University of Maryland University College enters its 2015 commencement season on the heels of receiving two national awards for educational excellence from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA). The honors—for Excellence in Advancing Student Success and for Outstanding Continuing Education Student—were conferred on March 31 at the UPCEA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
Pi Gamma Mu, the international honor society for the social sciences, recently named UMUC’s Maryland Theta chapter to its Roll of Distinction. It is the highest honor that the society grants.
University of Maryland University College has received three 2014 Awards of Excellence from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Mid-Atlantic Region. The honors for Outstanding Faculty member, Outstanding Continuing Education Student nominee, and Partnership were presented at UPCEA’s recent Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Newark, Delaware.
Celebrants from as far away as Colorado, Texas, and Minnesota turned out recently to applaud one another’s achievements and to honor five outstanding alumni volunteers for their exceptional service to UMUC.
Exhibit Demonstrates the Artistry Possible in Water Media
The old red REO pictured in UMUC’s Arts Program Gallery must have been one sweet ride in its heyday. In the skilled hands of the artist who painted it, the REO remains unsentimentally magnificent—and captured the grand award in the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition, sponsored by the Baltimore Watercolor Society and hosted by UMUC.
University of Maryland University College, Montgomery College and Prince George’s Community College Share Data to Help Students
Community college transfer students make up 45 percent of all undergraduates in the United States. Now, new data analysis has identified factors that contribute to their success at four-year institutions. The data sharing and analytics were conducted by three Maryland institutions—University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Montgomery College (MC) and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC)—and funded by a grant from the Kresge Foundation.
By 2025, higher education has transformed itself back to the future, to a time of the earliest philosophers of education when learning was self-paced, guided by mentors or coaches, and assessed by how well students had mastered essential competencies, rather than by the credentials they have earned, said John C. Cavanaugh, PhD, president and CEO of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
The six University of Maryland University College doctoral candidates who presented their dissertation work in a recent poster session at Adelphi, were engaging in a time-honored rite of passage for students earning degrees from research-based institutions that place a premium on scholarship.