University of Maryland Global Campus
This article needs additional citations for verification. (August 2019) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Chief Academic Officer||Peter Smith (Interim)|
|Colors||Gold, Black and Red|
The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), known as University of Maryland University College (UMUC) until July 1, 2019, is a public university focused on online education and headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland. UMGC offers classes and programs on campus in its Academic Center in Largo and at satellite campuses across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, throughout Maryland, and in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
UMGC serves over 90,000 students worldwide and is one of the largest distance-learning institutions in the world. UMGC is open to all applicants, with a 100 percent acceptance rate for undergraduate programs. The university offers 120 academic programs in instructor-led and online classes, including bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. UMGC is a member of the University System of Maryland, which includes eleven separate public universities in Maryland. University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
- 1 History
- 2 Academic and degree programs
- 3 Deployed locations
- 4 Campus and facilities
- 5 Student profile
- 6 Awards
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Notable faculty
- 9 References
- 10 External links
UMGC is an outgrowth of the evening program for adults at the University of Maryland, which began in the 1920s. In 1947, the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) was established. In 1959, The CSCS became the University of Maryland University College (UMUC). In 1970, UMUC became an independent institution, and it became a member of the University System of Maryland in 1988.
UMUC formerly had an international campus in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, (near Stuttgart), until 2002. It also ran a two-year residential campus in Munich, Germany, from 1950 to 1992, which then moved to Augsburg, Germany, from 1993 to 1994, and then to Mannheim, Germany, in 1995 until it finally closed in 2005. The residential campus offered a two-year associate degree and mainly served high school graduate children of U.S. military and government personnel stationed in Europe.
In 2008 UMUC offered courses on over 130 military installations at locations throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as in Asia. In 2004, UMUC shared the ICDE Prize of Excellence from the International Council for Open and Distance Education. In FY 2015, UMGC offered on-site classes in 20 countries throughout the world, enrolling almost 11,000 students, in Asia and Europe.
UMUC was a college in the traditional American sense of the word, albeit one associated with a university—hence, "University College." The "University of Maryland" prefix indicated the historical entity to which the college belonged originally. In the university's name, "University College" represented "the specialized concentration on professional development," while "University of Maryland" represented the affiliation of the university with the University System of Maryland.
When UMUC first opened in 1947, the school was named College of Special and Continuation Studies to distinguish it as an institution independent from the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1953, Raymond Ehrensberger, chancellor of the institution at that time, wanted to change the name to something more meaningful and less cumbersome for people to say and remember. Early suggestions for the name included College of General Studies, College of Adult Education and University College.
In 1959, Chancellor Ehrensberger persuaded the University System of Maryland's Board of Regents to change the name to University of Maryland University College. The name "University College" was adopted from the British university system to depict an educational institution offering "courses and programs from all academic departments outside the university's walls and normal class times." Therefore, UMUC was not a division of the University of Maryland, College Park, but rather a separate institution within the University System of Maryland.
In 2019, the university announced that its name would change to "University of Maryland Global Campus" accompanied by a half-billion dollar national marketing campaign to expand the school's global outreach. The name change request was submitted as SB 201 and HB 319 in the 2019 regular session of the Maryland General Assembly. The name change was enacted into law on April 18, 2019 when the bill was signed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
Academic and degree programs
UMGC is one of the largest providers of distance education in the United States. Courses are delivered in traditional classroom settings, as well as online. Even before the advent of online education by way of the World Wide Web, UMGC was a distance education pioneer and offered distance learning using its WebTycho interface by way of dial-up access. UMGC later adopted the use of the Web for connectivity to its online classrooms, as well as using television and correspondence courses to deliver course content.
Colleges and schools
- Undergraduate School
- Graduate School
The Undergraduate School offers more than 30 bachelor's degree programs and undergraduate certificates, awarded in business management, computers/information technology, communications, criminal justice/legal studies, and social sciences. Undergraduate students can earn credit through classroom-based and online courses or through the Prior Learning programs. The Undergraduate program serves as a continuation of the Community Colleges of Maryland and elsewhere. The Prior Learning programs offer an escalated degree option for education and training completed in the workplace or military. This program provides general education credits that can be applied towards a degree at UMGC.
