Featured, Schools

It’s College Rankings Time Again

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 10:25am

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It’s the time of year that college administrators and admissions officials have been waiting for: the annual release of U.S. News’s college rankings. Even as the whole idea of rankings had been heavily criticized, and despite other magazines trying to steal the glory by developing their own lists, the U.S. News list remains a focus for students and administrators alike. Here’s how local schools measured up this year:

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Lifeline, Money & Power, Schools

Hospitals and Universities Pledge to Revitalize Baltimore

1 Written by: | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 10:25am

Photo via Twitter/@MayorSRB

Photo via Twitter/@MayorSRB

Have you heard the phrase “meds and eds”? It refers to the idea that hospitals and universities are the institutions with the money and power to revitalize struggling cities. Baltimore has a wealth of both.

The Baltimore City Anchor Plan is a formalization of Baltimore’s plans for meds and eds-based development. The eight hospitals and universities that signed on to the plan this week promised to prioritize four areas: public safety, local hiring, local purchasing, and quality of life in the city.
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Featured, Schools

Who’s Speaking at Local Graduations?

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 01, 2014 9:18am

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I love commencement season — not just because of the caps and gowns and excitement in the air, but also because it’s the time of year when local universities bring famous (or, well, semi-famous) folks to town to deliver the commencement address. While none of the speakers announced so far rivals Ira Glass (who spoke at Goucher in 2012), they make for an intriguing mix:

Johns Hopkins: Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube. Why this is cool: She’ll be just the fifth woman to serve as Johns Hopkins’ graduation speaker since 1974.

Stevenson: ABC News Anchor Byron Pitts, who you may recognize from his reporting appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, and 20/20. Or from Morgan State’s 2013 commencement speech. Why this is cool: He’s a native Baltimorean!
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Featured, Schools

UMBC Is Totally Hogging the #1 Spot on US News College Rankings

1 Written by: | Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 10:00am

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Just how long can you be “up-and-coming” for? In the case of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the answer appears to be at least five years:  that’s how long the school has spent at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s list of schools “that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life.”
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Culture, Schools

What Schools’ Summer Reading Picks Reveal

0 Written by: | Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 9:30am

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Last year, I wrote that colleges’ summer reading picks for incoming freshmen could be seen as “a litmus test for how a school sees itself.” Intellectual? Cutting-edge? Not too difficult? There’s a book that fits that description! This year, Baltimore Fishbowl continues that tradition of overanalyzing freshman required reading from local universities:
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Some Baltimore-Area Schools Are Financially Fit… And Some Are Not

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Aug 21, 2013 10:38am

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If you’ve paid a tuition bill lately, you may find it difficult to believe that many colleges and universities are at risk of running out of money. But according to Forbes, many schools — especially those considered “non-elite” — are having trouble keeping their endowments up, attracting students, and offering a high quality education at the same time. “In some ways colleges operate like prestige-seeking liquor brands,” Matt Schifrin writes. “In other ways they are more like Macy’s offering regular sales days, only quietly.” According to the magazines’ “financially fit schools” ranking, only two Baltimore-area universities can consider themselves A or B students when it comes to having healthy finances.
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Maryland Schools Are Good at Partying, Not Partying, Being Pretty, and Being Ugly

1 Written by: | Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013 9:16am

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The Princeton Review released its annual college rankings yesterday, and while the academic lists are more important, it’s those Biggest Party School rankings that everyone really likes to read. Below are a few Maryland-centric highlights from this year’s list:
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Featured, Food & Drink, Lifeline

Local Cicada Expert Says the Bugs Taste Like “Crunchy Honey,” May Bypass Baltimore

0 Written by: | Tuesday, May 21, 2013 10:15am

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Loyola biology professor David Rivers is the kind of bug guy who’s into cockroach racing, mealworm stir fries, and maggot spitting contests. (Seriously.) And his research is even grosser! But we’re not here to talk about flies that feed on fetal pigs (ick); it’s cicadas we’re interested in. And Rivers has some answers.
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Featured, Money & Power, Schools

Which Local Universities’ Grads Make the Most Money?

0 Written by: | Thursday, May 09, 2013 10:17am

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It’s not who you might expect. PayScale, a website that aggregates economic data to help people understand whether they’re under- (or over-) paid just released its 2012-13 data ranking various universities for their salary potential. A quick data point:  Princeton grads have an average starting salary of $58,300 and an average mid-career salary of $137,000. And because money isn’t everything, PayScale also asks alumni whether their job “makes the world a better place”; 49 percent of Princeton grads think that it does. (The site surveyed students with a bachelor’s degree from the institution, not MD/MA/PhD grads, in case you’re wondering). The lowest-earning school on the list is the online division of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (because who goes to art school online!?), where fresh grads average $34,200 and those with a decade or more under their belt make $42,300, on average. Curious about how some local schools measure up? We’ve got the answers below:
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Lifeline

“We Did Everything We Were Supposed to Do”: Getting Grace’s Law Passed in Maryland

1 Written by: | Monday, Apr 01, 2013 10:00am

Grace McComas took her life after a vicious cyberbullying campaign. Photo via Loyola Magazine.

Grace McComas took her life at 15 after a vicious cyberbullying campaign. Photo via Loyola Magazine.

Christine and David McComas’s daughter, Grace, was “a happy, bubbly kid” with “a contagious sense of humor.” She had strong networks of support — both family and friends — to rely on when a neighborhood bully began harassing her in person and online. The McComas family “did everything [they] were supposed to do” when their daughter began feeling threatened by an older classmate. But after real-life bullying transitioned to cyber-attacks and in-school gossip, the distress became too much for Grace to bear. The 15 year-old killed herself last Easter Sunday, and now her parents are fighting to pass Maryland HB 396, nicknamed “Grace’s Law,” to prevent other families from going through similar heartache.
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