UMGC General Counsel Sherri Sampson Among Women We Admire List of Top 50 Women Leaders of DC

Adelphi, Md. (June 17, 2022)—Sherri Sampson, vice president and general counsel at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), was named to the Women We Admire Top 50 Women Leaders of DC list. Women We Admire is an influential news and information website that highlights exceptional women in a variety of fields, including law, business, sports, medicine, and entertainment.

“This group of accomplished individuals dedicate themselves to the betterment of society and the organizations they serve,” said the website in announcing the list. “We recognize these trailblazers for raising the bar in their fields, paving the way for future women in their profession.”

Sampson came to UMGC in 2019 and has steadily upgraded the role of the Office of Legal Affairs in navigating the complex higher education environment, establishing a new university-wide compliance and risk management oversight function as well as leading a project to develop and implement an enhanced information governance program with a keen focus on strengthening privacy and security policies and practices at UMGC.

“I am truly honored to be recognized with such accomplished women,” said Sampson. “I am driven by serving my family, profession and community and I appreciate the recognition.”

Sampson leads a team of lawyers in providing legal advice and recommendations on student matters, human resources, state ethics, real estate and procurement, state, military and global compliance, accreditation, and state authorization, as well as key business transactions and venture opportunities. She also leads a team of compliance practitioners focused on enterprise risk, data privacy, records and policy management.

Before joining UMGC, Sampson was a chief human resources officer, general counsel, and secretary at the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and before that, a corporate and securities associate at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). Earlier in her career, she was a corporate associate with the law firm of Perkins Coie.

Sampson earned a JD from the University of Washington School of Law and an undergraduate degree in comparative area studies from Duke University.

Women We Admire covers a broad range of topics and areas of interest aimed at recognizing the achievements of exceptional women while inspiring others to aim high and continue their journey towards reaching their full potential.  Women We Admire and its affiliates circulate its content to over 32,000 individuals and businesses.

About University of Maryland Global Campus

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 125 fully online, hybrid and face-to-face programs and specializations.  

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care, and education.  UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard, and veterans.

University of Maryland Global Campus and Metropolitan Community College Establish Transfer Agreement to Accelerate Pathwayto a Bachelor’s Degree

Adelphi, Md. (June 15, 2022)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and Metropolitan Community College (MCC), the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Mo., have announced a partnership that will expand the reach of UMGC’s 90 online academic programs and increase the affordability of a bachelor’s degree to MCC’s nearly 14,000 students.

Under the alliance’s transfer agreement, students can transfer a minimum of 60 credits when they complete an associate degree and be guaranteed admission to a UMGC bachelor’s degree program in a complementary field of study.

All degree-seeking MCC students, graduates, and employees of the college, as well as their spouses and dependents who attend the college, will receive a waiver of the UMGC application fee and a discount on out-of-state tuition for most programs of study.

“We are pleased to join with Metropolitan Community College to increase access to quality online bachelor’s programs and accelerate the pathway to a four-year degree,” said Blakely Pomietto, senior vice president and chief academic officer at UMGC. “It is critical to provide a seamless process for MCC’s students to ultimately achieve their educational goals as efficiently and affordably as possible.”

UMGC has an enrollment of some 90,000 students—more than half of whom are active-duty military personnel and their families serving on military bases around the world—and offers award-winning online, in-person and hybrid programs in disciplines including biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, and information technology that are in high demand in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace. UMGC also offers cost savings through its use of digital resources, which have replaced costly publisher textbooks in most courses.

“We are excited about this new partnership with UMGC,” said Sue Gochis, chief academic officer and vice chancellor of instruction at MCC. “This relationship is completely aligned with the Metropolitan Community College mission:  Preparing students, serving communities, and creating opportunities for all.   Providing increased access to transfer opportunities is one of the ways in which we can continue to serve our students in their educational journey.”

For more information, visit the university’s national community college alliances webpage.

About University of Maryland Global Campus

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.  

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education. 

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans. 

About Metropolitan Community College

Metropolitan Community College, founded in 1915 as the Kansas City Polytechnic Institute, is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Kansas City, Mo., and was the first community college established in Missouri. The Junior College of Kansas City, as it was known starting in 1919, was one of the first schools in the country to award an associate degree. Today, MCC offers 125 associate degree and certificate programs and serves nearly 14,000 students at five campuses (MCC-Blue River, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods, MCC-Online, and MCC-Penn Valley).

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University of Maryland Global Campus Signs Agreement with NSA to Accelerate Pathways to Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees

Transfer Agreement with NSA’s National Cryptologic University Includes Discounted Tuition at UMGC

Adelphi, Md. (June __, 2022)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and the National Security Agency have signed an agreement that allows students to transfer credit earned in a range of subject areas from NSA’s National Cryptologic University (NCU) toward an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UMGC.

