New Book: The Empowered University

Posted by Johns Hopkins University Press on December 3, 2019

In their new book, The Empowered University, Freeman Hrabowski, Philip J. Rous, and Peter H. Henderson address what UMBC does well and where they believe it still has work to do. Many know that UMBC increased its graduation rate from 30 percent a few decades ago to 70 percent today. But as Hrabowski, Rous, and Henderson tell it, this wasn’t enough.

UMBC has developed a number of reforms to enhance the quality of education for its students, to include, redesigning courses to reflect best teaching practices, instilling an entrepreneurial approach to some courses, and employing analytics to help students succeed. These reforms didn’t come easily, however. As Hrabowski notes, “An academic community searching for truth and insight must be willing to respectfully engage in conversations, albeit often difficult ones, listening as necessary to those who may think differently from ourselves.”

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