UMGC Faculty Help Students Cope with Challenges, Solve Problems During Pandemic

In many homes, a kitchen table is a place where families gather to eat, celebrate and sometimes work out solutions to problems. 

“A kitchen table is a strong symbol of comfort and a place where you don’t have to be anyone but yourself,” said Edwin Sapp, a 25-year UMGC adjunct professor and past winner of the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.  That is why, during his spring business Decision-Making course, he created a virtual kitchen table—a safe place where students could share their concerns and support one another during the global pandemic.Continue Reading

UMGC to Launch Digital Marketing Certificate Program

The University of Maryland Global Campus is launching a certificate program this fall to prepare students to work in the hottest segment of the marketing industry—digital marketing.

“It’s the fastest-growing area of marketing, and where the jobs are,” said Sandeep Patnaik, UMGC’s marketing program director.Continue Reading

UMGC Sets the ‘PACE’ for Lockdown Living and Learning

Around the world, since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, people are merging their home and work environments while scrambling to keep focused, to establish schedules and routines, to be productive and to keep distractions at bay.

It is a landscape that many University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) students already know how to navigate, thanks to a required undergraduate course introduced in the fall 2019 semester.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: Ken Burns on Saving America in 2020

In the first-ever virtual “Kalb Report” on July 27, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns told moderator Marvin Kalb that the United States in 2020 is in the midst of one of the four great crises in this nation’s history.

The triple threat of the coronavirus—a pestilence in Burns’ words—the ensuing economic collapse and the racial reckoning of the Black Lives Matter movement, all overseen by ineffectual and counterproductive leadership at the top, has put the nation in a calamitous situation that ranks with the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, he said.Continue Reading

Online Education in the Spotlight

By Javier Miyares, President of University of Maryland Global Campus

Editor’s Note: A slightly condensed version of the commentary was published in the Baltimore Business Journal on Friday, April 10, 2020.

The global spread of coronavirus disease and guidance from health officials to avoid groups and gatherings have disrupted routines on many college campuses and driven a shift to “online” classes.Continue Reading

A UMGC Academic Affairs Division for the Future

University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) barely had time to slip into its new name, designed to better reflect academia’s increasingly borderless landscape, when its administration announced a bold new plan. The university’s academic affairs division would be disassembled and, using the same pieces, rebuilt into a brand-new shape.Continue Reading

Up Close and Personal: UMGC Oceanographer Spends Four Months Teaching at Sea

UMGC Professor Carl Berman spent four months teaching oceanography aboard a floating university as part of the Semester at Sea program. This is the last of three stories that follow his experience.

One person can make a difference.

That was the message that Carl Berman, a University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) professor, tried to impart to students on the academic ship MV World Odyssey. Berman was among the 26 faculty members—from a range of academic institutions—who spent four months teaching aboard the floating campus this past fall in the Semester at Sea program sponsored by Colorado State University.  Continue Reading

CyberMaryland 2019: UMGC Faculty Members Stress Education as a Key Ingredient to a Robust Cybersecurity Workforce

Featured panelists Dr. Gregory von Lehman and Loyce Pailen highlight the accomplishments of University of Maryland Global Campus in promoting cybersecurity education in Maryland through partnerships and grants.

Now in its 10th year, the annual CyberMaryland conference held Dec. 5-6 at the Hyatt Regency, Baltimore Inner Harbor, kicked off with opening remarks from Jerry Archer, chief security officer at Sallie Mae, who reflected on the event’s first decade. Continue Reading

UMGC Students Create Sports-ranking Program for Washington Post

Once a week, Washington Post sports editor Mark Selig and four sports writers put together rankings for local high school teams. They scrutinize game scores, team records and other statistics. They discuss standout students and the strategy of coaches. And they toss in their personal observations about where teams are headed and why.

This fall they’ve added an additional tool to the mix. It’s a sports-ranking software system designed by students at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).Continue Reading