It’s time for colleges and universities to take a hard look in the mirror, says University of Maryland Baltimore County President Freeman Hrabowski. Too many students don’t make it to graduation and others are faced with the false choice between pursuing a broad education and gaining technical skills, when they actually need both. At UMBC, he’s proving that with the right support, even the most challenged students will succeed.


About Freeman Hrabowski

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Hrabowski has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008). For the past decade, U.S. News has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. Hrabowski’s most recent book, The Empowered University, examines how university communities support academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture.

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