Experts Say It Will Take a Moonshot Commitment to Achieve Cybersecurity by 2028

Protecting cyberspace from attacks both foreign and domestic by 2028 requires a national “moonshot” commitment to rally support and educate our young people to create the necessary workforce to bolster our security, insisted speakers at the symposium, “Attacking the Roots of Cyber (In) Security: The Role of Education.” The Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI)–Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) conference was hosted by University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Nov. 8.Continue Reading

Students Say Schools Must Do More to Create a Clearer Pathway to a Cybersecurity Career

For high school students, deciphering the route to a future career in cybersecurity takes ingenuity, perseverance and creativity, said student speakers at the Nov. 8 symposium “Attacking the Roots of Cyber (In) Security: The Role of Education,” organized by Cyber Center for Education & Innovation (CCEI)–Home of the National Cryptologic Museum (NCM) and hosted by University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

It’s commonly understood that hundreds of thousands of jobs in cybersecurity are going begging now, and projections call for continued rapid growth in the future.  But participants on the panel, “Building the STEM Pipeline: The Student Perspective,” told conferencegoers that barriers still remain in public education that discourage students from going into the field.Continue Reading

Veterans Day Ceremony Honors Retired Army General and Marine Corps Sergeant

On the centennial of the end of World War I, the event that established Armistice Day (and ultimately Veterans Day), University of Maryland University College (UMUC) acknowledged the sacrifice of the veterans and active-duty service personnel and their families who make up half of its student body.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Harrison Tells WCET Webinar Attendees That Universities Must Find New Tools to Fight the “Cheating Economy”

Universities are under assault by online predators who undermine academic integrity by luring students into schemes to cheat on courses, Douglas Harrison, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) associate dean of the graduate school, said in a webinar on “The Cheating Economy and Integrity,” earlier in October.Continue Reading

UMUC and Entercom Inspire Philadelphia Business Leaders to Hire More Veterans

With the job market booming and U.S. military veterans returning home looking to succeed as civilians, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) introduced itself Oct. 17 as a new member of The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia to the city’s regional business community—and as a premier education provider for companies seeking to hire vets.Continue Reading

The Kalb Report: Dealing with the Donald Trump Reality Show

Is Donald Trump good for ratings while being bad for journalism?

Nearly two years into the current administration, journalists are still struggling to determine how to cover this president who has broken all the rules of communicating with the people and who is fighting to undercut the legitimacy of any news organization that dares to criticize him.Continue Reading

The Teacher of Tomorrow

With student demographics shifting and the internet at our fingertips, UMUC faculty discuss what it means to teach and how the role of the teacher is evolving in the 21st century.

Editor’s note: This article is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of Achiever, the magazine of University of Maryland University College.

Gro Torsethaugen was perplexed.

A student in her biology lab class had submitted a data set from an experiment designed to measure the effect of pH levels on the germination of radish seeds. The assignment called for students to add vinegar to one dish, baking soda to another, water to a third—as a control—and compare the growth rate for seeds in each of the dishes.Continue Reading

On the Road: Portable Professors Reflect on Their Nomadic Path

UMUC’s traveling faculty reflect on the triumphs—and trials—of being a portable professor.

Editor’s note: This article is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of Achiever, the magazine of University of Maryland University College.

For most faculty at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), preparing for class involves booting up a computer. For Gyongyi Plucer-Rosario, who teaches marine biology on Guam, it might include strapping on a face mask and flippers.

“The last field trip is the one everyone looks forward to,” said Plucer-Rosario.Continue Reading