TU Innovates Newsletter

A Focus On Continuing Education

Two of the biggest benefits of continuing education are an improvement in current job skills and preparation for a new job. Some fields, including cyber security and medical administration, require job-specific certifications. Human resources professionals and project managers benefit from industry certifications with increased marketability and higher paying jobs. GIS professionals learn new skills that help organizations better use data. However, benefits don't end with the employee. Employers that invest in continuing education benefit from long-term viability.

Make the Most of Your Summer

Summer brings us longer days and more opportunity to learn something new. Our in-class courses allow students to develop new skills in an interactive environment.


Social Media Marketing

Starts June 12, 2017

Take marketing strategies to a new level by learning the tips and tricks of advertising in the digital age. MORE


PMP Certifications

Starts August 7, 2017

A PMP® certification empowers students with the skills needed to be a project manager across multiple fields. MORE


Cyber Security Specialist

Starts July 25, 2017

Earn three certifications and break into the high pay, high demand field of information and network security. MORE

Lifelong Learning Opportunities


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University provides educational courses and social and cultural programs to 700 adults, age 50 and older, from around Greater Baltimore. Join Osher for a preview of fall 2017 classes on Thursday, July 20. MORE

Delivering Training to GIS Professionals

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Center for GIS Trains State Employees

TU's Center for GIS has partnered with Salisbury University and WBCM to develop curriculum and deliver training for DoIT's Statewide GIS Training Program. Over the course of two years, they have trained over 600 Maryland State employees from 32 different agencies. MORE

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Thinking Spatially

Thinking Spatially is an online course designed to lead users through four lessons that focus on the main elements of GIS, the MD iMAP Program and ArcGIS Online. The course is free and designed for individuals with little or no knowledge of GIS. MORE

Engaging Our Communities

Ann Weller Dahl

Baltimore's Working Class in Black and White

What happened to old Baltimore's working class? Scientist tracked 790 people, both black and white, for almost twenty-five years, between 1982, when the subjects began first grade, and 2007, when they were well on their way to being established adults. MORE


eLearning Designs for Non-eLearning Projects

Just because eLearning tools are designed to do something specific, doesn’t mean they can't be used in creative, new ways. eLearning courses can often be integrated into other projects that aren’t just stand alone eLearning courses to great success. MORE


The Importance of Leadership Development

In most cases, people in leadership roles have not been taught leadership skills and principles. Leadership development programs help address this skills gap and help align leadership with corporate goals by investing in individuals and teams. MORE

What's Driving Maryland's Economy?

Ann Weller Dahl

Maryland and the Regional Economy in April 2017

Last month Maryland added 3,500 jobs, 1,900 private nonfarm jobs and 1,600 government jobs. This growth is exceptional for the region. In fact, Maryland was the only state in the Mid-Atlantic Region to have an increase in employment. MORE


Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland

Maryland has a vibrant non-profit arts community that supports jobs, salaries, tax revenue, and has an annual economic impact of $1.16B across the state. A recent report released by the Maryland State Arts Council highlights this economic impact. MORE


Medical Staffing Shortage: A Case of Supply and Demand

Healthcare provider shortage estimates vary state by state. However, there is a consistent theme—the number of workers entering the field will not be enough to meet the demands of America's aging population. What is being done to turn the tide? MORE

Newsworthy Items


BTU Showcase Largest to Date

TU's BTU Partnerships Showcase made a splash at its 10th anniversary, drawing record crowds of over 300 to SECU Arena to explore partnerships. MORE

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Division Featured in COG Quarterly

Daraius Irani Ph.D. spoke about how TU works to improve the quality of life and economic vitality in Maryland and the Baltimore region. (p 10–11) MORE


Maryland Workforce Outlook Forum

Leaders from around the state gathered at TU to discuss ways organizations are creating pathways in education and the workforce for underserved population. MORE

Congratulations, Class of 2017


Over the course of three days (May 24, 25, 26) and six ceremonies, Towson University will turn more than 3,500 TU students into alumni. Take a look at the 2017 Spring Commencement by the numbers.

Saluting Our Troops

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On this Memorial Day Weekend, we remember fallen U.S. armed forces members and thank those that are currently serving our country around the globe.

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With a focus on fulfilling Towson University's identity and mission as a workforce and economic development driver, the Division of Innovation & Applied at Towson University works to improve the quality of life and the economic vitality of Maryland and its citizens.