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Which Local Universities’ Grads Make the Most Money?

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It’s not who you might expect. PayScale, a website that aggregates economic data to help people understand whether they’re under- (or over-) paid just released its 2012-13 data ranking various universities for their salary potential. A quick data point:  Princeton grads have an average starting salary of $58,300 and an average mid-career salary of $137,000. And because money isn’t everything, PayScale also asks alumni whether their job “makes the world a better place”; 49 percent of Princeton grads think that it does. (The site surveyed students with a bachelor’s degree from the institution, not MD/MA/PhD grads, in case you’re wondering). The lowest-earning school on the list is the online division of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (because who goes to art school online!?), where fresh grads average $34,200 and those with a decade or more under their belt make $42,300, on average. Curious about how some local schools measure up? We’ve got the answers below:

Let’s Just Abolish Parking Tickets, Okay?

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We all have parking ticket horror stories — that time you got fined while walking over to pay the meter, the time you returned to your car two minutes after your meter ran out and found it already ticketed — but for most of us, it ends there. Not so with Baltimore’s Anam Ardeshiri, who’s made crusading against parking tickets into an academic career.

East Baltimore Community School Takes Shape, Assembles Board

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Dr. Ben Carson is so cool that Cuba Gooding Jr. once played him in a TV movie.

The East Baltimore Community School, Inc., the partnership educational institution operated jointly by Johns Hopkins and Morgan State Universities, is meant as a kind of flagship redevelopment project for the struggling Middle East community. As it ramps up for its move to a $42 million, 90,000 square foot campus in fall 2013, the school is assembling its forces. And as of this week, that includes neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who was named president of the board as of December 1.

What’s the Most Gay-Friendly School in Baltimore?

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Johns Hopkins publishes OUTList, a list of all the out lesbian/gay/bi/transgender students, staff, and faculty. The University of Maryland makes employees’ same-sex partners eligible for benefits. But according to a national ranking of universities, not all Baltimore-area schools are created equal when it comes to creating a LGBT-friendly campus. The LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index allots participating universities between zero (yike!) and five (hooray!) stars. Here’s how local schools measure up:

The Baltimore-Area Commencement Speech Rundown

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Dr. Shirley Jackson, who will five the commencement speech at Morgan State.

I’m sure there are people out there who remember their commencement speakers forever. I’m not one of them. I vaguely remember a woman speaking in broad terms about leadership, or friendship, or maybe even both. Some of this year’s graduates are going to find that half-hour speech the most riveting part of graduation — probably those lucky kids at Goucher, who’ll get to listen to a born storyteller — while many will spend that time daydreaming about their post-graduation plans. Here’s a run-down of the rest of 2012’s commencement speakers and their relative snooze-scores:

Treasure Trove of Baltimore’s African-American History Now Online

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It took three years and nearly half a million dollars, but the ambitious archival project to document Baltimore’s historic and groundbreaking Afro-American newspaper is now online. The project, funded by the Mellon Foundation and conducted via Johns Hopkins, was no little effort. Over its 120 years covering local, state, and national news, the Afro-American compiled more than a million photographs, and over a hundred thousand boxes and files filled with clippings, images, and correspondence.

To sort it all out, the project enlisted the help of students, researchers, and interns from Johns Hopkins, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland. They got to dig through the paper’s numerous primary source documents, some of them dating from the Afro‘s 1892 founding. (The paper is the oldest family-owned African American newspaper in the country.)

The project was a good example of Johns Hopkins putting its best foot forward — the university used its size and clout to spearhead a project that mattered to its neighborhood (the Afro is currently housed in Charles Village), its city, and the wider world. Plus, in collaborating with numerous other institutions, it proved that it can be a team player.

The work isn’t yet done; the next step will involve creating online exhibits on some of the archive’s most compelling material. But there’s plenty to check out now; visit the newly-launched website here.

An Introduction to Baltimore’s Urban Cosmography

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When you’re talking about the fourteenth century, cosmography is the science of mapping the universe — in other words, early attempts to describe both the known world and what lies outside it.  When much-revered writer/designer/futurist Buckminster Fuller used the term at the title for his final book, he was talking about the structures that underlay our politics, history, physics, economics, society, chemistry… and pretty much everything else. (He was a man of many interests.)

