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 Ranks Among the Ivies

4 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014 9:36am

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What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, and Brown all have in common? Duh; they’re all Ivy League schools. But here’s a trickier question:  What do Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and UMBC all have in common?
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Either George Bluth or His Brother Oscar Spotted in Mount Vernon

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013 9:30am

Photo via Liam Flynn/Baltimore Sun

Photo via Liam Flynn/Baltimore Sun

No, Arrested Development fans, you were not dreaming when you thought you saw George Bluth (or Jeffrey Tambor, the actor who plays him) buying a sandwich at Eddie’s in Mount Vernon yesterday afternoon. Read More →

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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Featured, Schools

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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Maryland Cyber Challenge Seeks ‘Aspiring Cyber Warriors’

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 09, 2013 2:45pm

Courtesy Citybizlist –The Maryland Cyber Challenge is seeking a new generation of “aspiring cyber warriors” this fall at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Science Applications International Corporation, Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) announced plans for the third annual competition on Monday. The competition aims to attract students and young professionals to Maryland’s growing role as the “nation’s epicenter for information security excellence,” according to the competition announcement.

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Featured, Schools

UMBC is One of the Nation’s Most Underrated Schools

0 Written by: | Monday, Jun 24, 2013 9:08am

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Hooray (once again!) for the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a school that just keeps racking up the accolades from the national press. This time, the praise comes from Business Insider, which just named UMBC the seventh-most underrated college in America.
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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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Links, Schools

How to Change the Future of Education, According to Freeman Hrabowski

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 09, 2013 9:45am

Near the end of UMBC president Freeman Hrabowski’s TED Talk, he cites a quotation by Aristotle:  “Excellence is never an accident.” That’s a solid summary of Hrabowski’s rousing lecture about how he and his UMBC colleagues have taken an unremarkable school and made it into a cutting-edge institution — and, incidentally, the nation’s top producer of African-American students who go on to get PhDs or MD/PhDs. Watching the video, it’s easy to see why Time has named him one of the ten best university presidents in the nation.
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