Engaged Scholarship

In an effort to promote scholarly engagement, The Shriver Center is poised to support your work and research here at UMBC. We are dedicated to providing students with quality experiences that will bring focus to their studies and challenge their mind and spirit. We know how important your classroom teaching and research is to the development of all students, and we believe our work with students will better complement that process.

Retention Data

UMBC data reveals that first-time, full-time freshmen engaging in applied learning experiences are more often retained and graduate at a significantly higher rate than students who do not engage in similar experiences. The Shriver Center has a proven track record of successfully engaging students in applied learning and is poised to assist in making this valuable student success strategy available to all UMBC students.

Shriver Center students:

  • Are retained at a rate of 88.7% (in 2002) from their 2nd to 3rd year versus 70.2% of non-Shriver Center students (OIR, 2005).
  • Graduate at a rate almost double that of their peers who did not engage through the Center (6-year graduation rate of 83.7% in 1998 versus 45.7% for non-Shriver Center students) (OIR, 2005).
  • Are significantly more likely to feel more integrated academically, socially with peers, and in interactions with faculty during their first year if they engaged in a service-learning experience (OIR, 2005).
  • Are more motivated to continue and persist to graduation as a direct result of their applied learning experience (74% of professional practice student evaluation respondents report this perception‚ÄîStudent Evaluation, 2009).
  • Enhance their self-confidence as a direct result of their applied learning experience (90% of professional practice students and 78% of service-learning students report an increase on Student Evaluations, 2009).
  • Enhance their leadership skills development as a direct result of their applied learning experience (79% of service-learning students and 75% of professional practice students report an increase on Student Evaluations, 2009) .
  • Have increased ability to view their career expectations realistically and increased clarity of their career goals as a direct result of their applied learning experience (85% and 82%, respectively, of professional practice students on Student Evaluations, 2009).

Learn about what we are doing at the Center and work with us to generate new initiatives that will foster increased collaboration.


The Shriver Center is grateful for the support of faculty across the UMBC campus.  Dr. Scott Farrow, Professor and Chair of the Economics Department, has been a strong advocate for the Center since he arrived at UMBC in 2005. Collaboration between the Economics Department and The Shriver Center provides students majoring in Economics or Financial Economics with academic credit linked to their work at an internship site.  The Pass/Fail course, designated ECON 313 – Economics Internship, requires an internship with economic relevance and a strong background on the part of the student as there are pre-requisites of Intermediate Microeconomic and Macroeconomic Theory.

“Internships and job-like settings can provide important context to understand economic concepts and energize interest in specific aspects of economics,” said Dr. Scott Farrow, Chair of the Economics Department,who served as the
driving force behind the passage of
the course.  “Well-placed internships can supply insights that make the textbooks come alive.”

As part of the course requirements, students work at companies and organizations such as T. Rowe Price, Mercantile/PNC, the Department of Defense and the Federal Reserve Bank.  They also are enrolled in The Shriver Center’s Practicum course in order to enhance their learning and track their progress during the internship.