University of Maryland Global Campus and Community College of Philadelphia Establish Guaranteed Transfer Admission Agreement to Accelerate Pathway to a Bachelor’s Degree

Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 22, 2021)—University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), the nation’s largest public online university, and the Community College of Philadelphia, the city’s largest public institution of higher learning, 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 the community college’s more than 22,000 students.

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

“Community College of Philadelphia is excited to officially announce our dual admissions transfer agreement with the University of Maryland Global Campus,” said College President Dr. Donald “Guy” Generals. “Since increasing the availability of online courses, we have found that many of our students prefer the added flexibility and convenience that virtual learning offers. This partnership with UMGC will allow these same students to pursue a bachelor’s degree from a first-class institution at their own pace and on their own time.”

All degree-seeking Community College of Philadelphia 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 the Community College of Philadelphia 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’s vitally important 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 more than 90,000 students, more than half of whom are active-duty military personnel and their families serving on military bases around the world.

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

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2022, University of Maryland Global Campus is a world leader in innovative educational models with award-winning online programs in biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, information technology, and other high-demand disciplines in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace. With an enrollment of some 90,000 students, UMGC offers open access with a global footprint and a specific mission—to meet the learning needs of students whose responsibilities may include jobs, family, and military service. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs, including doctoral programs. A pioneer in distance education since 1947, UMGC is harnessing the power of learning science and technology to deliver accessible high quality, low-cost higher education.

About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 28,000 students annually. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu.

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Community College Alliances Take UMGC Across the Country

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has taken its long-tested success with online learning on the road, giving community college students in a growing number of states access to its degree programs. The goal? To entrench UMGC as the country’s most transfer-friendly university for adult learners.

UMGC’s most recent alliances are with community college systems in California and Kentucky, as well as the citywide community college network in Philadelphia. Talks are underway with community colleges in Texas, Chicago, and South Florida, and additional collaborations are expected to be announced in the months ahead.

“UMGC is an institution built specifically for adult learners in the design of the curriculum and in the way courses are laid out, including the assignments in those courses,” said Chris Motz, UMGC vice president for academic outreach and corporate alliances. “We offer seamless transfer for community college students, and the courses are all engineered for people who likely have a lot of other commitments outside of going to school.”

The terms of the community college agreements give students with associate degrees guaranteed admission to UMGC programs, along with the assurance that their academic credits will transfer. The partnerships also provide financial incentives. Community college students—as well as community college faculty and staff and members of their immediate families—are eligible for a 25 percent cut in tuition. Enrollment application fees are waived. And since electronic learning materials are used in most UMGC courses, there typically are no textbooks to buy.

The opportunity for assessment for prior learning, already familiar to UMGC’s military students and Maryland community college transfer students, have been built into the agreements. Students who qualify for those credits have additional opportunities to shorten the time and investment needed to earn a UMGC degree.

“These students may come from a workplace where there was a formal training program that might not be recognized outside their company, but there is learning and experiences and skills from within that training that can be applied to our learning pathways,” Motz said.

The scope and flexibility of UMGC’s program offerings are also a draw for community college students. The university’s most flexible degree program, the new Bachelor of Science in General Studies, allows students to craft an interdisciplinary degree that stretches across disciplines. In addition to bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, there are multiple certificate options.

Motz said another plus is UMGC’s focus on preparing students for the workplace of the future. Cyberscurity, informational technology, and data analytics programs, in particular, hold interest for students in the geographic areas where UMGC has already forged alliances.

“We build curriculum around industry skills that are in demand,” Motz explained.

Carla Jones, UMGC director of career development and outplacement services, said the workplace advantages don’t end with a UMGC degree. The university also offers lifelong career services to its students and alumni, including recruiting events, career-development webinars, online interview tools, a job board and one-on-one sessions with career advisers—via video, email or phone.

“Once community college students are enrolled at UMGC, they have automatic access to the university’s career services—for their lifetime. That includes links to improve resumes and optimize LinkedIn profiles, as well as a repository of career-focused blogs, videos and webinars. They have access to virtual career fairs, assessment tools and links to practice interviews,” Jones said.

Jones noted that UMGC had a history of holding both in-person career events in Maryland and virtual events. Since the pandemic, it has focused on virtual events to enable the participation of students, alumni and employers across the country.

“What makes us unique is that we had virtual career supports in place even before the pandemic. We have been operating in a virtual environment for a long time, and all our resources are online and virtually accessible 24/7,” Jones said. “We also have a feature that enables students to find mentors and conduct informational interviews with people working in their field. And our platform carries posts about job openings that are national and, even sometimes, worldwide.”

