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A measure of excellence

Today, the University of Maryland was once again recognized as one of the nation’s leading institutions of higher education by U.S. News & World Report, holding our place as a top 20 public university in the country. We now have a combined 73 Top 25 ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in 2022-23, which is up from 67 the previous year.

University of Maryland raises minimum wage for student workers to $15 (The Washington Post)

President Darryll J. Pines and UMD students discuss the impact of the university's decision to increase the minimum wage for student workers starting in January 2023, years before the state requirement.

Where change begins

Welcome to the fall 2022 semester! It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating our graduates at spring commencement, but the events of this summer demonstrate that our world is moving forward fast. If there’s a theme of our forthcoming semester, it is this: do not sit on the sidelines to see what happens next. Help create the world, community, and university you want.

Op/Ed: UMD, George Mason presidents launch research initiative to stem gun violence (The Baltimore Sun)

President Darryll Pines and George Mason University President Gregory Washington discuss the launch of the 120 Initiative.

D.C.-area campuses team up to combat gun violence (The Washington Post)

President Darryll Pines discusses the 120 Initiative, a partnership that brings together experts from the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area to research solutions aimed at reducing gun violence.

Maryland Welcomes UCLA and USC to Big Ten Conference

University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines and Barry P. Gossett Director of Athletics Damon Evans released a statement welcoming UCLA and USC to the Big Ten Conference.

A 50-year landmark for women

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Perhaps the most significant legislation for women since the 19th Amendment, its scope and impact reach far beyond the equity achieved in competitive athletics, the outcome for which it is most commonly known. The law also improved opportunities in education, including admissions and hiring, offers recourse for victims of sexual harassment and assault, and provides protections for pregnant students.

Investing in our people and communities

A major strategic commitment in our strategic plan is that we invest in people and communities. Just as you invest your time, energy and passion into your work, we must invest in you, the staff of UMD. Over the next few weeks there will be opportunities for you to share your experiences to inform the forward progress of this important commitment. We value and seek your input.

Encouraging Flexible Summer Schedules

Our university community persevered through an unusually challenging period, particularly over the past two academic years. You have met many challenges with professionalism, creativity and great energy. We value the dedicated work of our faculty and staff, and acknowledge that perceptions and experiences around work and the workplace are changing.

President Pines Responds to Tragedy in Uvalde, Texas

As we grieve another tragedy, we ask ourselves what we can do to prevent these horrific attacks. We are a community who cares and feels the weight and urgency of our responsibility to be part of the solution.

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