Miyares Tells University Higher Education Leaders that Communication and Transparency Were Keys to Helping UMUC Find a New Way to Fulfill its Public Mission

While speaking at an education conference in early April, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) President Javier Miyares advised colleagues that transparency is paramount as universities struggle to find and adopt new ways of generating the revenue they need to counter rising costs and declining enrollments. Keeping faculty, staff and oversight-board members updated about the nature and timing of major changes can engender more buy-in and support, and a smoother transition, he said.Continue Reading

Watch “Over There,” the Documentary about UMUC’s Traveling Faculty

Program Aired Earlier in April on Maryland Public Television 

University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) rich history of globetrotting professors came to life recently with the private screening of a documentary that follows the university’s seven-decade mission of educating military personnel stationed overseas.

Entitled “Over There: The Adventures of Maryland’s Traveling Faculty,” the documentary follows the path of Maryland’s “Academic Foreign Legion” who adopted “Have Syllabus Will Travel” as their motto and hopped from military base to military base, sometimes in war zones, to offer college classes to the troops.Continue Reading

Larger State Commitment Needed to Protect Cyber Data, UMUC Adjunct Tells Maryland Cybersecurity Council

The investment the State of Maryland makes in its cybersecurity defense is “paltry” considering the value of the information assets it should be defending from cyberattack, a former NSA official and UMUC graduate adjunct professor in cybersecurity told the Maryland Cybersecurity Council Jan. 25.

“Now the state spends about $3.8 million on its cybersecurity function,” said Debora Plunkett, whose 32-year career with the NSA included serving as director of information assurance. “My personal view is that [that amount] is paltry, considering the state budget and considering what the state has to lose if those assets are put at risk.”Continue Reading

MAT Summit Explores Using Data to Improve Teaching

With an abundance of test data about how students perform, educators now need to devise methods of analyzing that data to best customize the learning experience for individual schools, grades, classrooms and even students.

That’s why the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Master of Arts in Teaching program brought together students, new teachers and education officials from across Maryland on Jan. 25 to talk about the latest ways of using data to inform instruction.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Medal of Honor Winner Talks About His Next Mission

The book signing started as just two vets swapping stories about their grueling days at Army Ranger school.

But before it was over, Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg, a UMUC graduate, and Keith Hauk, the university’s associate vice president of Veterans Initiatives for Stateside Military Operations, dug deeply into the psyche of the wounded veteran and the mission of healing.Continue Reading

UMUC Student Earns Education Award for “Grit” in Achieving Her Dual Master’s

Kathleen Gervase homeschools her 10-year-old daughter, cares for her disabled wife who has required repeated cancer surgeries, acts as a medical advocate for elderly and sick neighbors, volunteers with the Girl Scouts, and runs a small, environmentally friendly landscaping business.

So, what does Gervase, 42, do with her free time?Continue Reading