The Graduate School offers more than 55 master's degree programs, graduate certificates, and doctoral degrees. Most graduate programs are available in both classroom and online formats. Several master's degrees are available in an accelerated Executive format or executive online format only.
Campus and facilities
The headquarters for UMGC is located in Adelphi, Maryland near the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Until late 2000, the UMGC headquarters was listed in College Park, Maryland. In an attempt to establish its own identity as an independent university, UMGC changed its postal address to Adelphi, an unincorporated community that borders College Park. The address change with the U.S. Postal Service involved no physical move of people and facilities. The marketing decision to change its postal address was one of many undertaken by UMGC to distinguish the university as one of the largest distance-education centers, with over 248,000 students enrolled worldwide in FY 2015.
- Academic Center at Largo
- Student & Faculty Services Center (SFSC) (Headquarters)
- College Park Marriott
UMGC purchased for $38 million its new headquarters building in Largo, Maryland, which was once the headquarters site for Hechinger and corporate offices of Raytheon. UMGC retrofitted its new headquarters to meet "green" building requirements for LEED certification. UMGC followed the same process as it did to achieve LEED certification in 2005 for its Inn & Conference Center, which became the first hotel complex in the United States to achieve certification as a green building.
UMGC began relocating its academic departments and offices to its new Academic Center at Largo in September 2009, and completed the process in 2010. UMGC began offering on campus classes at its new Academic Center in the Spring 2010 semester.
Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area
In the greater Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, daytime, evening and weekend classes are held at 21 locations, including holding many of its classes at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. The satellite campuses offer varying academic services, including advising, computing, and library facilities (extensive library services are available to distance education students via the University's Information and Library Services department).
UMGC operates a facility in Dorsey, Maryland adjacent to the Dorsey MARC Train Station. In partnership with Maryland community colleges and other University System of Maryland institutions, UMGC offers courses and degree programs at several higher education centers throughout the state. In conjunction with the College of Southern Maryland, it operates the Waldorf Center for Higher Education in Waldorf, Maryland. A consortium of universities led by Anne Arundel Community College, including UMGC, operates a higher education center adjacent to Arundel Mills mall in Hanover, Maryland. In addition, the University offers courses at the Universities at Shady Grove and University System of Maryland at Hagerstown, which are part of the University System of Maryland.
In Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, UMGC offers courses on military bases for service members, contractors, Federal employees, and their families. In addition to distance learning via the Web, the university offers on-site, instructor-led classes at 130 overseas US military bases in 22 countries throughout the world. Overseas instruction is coordinated through its European Division, which covers USCENTCOM installations in the Middle East, and Asian Divisions. UMGC divisional headquarters are located in Kaiserslautern, Germany (following the closure of United States Army Garrison Heidelberg) and on Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, respectively.
UMGC specializes in distance learning for adult, non-traditional students in Maryland, across the country, and around the world by operating satellite campuses and offering online instruction. In FY 2015 the university enrolled almost 52,000 active-duty service members at over 140 worldwide locations. In FY 2015, more than 32,000 Marylanders attended UMGC.
About three-quarters of the undergraduate students attend part-time. Over ninety-two percent of UMGC students are employed full-time. The majority of undergraduate students are female. The median age of stateside undergraduate students is 31. Almost two-thirds of the graduate MBA students are married, half are female, and over a third are minorities. Over a third of UMGC's stateside students were African-American, and this minority group earned over a third of the degrees awarded by the university.
UMGC was ranked #1 in The Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” list of top online and nontraditional schools. Military Times “Best for Vets” is one of the most respected and comprehensive rankings for veterans who are considering higher education. The publication looked at U.S. Department of Education statistics on student success and academic quality, as well as areas such as university culture, student support, and academic policies in evaluating hundreds of schools.
