UB Online Degree Ranks 5th in Maryland

University of Baltimore has catered to non-traditional students by offering primarily evening and distance learning courses ever since the founding of the university in 1925. Technological advancements have allowed for this legacy to continue with cheap, high quality online degrees. 

These efforts have been recognized as the University of Baltimore is the 5th best online degree in the state, according to rankings from the SR Education Group. This ranking is compared to nearby universities like University of Maryland, Towson University, Stevenson University, and Frostburg.

Factors considered in this ranking include tuition cost and median earnings of program graduates. The annual tuition at the university is $7,014 with median earnings of program graduates around roughly $75,500. 

Degrees offered online through the University of Baltimore include bachelor degrees in business Administration and general Business, graduate degrees in data analytics and financial performance. 

This year’s rankings remain identical to 2019 rankings but show a slight improvement from 2018. In 2018, the university ranked #8 among colleges in Maryland. 

Kenny Lyle is a contributing writer to the UB Post.

Accounting student look to start NABA chapter on campus

By Andrew Koch

Like many students at the UB, Denyse Webber is a nontraditional student. She’s a member of the UB chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (the honor society for accounting, finance and information systems majors), and is scheduled to graduate with her Master of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Advisory Services in December 2015. Webber is also trying to start a new group on campus geared specifically toward minority students.

Webber is trying to start a UB chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). She explained that the association was started to help African Americans overcome the racial barriers that existed in the past and break into the accounting profession. Webber said the lack of African Americans in the accounting field is still an issue today. Now, NABA awards scholarships to African-American accounting majors, and provides them with networking opportunities. Webber said she wants to start at UB to help black accounting students capitalize on opportunities that are available to them in the field.

“I felt like a lot of students, especially African-American students, don’t really know how to take ad- vantage of the opportunities,” Web- ber said. “So I thought with NABA that, coming from someone who was just like them, would help them understand and guide them through the process of getting your degree in ac- counting, sitting for your CPA exam.”

However, Webber said she’s running into some challenges in trying to start a chapter on campus, including graduation at the end of each semester.

“It’s hard to get people to commit if they graduate every semester,” Webber said. She said she’s found that some people don’t want to take ad- vantage of networking opportunities, even though that could help them in the future.

“Some people just have an attitude that ‘I just want to get my degree, I really don’t want to participate in any networking or any organizations,’” Webber said. In addition, she said that because some people work full- time, they don’t have the time to devote to such organizations. She said she’s not really sure what to do to get students to make the commitment so a chapter can be started at UB.

While she’s run into difficulty trying to start a NABA chapter at UB, Webber said she’ll continue to promote NABA she has been able to get students to sign up for the asso- ciation’s Baltimore regional chapter. School chapters that are members of the regional chapter include Towson, Morgan State and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The University of Maryland-College Park also has a sizable NABA chapter.

In addition to awarding scholarships to students and providing them with networking opportunities, Webber explained that NABA sets up organizations at different universities throughout the country and, as part of the association’s community outreach, goes into high schools and talk about the accounting profession in an effort to get high school students interested in a career in ac- counting. She added that NABA has conferences in June every year where attendees can go for interviews, and current accountants can go to get Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. This year’s conference was held in Bethesda. Webber says in the spring, NABA holds regional career development days throughout the country.

During those career development days, Webber explains that members come together, critique student resumes, and go over how to dress and prepare for an interview. Accounting firms and other businesses come to the events. Students can then upload their resumes onto an e-resume book that’s accessible to employers, who can then review resumes and schedule interviews.

Ravens Select Alabama Linebacker Mosley With First-Round Pick in NFL Draft

The Baltimore Ravens had a top-20 pick in this year’s NFL Draft for the first time in six years as a result of their disappointing 8-8 record last year. Their general manager, Ozzie Newsome, played his college football at the University of Alabama under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, and he went back to the proverbial well in Tuscaloosa to draft another defensive player.

The Ravens selected Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley with the 17th pick in the first round of the draft. Mosley was a two-time defensive captain for Nick Saban, and he had 108 total tackles (61 solo) last year. He was named a first-team All-American and first-team all-Southeastern Conference. Mosley was the winner of the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in major college football.

Baltimore took a pair of players from the national champion Florida State Seminoles with their next two picks: defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan in the second round (48th overall pick) and safety Terrence Brooks in the third round (75th overall.) Jernigan was an early entry into the draft, as he decided to leave Florida State following his junior season. He had 44 tackles and found and a half sacks last season. Brooks had 48 tackles, a sack and two interceptions. He posted a time of 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. With their second pick in the third round (99th overall pick), the Ravens selected tight end Crockett Gilmore of Colorado State. Gilmore caught 47 passes for 577 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Rams last season. It’s a good thing for the Ravens that he has very big hands (10.25 inches.)

In the fourth round, the Ravens took defensive tackle Brent Urban from the University of Virginia with the 134th overall pick, and four picks later, selected tailback Lorenzo Taliaferro out of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Urban had 40 tackles and a sack for the Cavaliers last season, while Taliaferro ran for 1729 yards and 27 touchdowns for the Chanticleers. He added 153 yards and two touchdowns receiving out of the backfield. With their fifth-round pick, the Ravens selected guard John Urschel from Penn State. Quarterback Keith Wenning from Ball State was drafted by the Ravens in the sixth round, and in the seventh round, Baltimore used its final draft pick to select wide receiver Michael Campanaro out of Wake Forest. The Ravens got the pick by trading their sixth-round pick in next year’s draft to Cleveland.

In other draft news, the Chicago Bears selected cornerback Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech with the 14th pick. Fuller went to high school at Mount St. Joseph in Southwest Baltimore. Last season, Fuller had 24 tackles and two interceptions. He is one of three Baltimore-area players who were drafted this year. The others are Campanaro (played at River Hill High School), and running back Terrance West (Towson University and Northwestern High School), who was taken by Cleveland in the third round. West ran for a Football Championship Subdivision-record 2,509 yards and 42 touchdowns as he helped lead the Tigers to a 13-3 record and the FCS Championship Game, where Towson lost to North Dakota State.