The new agreement will allow NCU students and those that complete the Joint Cyber Analysis Course to apply up to 45 semester hours of transfer credit from any approved college or university, military training, and other non-traditional sources toward an associate degree at UMGC. Further, UMGC may accept 90 semester hours of transfer credit from any approved college or university, military training, and other non-traditional sources toward a bachelor’s degree.

The agreement extends to NCU students seeking master’s degrees, with UMGC accepting up to 6 semester hours of credit from an approved institution toward a master’s degree, if the credits are related to a student’s program of study. The agreement also allows for a maximum of 70 semester hours that may be transferred by a NCU student, from approved two-year community colleges.

“With this agreement, a NCU student doesn’t have to worry that the credit from a highly specialized course won’t immediately transfer to UMGC and possibly delay their pursuit of a degree,” said Blakely Pomietto, UMGC’s senior vice president and chief academic officer. “By mapping NCU courses to UMGC’s curriculum and offering a tuition discount, we can save students valuable time and financial resources.”

“This articulation agreement provides additional avenues for the NSA workforce to continue their education while decreasing the time it takes for them to complete their degree,” says National Cryptologic University’s Commandant Dr. Mark Asselin. “NSA’s National Cryptologic University is proud to have an agreement with University of Maryland Global Campus that provides additional opportunities for educational development to our workforce.” 

NCU students who enroll in UMGC courses will get a discount on tuition and have access to the university’s 90+ fully online academic programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, data analytics and business. UMGC has also replaced costly textbooks with no-cost digital resources in most classes, saving students thousands of dollars over the course of their degree programs.

More information about UMGC’s transfer credit policies is available HERE.

About University of Maryland Global Campus 

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.   

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care, and education.  

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard, and veterans. 

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University of Maryland Global Campus Taps MJ Bishop to Lead New Integrative Learning Design Unit

Nationally Recognized Scholar Joins UMGC After Leading University System of Maryland’s 
William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation 

Adelphi, Md. (May 13, 2022)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has announced that MJ Bishop, Ed.D., a nationally recognized scholar and leader in the design and evaluation of effective learning environments, has been named vice president of the university’s new Integrative Learning Design unit. Dr. Bishop began her new role on April 25. 

“Dr. Bishop brings three decades of experience in learning design and an established record of impact and success to UMGC,” said Blakely Pomietto, UMGC senior vice president and chief academic officer. “She has experience both in the design and evaluation of optimally effective learning environments as well as in supporting postsecondary institutions and their faculty as they explore and adopt academic innovations aimed at improving access, affordability, and achievement for students.” 

Dr. Bishop will play a significant role in continuing UMGC’s shift to a more collaborative and holistic approach to defining, designing, and solutioning for a range of learning and learner experiences. She has a long history of collaboration with UMGC and a broad and deep understanding of the institution and the higher education landscape.  

“I am excited and honored to be leading this new unit, which will bring together UMGC’s faculty, students, learning design professionals, assessment experts, and data analysts through a collaborative design process that signifies an exciting change in how we operate and what we are offering our students,” said Bishop. “We are combining the best of what we know from subject-matter experts, the learning sciences, design research, data analytics, and the affordances of emerging technologies to create and continuously improve online courses and programs.” 

In 2013, Dr. Bishop joined the University System of Maryland (USM) Office of Academic and Student Affairs as the inaugural director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, subsequently serving as assistant and later associate vice chancellor and introducing new ways of thinking about student success, equity, and inclusion across the 12 USM institutions.  

Dr. Bishop began her academic career at Lehigh University’s College of Education, where she taught for 13 years in the graduate Learning Sciences and Technology program, while exploring how cognitive processing, motivation, affect, aesthetics, group structure, communication, and systems theories inform our understanding of instructional message design and research on best design practice. 

Dr. Bishop graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and English and holds a master’s degree in English from Millersville University and a doctorate in instructional design and development from Lehigh University. 

About University of Maryland Global Campus 

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.   

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education.  

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans. 

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University of Maryland Global Campus Names Dr. Pam Carter Dean of the School of Business

Adelphi, Md. (May 12, 2022)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has appointed Pam Carter, PhD, dean and vice president of the School of Business. She began her new position on April 11.

Carter brings more than 20 years of higher education leadership experience to the position—having served in both administrative and faculty roles at various institutions—along with industry operations experience in the private sector.