In 2011, UMGC received the Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators (CCME), a not-for-profit organization founded to promote, encourage and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the U.S. armed services. The Institution Award is given to a college or university that supplies quality education programs to the armed services. CCME selected UMGC due to its dedication, leadership and numerous accomplishments in providing quality, voluntary off-duty education programs.
|Januarius Jingwa Asongu, PhD||2002||President of Saint Monica University|||
|Scheherazade Forman||Dean of Student Development Services at Prince George's Community College|||
|James V. Green||Director of the Hinman CEOs program at the University of Maryland, College Park|||
|Emmett Paige||1972||2002 Governor appointee to the Maryland Higher Education Commission|||
|Arthur Quinn Tyler Jr.||1978||Former president of Sacramento City College|||
Arts and entertainment
|Dale Dye||United States Marine Corps retired captain and actor, most recently appearing in Larry Crowne|||
|Deanna McCray-James||2011, 2008, 2005||Mrs. District of Columbia America 2009, Mrs. Maryland United States 2005|||
|Mark Gerencser||Former Managing Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton||http://umucventures.org/our-leadership/board-of-directors/|
|Richard F. Blewitt||Co-founder of public relations firm Rowan & Blewitt and Chief Executive Officer of the Blewitt Foundation|||
|Robert Hastings||Senior Vice President of Communications for Bell Helicopter|||
|Mark P. Huston||Chief Operating Officer of Constellation Energy|
|Edward de Leon, MBA||Director of Product Development for Discovery Education and executive producer of the children's television series, Assignment Discovery|||
|Kenneth Silva||Senior Vice President for Cyber Strategy of ManTech International|||
|Robert Turner||Vice President of Business Development Initiatives for Spacenet Integrated Government Solutions, a subsidiary of Spacenet|||
Government and public policy
|Michael Tamburri||2015||Current member of the National Security Council - White House Situation Room|
|Jose Alvarado||1986||Educator and runner-up in the 2002 election for the 6th U.S. Congressional District of Texas|||
|Elizabeth Bobo||Current member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
|Frank D. Boston||Former member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
|David B. Buckley||Inspector General for the Central Intelligence Agency|||
|Donald L. Carter||Finance commissioner for the city of Frostburg|||
|Christopher Emery||Current Chief Enterprise Architect of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and former White House Usher|
|Hakan Fidan||Chief of the Turkish National Intelligence Organization|||
|Dean Fujita||2010||Engineer of Engineering, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard|
|Thomas E. Hutchins||Former Maryland State Delegate for District 28 and former Secretary of the Maryland State Police|
|Vivek Kundra||2001 (MS)||First Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States|||
|David Mitchell||Current University of Maryland, College Park chief of police and former Secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security|||
|Robert R. Neall||Former Maryland State Senator and State Delegate|
|Edward J. Perkins||19th United States Ambassador to the United Nations and former Director of the Diplomatic Corps for the United States Department of State|
|Robert A. Pullen||2012||Assistant General Counsel, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission|||
|James N. Robey||1979||State Senator, 13th District of Maryland|||
|Rory Respicio||Democratic Majority Leader for the Legislature of Guam|||
|Peggy Sherry||Chief Financial Officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security|||
|Mary Rakow Tanner||1978||Former Deputy Director of the National Zoological Park|||
|Thom Tillis||1997||Current junior United States Senator for North Carolina|
|Joseph Tydings||Former United States Attorney for Maryland|
|John William Vessey, Jr.||1963||Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired Army general|||
|Lee Whitnum||Former candidate for the United States Senate, author|||
|Ann Mohin||1976||Author of The Farm She Was|
|Stephen Moore||1990||Music writer/critic, co-author of Johnny Holliday: From Rock to Jock and Hoop Tales: Maryland Terrapins Men's Basketball|||
|Stephen J. Walker||1999||Author of A Whole New Ballgame: The 1969 Washington Senators|
|Ray Lewis||2004||former NFL football player with the Baltimore Ravens|||
|Jalen Rose||2005||former NBA player|||
|Frederick H. Bealefeld III||Former Baltimore police commissioner|||
|Barbara A. Frush||Current Maryland State Delegate for District 21|||
|Betsy Boze||Senior Fellow at the AASCU|
