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Evolution of the Mission (an essay)

Sep 13, 2017

When the Civil War ended in 1865, Negroes recognized education was the path to providing for one’s family and to bettering one’s condition in society. Despite newfound freedoms, former slaves and freedmen had few options to pursue elementary, much less higher education. Access to formal education was an exceptionally rare in rural communities. In small towns, Negro education fell to the church, where students learned their earliest lessons from local clergy.

UMES cracks U.S. News & World Report survey's Top 20

Sep 12, 2017
Brian Daniels / WESM-FM

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore moved up to the nation's Top 20 historically black institutions, according to the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Colleges released today. 

At number 20, UMES' ranking is its highest since the news magazine undertook a peer-review survey 11 years ago exclusively focusing on historically black colleges and universities. 

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.--The latest independent study by “U.S. News & World Report” has been released and for the sixth consecutive year, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is ranked in the top tier of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities. 

UMES was rated 33rd, joining fellow Maryland HBCUs Morgan State and Bowie State in the upper tier.  Dr. Juliette B. Bell, beginning her first year as president at UMES, comes to the post from Central State University; an HBCU in Ohio also listed in the top tier.