She served most recently as dean of business and technology at the Community College of Philadelphia, and prior to that as assistant dean and director of curriculum development in the School of Business and Technology Management at Northcentral University in California. She served on the faculty of North Carolina A&T State University—as an associate professor and as chair of the Department of Management—and on the faculty of Florida State University, the University of Oklahoma and Northern Virginia Community College.

“Throughout her career, Dr. Carter has focused on success initiatives that include all students and has collaborated with faculty, staff and other stakeholders to expand opportunities for underserved populations, working to ensure equitable access and inclusive practices,” said UMGC Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Blakely Pomietto. “We are delighted to welcome her to the UMGC community.”

Said Carter, “This is exactly where I want to be during this pivotal time of change in the higher education landscape. We have a dynamic team in the School of Business, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students and university leadership as we continue the legacy of academic innovation at UMGC.”

Carter holds a Bachelor of Individualized Studies from George Mason University, an MBA from University of Maryland, College Park, and a PhD in Business Administration with concentrations in management information systems and organizational behavior from Florida State University. 

“It is worth noting that Dr. Carter earned all three degrees as an adult learner,” said Pomietto, “which grants her a unique and personal perspective on our mission and the challenges facing our students.”

Carter also maintains professional certifications in human resource management, information systems and project management, as well as a certificate in online education design and delivery from the Sloan Consortium. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including MIS Quarterly, Journal of Organizational and End User-Computing and Communications of the ACM.

“I am excited and honored to serve as vice president and dean of the UMGC School of Business. The opportunity to serve working adults, military servicemembers and their families, and veterans in the U.S. and around the world is a real privilege,” Carter said. 

About University of Maryland Global Campus

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.  

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education. 

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans. 

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Community College of Baltimore County Partners with University of Maryland Global Campus in Dual Admission Program

Adelphi, Md. (May 11, 2022)Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) has partnered with University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) to create the Degrees to Succeed Dual Admission Program, in which students are simultaneously admitted to both CCBC and UMGC. Under the new program, those students who complete an associate degree transfer credit seamlessly toward a bachelor’s degree at UMGC. The two institutions held a signing ceremony today on the CCBC campus.

The Degrees to Succeed program complements UMGC’s existing Maryland Completion Scholarship program, which allows Maryland community college graduates to transfer to UMGC and earn a bachelor’s degree for $12,000 or less.

“We are excited to partner with UMGC to give CCBC students this wonderful opportunity to fast track their educational goals,” said CCBC President Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis. “With the dual admission program, students who graduate from CCBC will be halfway toward their bachelor’s degree, and they will have access to both colleges’ resources along the way to help them succeed.”

Benefits of dual admission include acceptance of all CCBC transfer credits; co-advising with UMGC advisors to ensure CCBC courses align with the chosen UMGC program; and access to UMGC’s lifetime career services and library resources, including research help, guides, and writing and citation tutorials.UMGC also waives the $50 application fee for undergraduate transfer students enrolled at CCBC.

“Community college students are consistently shown to be high performers, and this new program builds on a proven—and affordable—pathway for CCBC students to transfer credit and continue their progress toward a bachelor’s degree at UMGC,” said Dr. Gregory Fowler, president of UMGC. “Knowing from the start that you have already been accepted to UMGC and have a scholarship that reduces the cost of a four-year degree can provide great momentum toward completion.”

UMGC was recently recognized by U.S. News Short List as the top university in the nation for transfer students. UMGC enrolled more than 9,500 new transfers in fall 2020. Even more, it has a 100 percent acceptance rate, compared with 65 percent for higher education as a whole.

For more information or to contact an admissions counselor, visit University of Maryland Global Campus Transfer Programs (ccbcmd.edu).

About the Community College of Baltimore County (www.ccbcmd.edu)

Since 1957, CCBC has opened the doors to accessible, affordable, high-quality education empowering generations of area residents to transform their lives and the lives of others. Each year, nearly 50,000 students enroll at the college’s main campuses, extension centers and online to make their starts, earn degrees, launch and build careers. CCBC offers the region’s most expansive selection of degree, certificate and workplace certification programs that prepare students for transfer, job entry and career advancement in such industries as business, education, health care, information technology, cybersecurity, construction, and transportation. Designated as the “Best Community College” among the Maryland Daily Record’s 2021 Reader Rankings, CCBC is also nationally recognized as a leader in innovative learning strategies and among the nation’s top associate degree producers.

About University of Maryland Global Campus 

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.   

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education.  

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans. 

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University of Maryland Global Campus’s Innovative In-Person “Grad Walk” to Recognize More Than 3,600 Graduates from Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022, May 16-22

Some 1,700 Graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 to Return for Recognition

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has announced Spring Grad Walk 2022, an innovative in-person and online experience designed to accommodate thousands of graduates and guests while protecting the health and safety of the university community.  