|Jiří Březina||Current geology professor|
|Barrie Ciliberti||Former Maryland Delegate and dean at Bowie State University|||
|Eric B. Dent||Mathematics||Complexity theory expert|
|Donald L. Graham||District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida|
|Sharon G. Hadary||Founding executive director of the Center for Women's Business Research and adjunct professor|||
|J. Greg Hanson||Computer Science and Information Technology||First Assistant Sergeant at Arms and Chief Information Officer of the United States Senate|
|Kalani Kirk Hausman||Computer Science and Information Technology||ISO, Senior Research Scientist for Cyberterrorism, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity; author of more than 25 books, including IT Architecture for Dummies|||
|Donna Leon||Author of the Brunetti series, including Death at La Fenice|||
|Patrick Mendis||Public Policy & Trade||Author of Trade for Peace and Commercial Providence|||
|Charlene R. Nunley||Former president of Montgomery College, former member of the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, and current professor|||
|Walter Ratliff||Humanities/Philosophy||Associated Press journalist|
|Arnold Resnicoff||Former U.S. Navy Chaplain and National Director of Interreligious Affairs for the American Jewish Committee|
|David P. Weber||Accounting||Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Fellow and former Assistant Inspector General for Investigations, and whistleblower, concerning the Bernard Madoff, Allen Stanford, and Cyber-compromise matters.|||
- UMGC. "Fall 2018 Fact Book" (PDF). UMUC.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "Why Choose University of Maryland Global Campus". www.umuc.edu.
- "UMUC Is Now University of Maryland Global Campus". University of Maryland Global Campus. 2019-07-01. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-08-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Ranking". www.usnews.com. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
- "University of Maryland Global Campus". www.umsa.umd.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "Accreditation | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "UMUC Celebrates 60 Years of Providing Higher Education Across the U.S. and Abroad". University of Maryland University College. 2008-10-16. Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
- Schonauer, Scott. "University bids farewell to students, Germany: UMUC graduates final class before closing its doors after 55 years". Stars and Stripes (European edition). Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- Caroline, Caroline. "Home". www.icde.org.
- "Facts at a Glance | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "What's in a Name? A Lot, Actually | UMGC". University of Maryland Global Campus. 2016. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "GAM-SB0201 Summary 2019 Regular Session". mgaleg.maryland.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
- "GAM-HB0319 Summary 2019 Regular Session". mgaleg.maryland.gov. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
- "Maryland House Bill 319 Approved by Governor".
- Lorenzo, George; Moore, Janet (November 2002). "The Sloan Consortium Report to the Nation: Five Pillars of Quality Online Education" (PDF). The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. p. 6. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- "The Undergraduate School | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "Credit for Prior Learning | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "The Graduate School | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "UMGC Downrange Locations". www.europe.umgc.edu. 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- Helderman, Rosalind S. (2008-09-04). "UMUC Snares Site in Largo For Classes, Office Space". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
- "Marriott UMUC Inn and Conference Center Announces Savings from Recycling and Composting Program". Reuters. 2009-02-20. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
- "Student services on the move: UMUC Academic Center at Largo". University of Maryland University College. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- "UMGC Locations | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "Worldwide & Regional Locations for Military | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "UMGC Locations | UMGC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "Waldorf Center for Higher Education".
- "404 - Anne Arundel Community College". www.aacc.edu. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
- "Accredited On-Site and Online University - UMUC Europe". www.ed.umuc.edu.
- "UMUC Asia - Quality academic programs for U.S. military communities". www.asia.umuc.edu.
