The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success

DATE: Sunday, November 3, 2019    |   TIME: 2:00 PM  |   VENUE: Literary Salon – USM Columbus Center


The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success

Sunday, November 3, 2019

2:00 PM

Literary Salon – USM Columbus Center

701 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD, USA

There are few higher education leaders today that command more national respect and admiration than Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of UMBC. Named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report and one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Hrabowski has led a community transformation of UMBC from a young, regional institution to one of the nation’s most innovative research universities.


In The Empowered University, Hrabowski and coauthors Philip J. Rous and Peter H. Henderson probe the way senior leaders, administrators, staff, faculty, and students facilitate academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation. They examine how shared leadership enables an empowered campus to tackle tough issues by taking a hard look in the mirror, noting strengths and weaknesses while assessing opportunities and challenges.


The book digs deeply into these tough issues in higher education ranging from course redesign to group-based and experiential learning, entrepreneurship and civic engagement, academic inclusion, and faculty diversity. The authors champion a holistic approach to student success, focusing on teaching and learning while offering an array of financial, social, and academic supports for students of all backgrounds. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize the important role of analytics in decision-making. They also explore how community members and senior leaders can work together to create an inclusive campus through a more welcoming and supportive racial climate, improved Title IX processes, and career support for faculty of all backgrounds.


Ultimately, The Empowered University is as much a case study of the authors’ work as it is an examination of institutional change, inclusive excellence, and campus-community partnerships. Arguing that higher education can play a unique role in addressing the fundamental divisions in our society and economy by supporting individuals in reaching their full potential, Hrabowski and his colleagues have developed a provocative guide for higher education leaders who want to promote healthy and productive campus communities.