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UMBC has long been known as a place with innovative and effective programs to produce diverse scientists and engineers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  More recently UMBC has become known for its innovative and effective education initiatives, as evidenced by the U.S. News national university ranking for strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, tied with Yale at #6 on the list, and on a new ranking of “Most Innovative Schools,” UMBC is #4 in the nation.

UMBC was pleased to join the CIRTL Network in 2016. Our own graduate students and post-docs will benefit from access to workshops and courses as well as our own contributions to the network. Becoming part of the CIRTL Network has provided the common bond among our various initiatives to produce future faculty who understand education innovations and diversity initiatives. This formalized structure to establish baseline competencies in these areas will allow members of our Local Learning Community to become practitioners, associates and scholars in the integration of research, teaching and learning.