- "Contact UMUC Europe - About Us - UMUC Europe".
- "Contact UMUC Asia Headquarters - UMUC Asia". www.asia.umuc.edu.
- "Mission and History - UMUC". www.umgc.edu. Retrieved 2019-09-30.
- "Best Colleges - Find the Best College for You - US News Education".
- "Grad Profiles - University of Maryland University College Graduate School". www.gradprofiles.com.
- "Terms of Service Violation". www.businessweek.com.
- O’Neill K. (2011, February),  “UMUC Receives 2011 Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators”, UMUC Press Release
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-02-06. Retrieved 2017-02-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Michael Vick reinstated by NFL
- Shurr, Eric (2011-01-19). "Mtech's Dr. James V. Green Wins 3E Learning Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Competition". Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
- "Learn More About the Life and Legacy of Lieutenant General Emmett Paige Jr. '72 USA (Ret)". www.umgc.edu.
- "Achiever Magazine Spring 2007". umgc.edu.
- "Dale Dye". IMDb.
- "Not Found - UMUC" (PDF). umuc.edu.[dead link]
- "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Training Firm Acquired". The New York Times. 1994-01-24.
- Foundation, The Blewitt. "Richard F. Blewitt". www.theblewittfoundation.org.
- Dolney, Tom (2010-04-14). "Bell Names New Senior VP of Communications". Archived from the original on 2010-04-18. Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- O'Neill, Kerry (2010-05-20). "UMUC Names Robert Hastings 2010 Distinguished Alumnus - UMUC". Retrieved 2010-06-21.
- "Achiever Magazine Spring 2005". umgc.edu.
- "Terms of Service Violation". investing.businessweek.com.
- "Spacenet Integrated Government Solutions Names Robert Turner to". Bloomberg.
- "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 8/5/10". 5 August 2010.
- Times-News, Cumberland. "Donny Carter seeks Frostburg finance commissioner seat".
- "Hakan Fidan steps in as new MİT head". Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- "Turkey names new undersecretary to intelligence unit - Politics - World Bulletin". Archived from the original on 2010-06-20. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
- "University of Maryland confirms Kundra's credentials -- GCN". GCN.
- "- The Diamondback". The Diamondback. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
- "Bot generated title -->". Archived from the original on 2016-01-23. Retrieved 2016-01-23.
- "James N. Robey, Maryland State Senator". www.msa.md.gov.
- "PNC News First - Guam News, Sports, and Weather". www.pacificnewscenter.com.
- "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". 17 November 2011.
- Miller, Jason (17 September 2012). "Planning, performance measures put DHS on solid financial footing". Federal News Radio. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- Cassano, Chris (Fall 2007). "Monkey Business" (PDF). The Achiever. University of Maryland University College: 6–11. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
- "The General John W. Vessey Chair in Conflict Prevention". Council on Foreign Relations.
- "The Charger Bulletin » Connecticut's Crowded Senate Primary".
- "Achiver Magazine Spring 2015". www.umgc.edu.
- "2005: DT Scholarship Winners – Jalen Joins Class of '05".
- "Baltimore cop to attend Harvard Law School".
- "Frush seeking new term". www.gazette.net.
- "Ciliberti aims to increase parents' confidence in board - The Frederick News-Post Online".
- Hadary, Sharon G. (2010-05-17). "Why Are Women-Owned Firms Smaller Than Men-Owned Ones?". The Wall Street Journal.
- "Center for Women's Business Research - History".
- "IT Architecture For Dummies:Book Information - For Dummies". www.dummies.com.
- "Death in Venice". The New York Times. 2008-05-18.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2010-06-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Inside Higher Ed's News". www.insidehighered.com.
- Matt Taibbi (November 19, 2012). "SEC Rocked By Lurid Sex-and-Corruption Lawsuit". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 10, 2013. Cite journal requires
- "Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows; David P. Weber". The Council of Independent Colleges. Archived from the original on 2014-07-26. Retrieved February 17, 2013.