President Freeman Hrabowski and William LaCourse, Chemistry and Biochemistry, in Science

President Freeman Hrabowski recently chaired a committee for the National Academies that recommended changes to introductory courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics so that underrepresented minorities—and all students—will be encouraged to pursue degrees in these fields.

The journal Science reports on the committee’s work and also highlights changes UMBC’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry made to support students in introductory classes and to increase the number of majors.

Chair William LaCourse talks in the article about how the department was losing ground before altering course.

The article, “Better Intro Courses Seen as Key to Reducing Attrition of STEM Majors,” appeared October 15 in Science.


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