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Friday, July 22, 2016

L’Affaires du Publique

Written by  Roger E. Hartley & Monica Queen

An Introduction to the University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs

Happy Pride! It’s been a great pleasure to have the opportunity for the University of Baltimore to contribute to this special column “Out on Campus.” Our institution is committed to civic engagement, diversity, and social justice among the day-to-day work of excellence in higher education. We have been periodically described as a “hidden gem.” We are a great institution doing great things in Baltimore, but we don’t want to be described as “hidden” again. We wanted to tell you a bit about our College of Public Affairs and let you get to know us a bit. By reaching out this past year, we have formed so many new, exciting relationships and community partnerships. Many partnerships are having an impact on students’ lives and careers but also on our neighbors here in the city.

The University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs (CPA) is an innovative, strategically focused urban college engaged in personalized teaching and innovative research that promotes excellence in the public and nonprofit sectors. We are a community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who are all dedicated to improving the lives of others. We believe that public service is the highest of callings.

Through our three schools – the School of Criminal Justice, the School of Health and Human Services and the School of Public and International Affairs – the College of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields ranging from forensic science to global and human security to health systems management. Our students learn from internationally known scholars and award-winning teachers who bring their professional expertise into the classroom, helping them gain practical experience and find new pathways toward rewarding careers in public service. Our college also houses the William Donald Schaefer Center for Public Policy that does public service work in the region like evaluation research and trainings. Schaefer brought us just this year mayoral and senatorial candidate forums and this year opportunities to assess the opinions of Baltimoreans on the most important issues of the day.

The University’s location in the heart of Maryland’s largest city – just across the street from Penn Station – provides our students with a “built-in” laboratory, with opportunities to put theory into practice and create change right outside our doors.

Students in residence at the University of Baltimore find themselves only blocks away from opportunities to solve real-world problems inside city, state, federal and international organizations as well as local and national nonprofits and foundations. Internships and jobs are sometimes just steps away from campus.

Since its inception in 1925, the university has been known for providing educational access to those who otherwise might be denied the opportunity: working adults, first-generation college students and those who require the flexibility not found in traditional college settings.

The College of Public Affairs continues that same practice today – as do the other three colleges and schools that, along with CPA, comprise the university – offering classes during the day, in the evenings, on weekends and online to accommodate the different schedules of our diverse student body. Further, the College of Public Affairs offers several of its most popular degree programs at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland, affording students outside of the Baltimore metropolitan an opportunity to earn a UB degree without having to travel to Baltimore.

As Baltimore is set for an incredible summer of events, including the upcoming Pride Celebration, I invite you to come see us at the University of Baltimore. As you may know, a large part of the annual Artscape Festival is on our campus; we are just north of Mount Vernon and just blocks south of the Station North Arts District, and our neighbors are The Lyric and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Better yet, visit us online at Ubalt.edu/cpa. Reach out to us if you are interested in learning more about one of our 17 degree programs or if you would like to partner with us, take on an intern or hire a UB grad.


Roger E. Hartley ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is dean of University of Baltimore’s College of Public Affairs. Monica Queen is a college communications specialist at UB.

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