U.S. News Again Recognizes UMBC as Top Innovator

Published: Sep 13, 2011

From President Freeman Hrabowski and Interim Provost Philip Rous

We are delighted to let you know that UMBC has again been recognized as a national leader in innovation and undergraduate teaching in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide.

For the third year in a row, UMBC tops the U.S. News ranking of national universities everyone should be watching—a designation recognizing that we consistently find new ways to improve students’ educational experiences.

U.S. News also ranks UMBC fourth on the list of top national universities “where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.” UMBC is tied with Yale University and ranks just ahead of Brown and Stanford universities.

Our faculty and staff lead the way nationally, finding new ways to understand and enhance student learning and to engage students in the process of discovery.

For example, the University has redesigned its foundational science, engineering, and psychology courses to promote student engagement. The changes have not only produced higher pass rates, but also have encouraged more students to prepare for careers in these fields. Model scholars programs for undergraduates in the humanities, arts, and social sciences also promote engaged learning.

The culture of innovation at UMBC is possible because of the hard work of our faculty and staff, who strongly support the success of our students, and because of our students, who inspire us every day. This national recognition also results from the support of the Governor, the Legislature, and our alumni and friends.

Thank you for all you do to support UMBC.

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