PRINCESS ANNE — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore moved a step closer to meeting President Heidi M. Anderson’s goal of being a “Top 10” historically black institution in the latest Best Colleges survey released today by U.S. News and World Report.
UMES came in at 17 in the publication’s 2022 rankings, one notch higher than a year ago and equaling the highest peer rating since the publication created a category in 2007 focusing exclusively on historically black colleges and universities as a group.
This new ranking marks the second year in a row the university’s ranking improved one position. When Dr. Anderson took office in September 2018, she challenged faculty, staff, alumni and supporters to intentionally work towards moving the university into the upper tier.
“As most people in higher education will tell you, retention is everyone’s business, but what does that really mean and what does it look like at UMES?,” Anderson said. “For us, retention is exercising leadership. It is being willing to go the extra mile for students, and with students to see that they are heard and their issues are addressed in a timely and courteous manner.”
Anderson said she’s tried to instill a culture that encourages sharing “new ideas, fresh approaches and to create new networks to solve new and old problems together.”
UMES offers bachelor’s degrees in 37 areas, including such fields of study as engineering, golf management, hospitality studies, kinesiology, marine science education, mathematics, information technology and humanities. Cybersecurity and pharmaceutical sciences are among 15 master’s degree programs in UMES’ graduate school, which also offers eight doctoral degrees, including pharmacy, physical therapy and toxicology.
UMES is the lone HBCU to offer eight health professions programs, producing graduates to combat the rural health care disparities that exist in medically underserved areas and throughout the country. UMES is one of 15 HBCUs with Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology credentials.
U.S. News asks senior administrators – presidents, senior academic policymakers and admissions directors – to rate the academic quality of peer institutions. Graduation and retention rates, alumni giving and faculty resources also carry a lot of weight in the ranking equation.
Other factors taken into consideration include the number of full-time faculty, student selectivity based on test scores and high school class standing, the institution's financial resources and how large classes are. UMES' student-to-faculty ratio is 10-to-1, and 70 percent of classes the university offers average fewer than 20 students.
The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recognizes UMES as a “high-research activity” doctoral institution where seven current faculty members hold a combined 14 U.S. and international patents.