So, then, what might an introduction to Baltimore’s urban cosmography look like?  As presented by Jeremy Kargon, an architect and professor at Morgan State, it’ll probably involve a look at maps and charts — some of them very old — as a way to understand how Baltimore has come to be organized the way it is.  How did early Baltimoreans conceive of “urban planning”? How did political culture from a hundred years ago shape the streetscape we know today? To chart the contours of our world, we have to understand the historical norms and transformations; urban cosmology — a brand new concept, as far as our googlings show — might be the place to start.

Kargon speaks at Johns Hopkins’s Gilman Hall tonight (Wednesday, December 14) from 7 – 9 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Education Reform Theories Get Tested in East Baltimore

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According to friends of mine who’ve gotten Master’s degrees in education, going to school for teaching can sometimes feel a little backward — after all, the most important learning happens when you’re at the front of the classroom.

Plenty of learning will happen for teachers and students alike when Johns Hopkins’ School of Education and Morgan State’s School of Education and Urban Studies take over the daily operations of an East Baltimore school this fall, putting all those theories about “best teaching practices” and “urban-based K-8 education” to the test.

The dean of the Hopkins School of Education says he’s looking forward to putting education reform ideas into practice:  “Johns Hopkins is involved with this school because we can make a difference. We are committed to reducing the achievement gap and making this a demonstration site of best practices. We like to say this is a small school that will leave a big footprint.”

And the school won’t be staying small for long. As it stands now, the charter school has been operational for 3 years, and serves approximately 260 students. In a couple years, though, it’ll re-open as a 90,000 square foot facility with a capacity for 540 students, the first new school built in East Baltimore in a quarter century.

And in an ideal world, Hopkins employees who live and work in the area will happily send their kids to the public school that their institution helped to reform. A lofty-but-reachable goal? Or an impossible dream? Let us know what you think.

Is Segregation Getting Worse? Lawsuit Says Yes

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Are Maryland’s  four historically black colleges — Morgan State, Coppin State, Bowie State, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore — more segregated and generally worse off than they were a few decades ago?

So argued a lawsuit filed on behalf of the schools a number of years ago — and brought to a somewhat anticlimactic conclusion this week.  The suit argued that the state underfunded these schools, and gave preferential treatment to other schools, among other discriminatory practices; as a result, they are more segregated now than they were a few decades ago. To take one example, funding for capital enhancement projects takes two or three times longer than at other institutions. As a result, perhaps, historically black institutions have poor retention and graduation rates.

Maryland has a checkered past when it comes to higher education and race. In 1969, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights ruled that Maryland had an illegal segregated higher education system.

But we won’t get a chance to see a dramatic trial result in the case, at least not anytime soon; the two sides agreed to postpone the trial until December, in favor of trying to mediate the conflict.

What do you think is the role of historically black colleges in today’s educational landscape?

Commencement Speakers: The Highlights

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No Oprah- or Obama-caliber superstars will descend on Baltimore this graduation season, but the speakers’ docket is still full of intriguing talent and fascinating lives. This years’ speakers include a soprano, an NFL players advocate, and a bevy of journalists and non-profit executives. A few notable speakers include:

Johns Hopkins‘ university-wide commencement on Thursday, May 26 will feature Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show, Editor-at-Large of TIME Magazine, columnist at the Washington Post, and New York Times bestselling author.

The SAIS ceremony — also May 26 — will include a speech by Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme.

Slated to speak at Peabody  (May 26 as well) is soprano Marni Nixon, “the voice of Hollywood,” who overdubbed the singing voices in movies including My Fair Lady, West Side Story, The King and I, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

For its May 26 commencement, the Johns Hopkins School of Education snagged Gary Knell, president of the Sesame Workshop, who helped bring Sesame Street to far-flung places including Egypt, South Africa, Russia, and China.

Goucher‘s got Dr. Ian G. Rawson, the managing director of Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti speaking on Friday, May 20.

On Friday, May 13 Stevenson will feature journalist Kimberly Dozier, formerly of CBS News and now with the Associated Press. Dozier recently penned an account of her time as a correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan — and her recovery after being wounded in a car bombing that killed a colleague.

Morgan State‘s speaker is Ruth Simmons, the first female president of Brown University and the first African American to serve as president of any Ivy League institution. The ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 21.

Towson’s commencement on Wednesday, May 25 will include a speech by Scott Pelley, who is slated to replace Katie Couric as CBS Evening News anchor.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, lends some wisdom at the University of Maryland’s graduation ceremony in College Park on Thursday, May 19.

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