Fearless ideas filled the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, at Maryland Smith. Much of the innovation starts on campus, but its influence spreads with support from alumni and friends. These are the champions of the school who multiply the impact of key initiatives.
New and expanded programs from the Office of Transformational Learning brought business leaders into the classroom, allowing students to grapple with real-world problems, practice their critical thinking skills and discuss strategy with industry professionals.
The school expanded access and opportunities for underrepresented students through programs like the Smith Business Academy and the inaugural Men of Distinction conference for high school and college students of color. The Ladies First initiative of the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship provided additional support for women entrepreneurs.
The school launched the MicroMasters in MBA Core Curriculum, the first of its kind on the edX platform, to make a high-quality MBA degree more affordable and accessible, it provides best-in-class instruction from Maryland Smith faculty to more than 10,000 learners in dozens of countries.
Thanks to the first Smith Day in November 2017, the Robert H. Smith name was celebrated globally, as hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff shared why they are #UMDSmithProud. Participants gathered in College Park, Rockville and Baltimore, Md., Washington, D.C., and nine other locations.
Women MBAs earned recognition as the National Association of Women MBAs Academic Chapter of the Year. The citation included a special mention of Maryland Smith’s “Get Confident” series, which encourages women to try new activities ranging from golf to skeet shooting. The series also includes career coaching and tours of regional businesses.
This is just a sampling of the Smith Effect. It’s what happens when the Smith community steps up to transform business. Like Bob Smith realized when he made the initial investment to name the school, together we are better. We stand taller, stronger, bolder and brighter when we work together.
Thank you for joining us on the journey and for being part of the Smith community. It is our collective curiosity, passion, inspiration and boldness that continue to fuel our fearless ideas.
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