The UMGC Class of 2022 will be joined by graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 the week of May 16–22 for the university’s first in-person graduation celebration in more than two years. More than 3,600 graduates have registered to attend, including some 1,700 from the classes of 2020 and 2021.  

The event will take place at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, with graduates selecting from multiple time slots to cross the stage and receive individual recognition.  

Special features of Spring Grad Walk 2022 include:  

  • Each graduate’s name will be called as they cross a formal commencement stage in regalia  
      
  • Family members and friends can cheer their graduate from a viewing area directly in front of the stage  
      
  • Professional photographers will be on site to take photos as each graduate crosses the stage, along with individual and group photos before and after recognition  
      
  • Each graduate will receive a video clip of themselves crossing the stage to keep as a memento and share online  
      
  • Graduates may take photos and selfies on UMGC’s beautiful grounds and at photo stations decorated with the colors of UMGC and the state of Maryland  
      
  • Graduates can commemorate their achievements with family and friends in a special Celebration Zone, where they can meet UMGC faculty, staff, and Alumni Association representatives and purchase UMGC Alumni apparel, gear and other mementos.  

Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, UMGC has conducted its commencements online to help protect the health and safety of students, guests, faculty, and staff. This year, a special website has been created for the Class of 2022 that includes an on-demand ceremony with presentations by speakers, the formal conferral of degrees by UMGC President Gregory Fowler, a keynote address from UMGC alumna Ginger Miller, and an online “Gallery of Graduates” showcasing graduates’ personalized recognition slides that can be shared via social media or e-mail.  

Graduates in the Class of 2022 have received a mailed Grad Pack containing UMGC ‘swag’ to help jump-start the festivities. They are encouraged to share their achievements with fellow graduates via social media using #UMGCGrad.  

A profile of the UMGC FY2022 graduates: 

  • Number of graduates: 13,685 
  • Average age: 35 
  • Oldest graduate: 78 
  • Youngest graduate: 19 
  • Graduates come from all 50 states, four U.S territories and 20 countries 
  • Degrees awarded: 
  • Associate: 2,426 
  • Bachelor’s: 7,278 
  • Master’s: 3,980  
  • Doctorate: 34 

UMGC also conducts graduation ceremonies for military servicemembers and dependents overseas in Germany, Japan, Korea and Guam.  

About University of Maryland Global Campus 

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.   

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education.  

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans. 

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University System of Maryland Board of Regents Recognizes UMGC Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching, Public Service

Professors Celeste McCarty and Sabrina Fu, Ph.D., Honored

Adelphi, Md. (April 29, 2022)—The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents today honored 17 members of its faculty at institutions across the system–including two from University of Maryland Global Campus–with 2022 USM Regents’ Faculty Awards.

UMGC’s Celeste McCarty, professor of psychology, was honored with the “Excellence in Teaching” award, while Sabrina Fu, Ph.D., collegiate professor and program director for Environmental Science and Management, was recognized with the “Excellence in Public Service” award.

“It is a pleasure every year to recognize these outstanding faculty members,” USM Board of Regents Chair Linda R. Gooden said. “I am especially grateful for their dedication throughout the many phases of the pandemic and pleased we can plan to recognize them in person, thanks to the work our campuses have done to keep their communities safe.”

Each award carries a $2,000 prize provided by the institutions and the University System of Maryland Foundation.

“The bedrock of the University System’s quality, its prominence, its power to transform lives and change the world is, quite simply, our faculty,” said USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman. “It’s a privilege to be able to honor them and celebrate what they make possible every day—possible for each individual student and for the body of scholarship that advances our progress and deepens our humanity.”

Celeste McCarty

Professor McCarty has taught for UMGC in the U.S. and on military bases in Asia. According to her nomination, McCarty’s approach to teaching is characterized by her use of real-world examples to bring the classroom to life.  Her classroom management style is defined by her responsiveness, actively engaging with students to ensure their development, progress, and success.

Her nominating letter also notes that McCarty focuses on discussions and assignments that help develop advanced critical thinking skills, psychological and clinical skills, and sound research methodology. She helps students become good consumers of information.

McCarty has received numerous awards for her teaching, including the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Award, the highest recognition awarded at UMGC for excellence in teaching.

Dr. Sabrina Fu

According to Dr. Fu’s nomination, she is the founder and inaugural regional coordinator of the Howard County Citizens Climate Lobby chapter, where she focuses on issues related to growth and environmental science-related service. She organizes public events, meetings, and presentations, as well as opportunities to lobby public officials. She is also a coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Citizens’ Climate Education, where she helps to empower diverse voices to talk to Congress about solutions to address climate change. She also is a Watershed Steward for Howard County.

