic programming to close the opportunity gap for middle school youth in at-risk communities.