The Hilltop Institute and its partners win grant to evaluate Delaware contraceptive access program

The Hilltop Institute has partnered with University of Maryland College Park and the University of Delaware to evaluate Delaware contraceptive access program.

Fifteen researchers from the three universities, as well as graduate research assistants and research associates, will be involved in a multi-year study, funded by a private foundation.

UMBC’s First-Year Seminars to be highlighted in new publication

Dr. Lisa Beall (2011, Applied Developmental Psychology), with the Office of Undergraduate Education, had a case study accepted by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. The case study, to be included in their new volume, Educationally Effective Practices Within the First-Year Seminar, examines some of the high-impact practices taking place in UMBC’s First-Year Seminars. High-impact practices were culled from the seminars being taught by Dr. Vickie Williams, Education; Catherine Kruchten, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology; Dr. Autumn Reed, Provost’s Office; and Dr. Beall. They included service learning, interdisciplinary instruction (mathematical narratives), research and writing, and strategic reading.

Part of the vision we have for our First-Year Seminar program is to build culminating projects into each course that give students structured opportunities to consider, reflect upon, and express their growth in the course outcomes. The high-impact practices described in the case study are just a few examples of how students are being given those opportunities in our many First-Year Seminar courses.

The anticipated publication date for this volume is February 2017.

Nazi Paikidze-Barnes Becomes U.S. Women’s Chess Champion

On Monday, April 25, former UMBC Chess Teammate, Nazi Paikidze-Barnes became the 2016 U.S. Women’s Chess Champion in spectacular fashion.

Going into the final round, Nazi had to not only win with the black pieces against the #2 seed, but the first place competitor also had to lose against the #12 seed. Despite these overwhelming odds, circumstances conspired in her favor and she finished as champion with a score of 8.5/11.0.

A detailed interview with Mrs. Paikidze-Barnes will appear on the UMBC Chess Program blog.

Tim Cox, Academic Advising and Student Success, Featured in National Journal

A feature article by Tim Cox, assistant director of academic advising and student success at Shady Grove, was recently published in Academic Advising Today, a quarterly electronic publication of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

In the article, Cox describes how UMBC’s academic advising community supports and fosters multi-campus collaboration. He also shares examples of how UMBC’s community of experts helps inform and engage fellow advisors about the practice of academic advising across multiple campuses.

Read the full article »