|University of Maryland
|President||Susan C. Aldridge|
|Provost||Greg von Lehmen (acting)|
|Location||Adelphi, Maryland, United States
|Colors||Navy and Goldenrod|
The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is located in the unincorporated community of Adelphi in Prince George's County, Maryland in the United States. Serving over 90,000 students worldwide, UMUC is the second-largest 4-year public university in Maryland and one of the largest distance learning universities. The university offers 120 academic programs in instructor-led and online classes, including bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. UMUC is a member of the University System of Maryland, which includes eleven public universities in Maryland.
UMUC is an outgrowth of the University of Maryland's evening program for adults that 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, but in 1988, it became a part of the University System of Maryland.
UMUC formerly had an international campus in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany (near Stuttgart) until 2001. It also ran a 2-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 Associates degree and served mainly high school graduate children of U.S. military and government personnel stationed in Europe.
UMUC offers courses on over 150 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 2007, UMUC's overseas divisions offered on-site classes in 22 countries throughout the world, enrolling 16,908 and 21,554 individual students, respectively through its Asia and Europe divisions, including the Middle East.
UMUC is a college in the traditional American sense of the word, albeit one associated with a university. Hence, "University College." The "University of Maryland" prefix indicates the historical entity to which the college originally belonged. In the university's name, "University College" represents "the specialized concentration on profession development," while "University of Maryland" represents the affiliation of the university with the University System of Maryland. To American ears, the words "university" and "college" may sound synonymous, and a "University College" would be redundant. Among the collegiate universities of Europe, however, the practice of giving one college in the university the name "University College" is not uncommon. In England, for example, one of the 39 colleges of the University of Oxford is called University College.
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, the chancellor persuaded the Board of Regents to change the name to University of Maryland University College, adopting the "University College" from the British system to depict an educational institution that offers "courses and programs from all academic departments outside the university's walls and normal class times." UMUC is no longer affiliated directly with the University of Maryland, College Park, but rather a separate co-equal institution within the University System of Maryland.
UMUC is one of the largest public 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 Internet, UMUC was a distance education pioneer and offered distance learning using its WebTycho interface by way of dial-up access. UMUC later adopted the use of the Internet for connectivity to its online classrooms, as well as using television and correspondence courses to deliver course content.
The School of Undergraduate Studies offers 32 bachelor's degree programs and 48 undergraduate certificates, which are 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 Cooperative Education and Prior Learning programs. The Undergraduate program serves as a continuation of the Community Colleges of Maryland and elsewhere. The Cooperative Education and Prior Learning programs offer an escalated degree option, accepted by UMUC as credit towards a degree at UMUC, but are not recognized by other 4 year institutions as accredited programs and as such are not transferable to other organizations.
The Graduate School of Management & Technology offers 18 master's degree programs, 38 graduate certificates, and a Doctor of Management. Most graduate programs are available in both classroom and online formats. Several master's degrees are available in an accelerated Executive format.
UMUC offers face-to-face courses and support in both Afghanistan and Iraq. UMUC deploys both faculty members and staff members to bases throughout Afghanistan and Iraq to support the war-fighters on those bases. UMUC has accompanied the war-fighters in downrange locations since the Army gave them clearance in 2005.
Currently, UMUC offers courses and services at the four main Army Education Centers, located in Bagram Air Field, Kabul (Camp Phoenix), Salerno and Kandahar. Bagram Air Field is the largest site in Afghanistan, with about 275 active enrollments each session, and up to twenty face-to-face courses. All four sites have collegiate professors and Field Representatives stationed on them to assist soldiers, airmen, Marines, and sailors with UMUC's programs and courses.
Field Representatives, commonly referred to as Field Reps, deploy with faculty members to help promote and facilitate UMUC's program at each site. Field Reps assist students with enrollment, tuition assistance, and textbook sales, as well as guidance and assistance with academic goals and careers. The Field Rep is also responsible for the local program, to include marketing and maintaining relationships with military personnel.
Faculty members assigned to a downrange location teach servicemembers wherever they may be. Classroom space is limited in Afghanistan, and faculty members teach their classes anywhere they can, to include hangars, unit conference rooms, dining facilities, even chapels and picnic benches. Faculty members, known and referred to as instructors, also assist the Field Rep located where they are in assisting students and promoting classes and programs.
UMUC has recently made an entrance into the Iraq Theater of Operations. Field Reps Stacey Tate and Danny Powers and Faculty have traveled from Germany to Baghdad and Balad to offer classes to servicemembers stationed in and around Baghdad. November 2008 marks the beginning of UMUC's support in Iraq, and classes will be starting in December 2008 and January 2009.
The headquarters for UMUC is located in Adelphi, Maryland near the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park. Until late 2000, UMUC's headquarters was listed in College Park, Maryland. In an attempt to establish its own identity as an independent university and move away from the common notion of serving as the "Night School" for non-traditional students, UMUC changed its postal address to Adelphi, Maryland, 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 UMUC to distinguish the university as one of the largest distance-education centers, with over 90,000 students enrolled worldwide.
UMUC purchased for $38 million its new headquarters building in Largo, Maryland, which was once the headquarters site for Hechinger and corporate offices of Raytheon. UMUC retrofitted its new headquarters to meet "green" building requirements for LEEDS certification as it did to achieve LEEDS 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.
During September 2009, UMUC began relocating most of its academic departments and offices to its new Academic Center at Largo, with the Office of Career Services and Office of Student Accounts remaining at the Student & Faculty Services Center in Adelphi, Maryland. UMUC plans to offer on campus classes at its new Academic Center beginning with its Spring 2010 semester.
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. 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).
UMUC operates a facilitates in Dorsey, Maryland adjacent to the Dorsey MARC Train Station. In partnership with Maryland community colleges and other University System of Maryland institutions, UMUC 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 UMUC, 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, UMUC 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 150 overseas US military bases in 22 countries throughout the world. Overseas instruction is coordinated through its European, which covers USCENTCOM installations in the Middle East, and Asian Divisions. UMUC divisional headquarters are located in Heidelberg, Germany near United States Army Garrison Heidelberg and on Yokota Air Base, Tokyo, Japan, respectively.
UMUC 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. More specifically, the university educates 60,000 active-duty service members at over twenty locations worldwide. In fall 2007, 19,581 Marylanders attended UMUC. In FY2007, about two-thirds of all UMUC students are enrolled online.
About three quarters of the undergraduate students attend part-time. Over ninety-two percent of UMUC 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 UMUC's stateside students were African-American, and this minority group earned over a third of the degrees awarded by the university.