Dr. Fu is a recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s prestigious People, Prosperity, and the Planet award, where she was recognized for using her environmental science expertise and her passion for community engagement to make the community a better place.

The USM Regents’ Faculty Awards are the highest honor presented by the board to exemplary faculty members. In addition to teaching and public service, the awards honor excellence in mentoring, research, scholarship or creative activity, and innovation.

About University of Maryland Global Campus

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.  

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education. 

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans. 

UMGC President Gregory W. Fowler Named to The Daily Record’s Power 30 Higher Education List for Second Consecutive Year

Maryland’s influential newspaper for business, legal and government leaders has published its Power 30 Higher Education List for the second consecutive year, and once again UMGC President Gregory W. Fowler is among those in this prestigious group. 

“Maryland has justly earned a reputation as home to some of the finest institutions of higher education in the nation,” The Daily Record said in announcing its list. “The men and women who make up our second annual Power 30 Higher Education List are among the reasons why. They are presidents and other senior administrators leading their colleges and universities, policymakers charting a course for the future, advocates striving to improve access and equity and faculty members on the cutting edge of research and the liberal arts.” 

Fowler is a nationally recognized scholar and leader in developing innovative learning models and experiences for adult and nontraditional populations, as well as a highly sought-after speaker at national and international conferences. 

He began his tenure as president of UMGC in January 2021, and has led several major initiatives, including the implementation of a success coach model that provides each student with consistent support throughout their academic career at UMGC, that have built on the university’s deep history of innovation in serving adults in the workforce and in the military in Maryland and around the world. 

Fowler’s commitment to meeting students where they are and providing quality academic programs, as well as wrap-around services from admission to graduation and beyond, is transforming the university at a time of revolutionary change in higher education and the devastating economic impact of the global coronavirus pandemic on all levels of education. 

In the newspaper’s Power 30 Higher Ed profile of Fowler, he was asked to identify the most important thing he does in his job. His response: “Create an environment where our team members can remove barriers and create pathways for students to succeed who have not always had access to opportunity—which in turn can transform lives, communities, and our world.”  

Fowler was also asked if he had a significant mentor in his life, and what he learned from that person. Fowler said it wasn’t a single person. “My family as a whole has taught me to endure, accepting success and failure with grace and humility,” he said.

This list was chosen by the newspaper’s editorial team, who also reached out to readers and others for input and perspective. According to the newspaper, they “explored how these leaders view the higher education landscape, how it now exists and what it may look like in the future. And we’ve tried to provide a glimpse into the kind of people they are, what drives them to excel, to serve, to teach.”

University of Maryland Global Campus and College of Lake County Establish Transfer Agreement to Accelerate Pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree

Adelphi, Md. (April 28, 2022)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and the College of Lake County in Illinois (CLC), a community college located in suburban Chicago, have announced a partnership that will expand the reach of UMGC’s 90 online academic programs and increase the affordability of a bachelor’s degree to CLC’s 14,000 students.

Under the alliance’s transfer agreement, students can transfer a minimum of 60 credits when they complete an associate’s degree and be guaranteed admission to a UMGC bachelor’s degree program in a complementary field of study.

“Our partnerships with four-year colleges help students continue their educational journey,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick. “Online programs like UMGC allow students to stay in Lake County and give them the flexibility they need to set their own time for learning. UMCG’s commitment to military students aligns with College of Lake County’s focus on the veteran student population.”

All degree-seeking CLC students, graduates, and employees of the college, as well as their spouses and dependents who attend the college, will receive a waiver of the UMGC application fee and a discount on out-of-state tuition for most programs of study.

“We are extremely proud to join with College of Lake County to increase access to quality online bachelor’s programs and accelerate the pathway to a four-year degree,” said Gregory Fowler, president of UMGC. “It is critical to provide a seamless process for community college students to ultimately achieve their educational goals as efficiently and affordably as possible.”

UMGC has an enrollment of some 90,000 students, more than half of whom are active-duty military personnel and their families serving on military bases around the world. CLC offers veteran student services that provides individualized care to maximize the use of qualifying benefits and credits for military experience and training.

UMGC offers award-winning online programs in disciplines including biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, and information technology that are in high demand in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace. UMGC also offers cost savings through its use of digital resources, which have replaced costly publisher textbooks in most courses.

For more information, visit the university’s national community college alliances webpage.

About University of Maryland Global Campus

Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 90 fully online and hybrid programs and specializations.  

UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care and education. 

UMGC now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of the university’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard and veterans. 

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.

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