UMUC 2019 Stateside Commencement: ‘Triumph and Transcendence’

When retired U.S. Army combat veteran Shamir Taylor, his wife, Nyema, and his father, retired Army Master Sgt. Raymond Richardson, all graduated together during the University of Maryland University College morning commencement ceremony May 18, the trio became one of the latest in a long line of “family-groups” to earn UMUC degrees and graduate at the same time.

The Taylors and Richardson were among approximately 3,000 of the 13,242 Class of 2019 graduates worldwide who attended one of three separate UMUC stateside commencement ceremonies at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, on May 18 and 19.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Loyce Pailen Wins 2019 Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award

UMUC is an unprecedented three-time winner in the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland’s People’s Choice Award category.

ADELPHI, Md. (April 24, 2019) —Loyce Pailen, a doctor of management and director of the Center for Security Studies at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), has won the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Incorporated (CAMI) People’s Choice Award, announced April 11 during the 3rd Annual Maryland Cybersecurity Awards Celebration.Continue Reading

Doctorate in Business Administration Program Launches with Spring Term

Bryce Adams, a cloud analytics specialist at technology company Oracle, was partway through his doctoral studies in management at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) when his professors presented an interesting option. Would he like to switch to a Doctor in Business Administration instead?

Adams’ response was a resounding “Yes.”Continue Reading

University of Maryland University College Data Analytics Team Reaches Final of INFORMS OR and Analytics Competition

It Is the Only Team From the United States to Compete in the April 15 Final in Austin, Texas

Adelphi, Md. (March 27, 2019)—A team of five University of Maryland University College students in the Master of Science in Data Analytics (MSDA) program advanced to the final round of the INFORMS O.R. and Analytics competition.Continue Reading

UMUC Wins Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Higher Education Program

Cybersecurity Technology Graduate Program Wins Top Award from SC Magazine

Adelphi, Md. – March 14, 2019 – University of Maryland University College (UMUC), for the second straight year, has announced that its Cybersecurity Technology graduate program has won the Professional Award for Best Cybersecurity Program in Higher Education by SC Magazine. The award was presented on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, during the 23rd annual SC Media Awards gala in San Francisco.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Mary Ellen Schmider Presents Fulbright Award to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

Schmider to Speak on Visionary Women Champions of Nonviolence and Peace at UMUC Academic Center Auditorium in Largo, Maryland, March 15

Mary Ellen Heian Schmider culminated a history-making moment when she crossed the stage at the AXICA Congress and Convention Centre adjacent to the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin on Jan. 28, to present Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel with the 2018 J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding. Continue Reading

Does Reliance on Artificial Intelligence Compromise Our Ability to Think?

It poses a risk agreed University of Maryland University College cybersecurity faculty members Emma Garrison-Alexander, Tamie Santiago and Candice Smith, who explored the influence of AI bias on society in a Facebook Live panel discussion Feb. 13.

“Often times we tell ourselves that by using [AI] technology we are freeing up our mind to use on other projects,” said Smith, associate professor in the UMUC graduate cybersecurity technology program. But over time in the process, she suggested we sacrifice cognitive functioning.

“We let AI do all these executive functions for us. It almost allows us to dumb ourselves down and not take responsibility for our own learning and mental capacity,” Smith said.Continue Reading

UMUC Orkand Chair’s Book to Receive 2019 UPCEA Frandson Award for Literature

Peter Smith, Ph.D., University of Maryland University College Orkand Chair and professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, has been named recipient of the 2019 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature, sponsored by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), for his book “Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education.”

The award, given to the author and publisher of “an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature,” will be conferred at the UPCEA annual meeting in Seattle, March 27-29, according to the association’s announcement.  In all, UPCEA honored 10 individuals and six programs with awards in 2019.Continue Reading