University of Maryland Global Campus Selected as Partnership School to Help Launch the U.S. Naval Community College

UMGC to Take Part in Pilot Project to Inform Course Design, Student Support Services and Transfer Credit Policies

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 24)—The newly formed U.S. Naval Community College (USNCC) announced today that University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is one of five institutions chosen to participate in a six-month pilot program to gather data and inform the USNCC’s development as it prepares to welcome its first students. The pilot program will be conducted from January to June 2021.Continue Reading

UMGC Takes Home First and Third Place in MAGIC International Capture the Flag Competition

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 17, 2020)—On Saturday, Nov. 7, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) cybersecurity competition teams claimed 1st and 3rd place, as well as three additional top 20 places, in the Ninth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) Competition, a capture-the-flag (CTF) event that included more than 190 students across the United States and Estonia.Continue Reading

UMGC to Host Veterans Day Virtual Ceremony, Nov. 11

“This Veterans Day, whether you celebrate it solemnly or festively, please take a moment to remember those men and women who have worn the uniform of this nation throughout its history,” said Major General Milo Miles (U.S. Army, Ret.), senior vice president of Global Military Operations at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC.) “It is a privilege to serve them and an honor to serve beside you.”

Miles’ remarks are a fitting conclusion to a compelling, personal reflection about his family’s history of military service, including his father’s service in three conflicts, beginning in Japan with the U.S. Army’s occupation forces at the end of World War II.Continue Reading

Retiring UMGC President Javier Miyares Tapped by USM Chancellor to Advise System Schools on Growing Demand for Distance Education During COVID-19 Crisis

University of Maryland Global Campus President Javier Miyares, who announced in July that he would be retiring after eight years at the helm, has been tapped by University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman, M.D., to assume a new advisory role focused on the System’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. In this capacity, he will advise on analytics and efforts to respond to the growing demand for distance education. He will work with the presidents of sister institutions and their respective academic teams to assess and improve the digital curriculum System-wide.

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“When I assumed the role of chancellor, I knew that Javier was eager to begin his retirement after an incredible tenure as UMGC president—and yet he agreed to stay on another 10 months,” said Perman. Javier’s new role will better allow System leaders to tap his considerable expertise and improve remote learning across the USM. The pandemic has reinforced how vital it is that students benefit from a high-quality online education—and I’m deeply grateful that President Miyares will remain to advance our work in this area.”

Commenting on moving up his departure from UMGC, Miyares, a self-described “data guy,” said this new role is in many ways a perfect fit. “I am grateful to Chancellor Perman for this opportunity to both step back from day-to-day institutional responsibilities and yet remain focused on the educational needs of students in our wonderful system—particularly those students who would be unable to access postsecondary education without new and innovative delivery methods.”

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Perman has tapped Lawrence E. Leak, Ph.D., a highly regarded leader in Maryland higher education, to serve as interim president of UMGC while the search continues for a permanent replacement. Leak is currently secretary of the board of trustees at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

In a distinguished career, Leak has served on the faculties of Towson University and Morgan State University and, from 2003 to 2007, was vice provost and chief academic officer at UMGC, which was then known as University of Maryland University College. 

Said Leak, in reflecting on the opportunities ahead, “I am excited to once again join a global community that is so devoted to the needs of adult students and so focused on providing them with both an exceptional educational experience and outstanding support.”

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University of Maryland Global Campus Among Region’s “Most Innovative Schools” in U.S. News “Best Colleges” Rankings

Ranking Based on Survey of Peers at Other Institutions in the Region

Adelphi, Md. (Sept. 18, 2020)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) ranks in the top 10 of “Most Innovative Schools” among Regional Universities—North, in the popular U.S. News “Best Colleges” issue released this week. UMGC, the nation’s largest online public university, was #9 in the ranking, which is based on a survey of leaders at other institutions in the region.Continue Reading

UMGC Joins Papa John’s Dough & Degrees Affordable Education Tuition Assistance Program

Adelphi, Md. (July 27.2020)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) announced today it has teamed up with Papa John’s International. Inc., in a new education alliance with the company’s best-in-class “Dough & Degrees” tuition assistance program.Continue Reading

University of Maryland Global Campus and Goodwin House Incorporated Establish Education Alliance

Alliance Expands Affordability of College Education for Goodwin House Employees

Adelphi, Md. And Alexandria, Va. (July 20, 2020)— University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and Goodwin House Incorporated (GHI) announced today a new education alliance that expands the affordability of college degrees for nearly 1,000 senior living and health care employees in Northern Virginia. The alliance brings together UMGC’s pioneering online degree programs and commitment to low cost, accessible higher education and GHI’s commitment to expanding support for staff that want to grow their skills and credentials. Through its two Life Plan Communities, Goodwin House at Home “age in place” program and health services that support older adults across Northern Virginia, GHI serves 2,000 older adults annually.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: One for the History Books, A Conversation with Ken Burns on a Turbulent 2020

Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker Joins Journalist Marvin Kalb to Offer Context and Perspective on the Pandemic, Protests and Politics in America at National Press Club Livestream Event, July 27

Adelphi, Md. (July 16, 2020)—Ken Burns, the Emmy-Award winning documentarian, is known for illuminating American life through renowned films including “Country Music,” “The Civil War,” “Jazz,” “The Statue of Liberty,” “The Vietnam War,” and “Baseball.” By chronicling seminal moments in our country’s past, he has provided context and perspective on many of the unprecedented cultural, political and racial challenges we face today. Burns has also created a web page – UNUM – to explore the intersection of current events and history.Continue Reading

A Message from UMGC President Javier Miyares on Equality and Justice

I am writing to you today with a heavy heart. In a nation and world made fearful and uncertain by a deadly pandemic, recent events have cast a light on an equally insidious threatone that strikes at the very foundations of our democracy.

The tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd—and the civil unrest that has followedis the latest in a devastating series of reminders that we are and must remain vigilant stewards of an America and world marked by peace and justice for all.

Our future depends on our willingness to model principled leadership; to stand united in opposition to discrimination, whether blatant or covert; and to shun all who seek to divide us, even as we embrace a vision of our world made brighter by shared opportunity.

These principleare fundamental to our mission at UMGC. They are what I cherish most about our university, and they underscore the importance of the work we do every day.

Please join me in pledging to be an advocate always for hope, for opportunity and equalityfor justice and peace. Thank you.

Javier Miyares
President
University of Maryland Global Campus