UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski Reflects on 50 Years of Higher Education Experimentation

By Meredith Hicks | Thursday September 7, 2017

Renowned educational and civil rights leader Freeman A. Hrabowski, PhD, will share his unique perspective on the last 50 years of American higher education — the half-century in which the PA profession has blossomed — in an inspiring general session address: “Holding Fast to Dreams: a 50-year Experiment in American Higher Education.”

Dr. Hrabowski, a leader in the civil rights movement in the 1960s and president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, since 1992, has become nationally known for his innovative approach to promoting inclusion and helping students from all backgrounds succeed in science education. He chaired the 2011 National Academies committee that wrote Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads, and President Obama named him to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans in 2009. TIME magazine has named him one of America’s 10 Best College Presidents and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” 

Join us in Plaza Ballroom BCEF from 9:00-10:20 a.m. on Friday, October 27, to hear Dr. Hrabowski reflect on the grand “experiment” of the last 50 years of American higher education and draw lessons to inform new approaches in a time of dramatic technological and demographic change.

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