Jones noted that while many universities focus on luring big-name companies to campus, UMGC connects with a spectrum of employers, large and small, across a range of industries.

Although many community colleges have transfer agreements with public universities in their own states, the shift to virtual classrooms during the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up interest in out-of-state institutions with flexible online academic programs. Motz called UMGC’s reputation “a differentiator” for community college networks that are “very discerning about who they partner with.”

“The UMGC experience is rich and personalized. The support that UMGC students receive is part of the advantage for students who come to our school,” said Motz. “They receive an online education that delivers a quality curriculum.”

The community college push is the latest element in UMGC’s strategy to meet students where they are, with the right programs at the right time. It springboards from military members’ familiarity with its programs.

“Our strategy is to look at institutions that are large and that have a significant number of military-affiliate students,” Motz explained. “These are communities where we already have a physical presence, and our reputation is known among military students.”

Motz said UMGC is leveraging the expertise of its military education coordinators, who are now visiting community colleges near military education facilities.

University of Maryland Global Campus Establishes Alliance with California Community Colleges to Increase Bachelor’s Degree Pathways for Some Two Million Students

Adelphi, Md. (Oct. 26, 2021)–University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) have announced a transfer partnership that will expand the reach of UMGC’s 90+ online academic programs to more than two million learners enrolled in the California system’s 116 community colleges.

“With this agreement, students with an Associate Degree for Transfer from the California Community Colleges can enroll at UMGC with the assurance that they will be admitted as juniors in their academic major and that their community college courses will count toward their bachelor’s degree,” said Acting California Community Colleges Chancellor Daisy Gonzales.

As part of the partnership, all degree-seeking California community college students, graduates, and employees of the community colleges, as well as their spouses and dependents who identify a California community college on their online application, will receive a waiver of the UMGC application fee and a discount on out-of-state tuition for most programs of study.

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“We are proud to join with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to increase access to quality online bachelor’s programs and accelerate the pathway to a four-year degree,” said UMGC President Gregory Fowler. “It is vitally important to provide a seamless process for community college students to ultimately achieve their educational goals as efficiently and affordably as possible.”

UMGC has an annual enrollment of approximately 90,000 students, more than half of whom are active-duty military personnel and their dependents serving on military bases around the world.

UMGC offers award-winning online programs in disciplines including biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, information technology, healthcare management, and business 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.

About California Community Colleges

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 73 districts and 116 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. California community colleges provide career education and workforce training; guaranteed transfer to four-year universities; degree and certificate pathways; and basic skills education in English and math. As the state’s engine for social and economic mobility, the California Community Colleges supports the Vision for Success, a strategic plan designed to improve student success outcomes, increase transfer rates and eliminate achievement gaps. For more information, please visit the California Community Colleges website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)

UMGC is the state of Maryland’s open-admissions university. With an enrollment of some 90,000 students, the university offers high-quality, affordable, accessible undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs as well as non-degree certificate programs in online and hybrid formats. In 1949, UMGC became the first institution to send faculty overseas to teach active-duty military personnel at installations in Europe.

The university expanded overseas operations to Asia in 1956 and to the Middle East in 2005. UMGC now offers classes and education support services to military personnel and their families at 175-plus locations in more than 20 countries. Over half of the university’s current students are active-duty military personnel and their families, reservists, members of the National Guard and veterans.

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University of Maryland Global Campus Establishes Alliance with Kentucky Community College System to Speed Up Pathway for System’s 100,000+ Students to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Adelphi, Md. (May 11, 2021)–University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and the Kentucky Community Technical College System (KCTCS) have announced an alliance that will expand the reach of UMGC’s 90 online academic programs to the more than 100,000 students enrolled in the system’s 16 community colleges.

The alliance maximizes the application of KCTCS students’ coursework and credits to their bachelor’s degree programs, guaranteeing admission to UMGC and their preferred programs of study.

Most students will be able to transfer at least 60 credits—and up to a maximum of 70 credits—when they complete their associates degree and transfer to UMGC to complete a bachelor’s degree in a complementary field of study.

“We are proud to establish this alliance with KCTCS, which will increase access and affordability and accelerate the pathway to a four-year degree,” said Gregory Fowler, president of UMGC. “By maximizing transfer credit and guaranteeing admission into a student’s preferred program of study, we are providing students an opportunity to achieve their educational goals while saving time and money.”

“KCTCS associate degree graduates are ready to transfer to and succeed in a bachelor’s degree program,” said KCTCS Chancellor Kris Williams. “UMGC offers a broad range of programs that meet students’ needs, and we welcome the partnership.”

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.

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