Although 2020 began just like any year, it’s closing like no other. Our year in review highlights some of our accomplishments, impacts, and stories from the past twelve months. As you’ll see, COVID-19 impacted most of what we do.

Growing Partnerships

In partnership with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, we manage and support BTU—Partnerships at Work for Greater Baltimore.

Undergrad research opportunities increase amid COVID-19 pandemic

TU’s response to the pandemic included hiring unemployed students as undergraduate researchers to address the pandemic.

Honoring TU COmmunity partners

This fall, TU honored four partnerships with the annual BTU Partnership Awards in a special live, virtual presentation.

Partner Highlight: Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park

TU students have helped to secure grants to create a mobile park center and to develop an all-inclusive playground.


Protecting Maryland's polling places

For the last three years, TU faculty and students have partnered with local election boards to train election judges.

Supporting entrepreneurs

TU is a hub for entrepreneurship where innovative ideas, people and businesses are sparked, developed and nurtured every day.

TU introduces StarTUP Accelerator

Six startups—four ventures from the community and two student-run—were named to the inaugural StarTUp Accelerator, an intensive eight-week, cohort-based fellowship.

Managing a startup while navigating a pandemic

TU’s executive director of entrepreneurship shares how founders can land on firm ground when the world starts spinning again.

TU is new home to ATHENAPowerLink® Baltimore

The yearlong mentorship program connects women entrepreneurs with business experts who provide guidance, support, and advice.

TU’s accelerator ready to StarTUp

“[The StarTUp Accelerator] reflects the university-wide effort to place entrepreneurship and leadership as a university priority. With programs like the accelerator, TU is well positioned for leadership at this exciting juncture.”

Developing Leaders

We design and deliver customized courses and programs that strengthen leadership capacity at the individual, team, and organizational level.

Women's leadership program expands

Now in its sixth year, program continues to push TU to the forefront of leadership development with concurrent cohorts.

Top benefits of synchronous online learning

Maintaining focus, energy, and connection

Connecting, motivating, and supporting each other is the pathway to success for this extended WFH period.

Leading diversity and inclusion programs

Workforce diversity brings benefits, but can bring challenges to maximizing and capitalizing on those benefits.

Addressing Workforce Needs

We have implemented several new continuing education courses based on growing demand and have updated other courses to reflect industry changes so working professionals are prepared to meet the demands of the workforce.

Top benefits of synchronous online learning

Benefits of online, synchronous learning

While we moved courses online, there are benefits to synchronous, online learning environments.

Celebrating student success

We work with students and workforce development offices to ensure students achieve education and career goals.

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The future of HR jobs

The pandemic has brought drastic changes for HR professionals. Here are steps to prepare yourself for a future HR career, post pandemic.

Providing Research & Analysis Solutions

We provide analysis, technical, and research services to the region’s businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that directly benefit the citizens of our state and region.

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Making sense of the census

Why is an accurate count important? What is data used for? We answer those questions to help you make sense of the census.

The academic achievement gap

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the academic achievement gap will widen, disproportionately impacting disadvantaged communities.

Racism, White Privilege, and the Baltimore Economy

Race relations were once again at the forefront of the national conversation. Let us unpack, racism, white privilege, and its impact on the Baltimore economy.

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Impact of coronavirus and immigration on the crabbing industry

Maryland’s crab industry is taking a hit due to visa restrictions and the economic and health concerns due to the coronavirus.

Visualizing Data

We work with clients to identify, analyze, and better understand GIS data to enhance information access, deliver new insights, and utilize technology to inform business challenges and decisions.

Mapping womens’ suffrage

A partnership between the Center for GIS and the National Park Service created one of the most comprehensive archival GIS sites dedicated to this movement in U.S. history.

A closer look at Maryland's election results

TU’s Center for GIS developed maps that look at the pattern of preference for president across the state, the margins of victory, and the winners when broken down by voting method.

Enriching Lives

Since 1999, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Towson University has been providing adults, age 50 and older, opportunities for continued learning, along with programs and activities for social and cultural enrichment.

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Connection, not perfection

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Osher staff and lifelong learners at TU have had to adapt to online learning—with much success.

Creating jewelry for a great cause

Using discarded and donated jewelry items, Osher members created unique jewelry to benefit House of Ruth Maryland.

Osher makes summer splash

Lifelong learners reconnect through weekly online lectures, meetings and so much more during pandemic.

Volunteering with Osher

Osher is lucky to work with dedicated volunteers—including the three Anne’s, who began volunteering in retirement.