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|University of Maryland University College (1947–2019)|
|Chief Academic Officer||Blakely Pomietto|
|Colors||Yellow, Black and Red|
The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC, formerly University of Maryland University College) is a public university in Adelphi, Maryland. It is the largest institution in the University System of Maryland. Established in 1947, UMGC offers online, hybrid and face-to-face instruction at education centers across the Washington–Baltimore metropolitan area, throughout Maryland, and across the world.
UMGC serves approximately 86,000 students worldwide and is the largest online public university in U.S. UMGC is open to all applicants for undergraduate programs, and is among the top 10 recipients of the federal G.I. Bill benefits. The university offers 125 academic programs in online, hybrid and face-to-face classes, including bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. UMGC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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 was a founding 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 2023 UMGC has more than 175 classroom and service locations on military installations and other education centers throughout the U.S., Europe, 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.
Known as University of Maryland University College up until 2019, it 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 within 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 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." 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.
UMGC is one of the largest online public universities in the United States. Courses are delivered in online, hybrid and face-to-face formats. 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.
Schools within UMGC
The School of Integrative and Professional Studies
The School of Business
The School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology
UMGC offers more than 30 bachelor's degree programs and undergraduate certificates, awarded in cybersecurity, biotechnology, business management, computers/information technology, communications, criminal justice/legal studies, and social sciences. Undergraduate students can earn credit through coursework and prior-learning programs, which recognize professional and workplace experience, including military service.
Military Base Deployed locations
UMGC offers face-to-face courses and support in Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Guam, Japan, Okinawa, Singapore, South Korea, Diego Garcia, Spain.
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.
UMGC retrofitted its headquarters in Adelphi, Md, 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.
Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area
In the greater Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, classes are held at 20 locations, including on the campus of University of Maryland, College Park. The satellite campuses offer varying academic services, including advising and computer labs.
UMGC operates a facility in Dorsey Station (Md) 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. It also offers classes and advising services at the College of Southern 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 and/or services at 175 overseas US military bases in 20 countries throughout the world. Overseas instruction is coordinated through its Europe Division, which covers USCENTCOM installations in the Middle East, and Asia Division. 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 education centers and offering online instruction. In FY 2023 the university enrolled almost 53,000 military-affiliated students from around the world. In FY 2023, 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.
Rankings and awards
UMGC was ranked #1 in The Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” list of top online and nontraditional schools in 2015. Military Times “Best for Vets” is one of the most respected and comprehensive rankings for veterans who are considering higher education.[according to whom?] 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||2002||President of Saint Monica University|||
|Scheherazade Forman||Dean of Student Development Services at Prince George's Community College|||
|Arthur Quinn Tyler Jr.||1978||Former president of Sacramento City College|||
Arts and entertainment
|Dale Dye||United States Marine Corps retired captain and actor.|||
|Deanna McCray-James||2011, 2008, 2005||Mrs. District of Columbia America 2009, Mrs. Maryland United States 2005|||
|Robert Hastings||Senior Vice President of Communications for Bell Helicopter|||
|Jeffrey O||Business executive and writer|
Government and public policy
|Elizabeth Bobo||Former member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
|Frank D. Boston||Former member of the Maryland House of Delegates|
|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|||
|Michael A. Grinston||16th and current Sergeant Major of the Army|
|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|
|James N. Robey||1979||State Senator, 13th District of Maryland|||
|Rory Respicio||Democratic Majority Leader for the Legislature of Guam|||
|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|||
|Ray Lewis||2004||former NFL football player with the Baltimore Ravens|||
|Jalen Rose||2005||former NBA player and current broadcaster on ESPN|||
|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|
|J. Greg Hanson||Computer Science and Information Technology||First Assistant Sergeant at Arms and Chief Information Officer of the United States Senate|
|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.|||
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