Discussion to Touch on Ways Data Analytics Affects Many Areas of Our Lives

Professor Elena Gortcheva’s students understand the significant—potentially transformative—ways in which data analytics affects our lives. Gortcheva, program chair for the Master of Science in Data Analytics program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) mentored two UMUC student teams that recently presented winning projects at the IBM Watson Data Analytics Global Competition at Shanghai, China—taking first- and third-place awards for their efforts.Continue Reading

Education Executive to Discuss Study on Relevance and the Value of Higher Education

Only 26% of working U.S. adults with college experience strongly agree that their education is relevant to their work and day-to-day life, according to the May 2018 report “From College to Life: Relevance and the Value of Higher Education” released by Gallup, Inc. and Strada Education Network.Continue Reading

Arts Program Day Trippers Visit ‘Thriving’ Richmond Art Scene

“Richmond has a totally different energy than it did five or six years ago,” said artist Hamilton Glass, who counts about 80 of his murals in the Richmond, Virginia, area. Glass, a Philadelphia native, was standing in the entrance to the new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University where a group of art lovers participating in a daylong University of Maryland University College (UMUC) art trip became the first adult group to tour the new museum, which opened to the public on April 21.Continue Reading

Watch the Interview

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) presents “Thursday Thoughts,” a new series of Facebook Live interviews moderated by UMUC Chief Academic Officer Alan Drimmer, Ph.D., and featuring discussions with UMUC scholar-practitioner faculty members and noted special guests on a wide range of timely topics in higher education.

Watch the latest interview. On June 28, Barry Douglass, program chair of the systems engineering specialization under UMUC’s Master of Science in Information Technology degree program, talked about the developing systems-engineering field—a discipline that’s increasingly critical to the “success of our ever more complex technological society.”Continue Reading

Networking the Edge

Barry Douglass, Ph.D., describes himself as “engineering through and through,” and says he is pleased to focus his career on systems engineering because it is a “growing field of knowledge increasingly critical to the success of our ever more complex technological society.”

This Thursday June 28, Douglass, program chair of the systems engineering specialization under the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), outlines the trends that may have the greatest impact on the information technology field in the months ahead—the tools and trends that ultimately will change how we work.Continue Reading

UMUC Students Use Big Data to Tell a Personal Story in Winning IBM Watson Analytics Global Competition in Shanghai

Mwalimu Phiri, part of a three-member team from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), stood before a panel of judges in Shanghai, China, discussing the impact of air pollution in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation focused on how traditional cooking and heating fuels compromise the health of 3 billion people every year, disproportionately children under age 5.

The “Effects of Household Air Pollution” project may have focused on big data, but it was a photo of a young child building a wood fire in Zambia that captured the audience’s attention at the May 29 presentation.

It was a photo of Phiri.Continue Reading

Watch It Now: Dr. Peter Smith to Facebook Live Viewers—By Ignoring Hidden Talents “We Are Wasting America’s Treasure”

There is a lot of unrecognized talent walking around America, Dr. Peter Smith,  told viewers during his June 14 live interview on Facebook. “From a policy perspective, that’s a huge national problem that is hurting our country,” added University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Orkand Endowed Chair and professor of innovative practices in higher education.

See Smith’s interview, moderated by UMUC Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Alan Drimmer, on UMUC’s Facebook page.Continue Reading

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

Program Aired in April on Maryland Public Television 

University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) rich history of globetrotting professors came to life recently in 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. View the program in its entirety from the Maryland Public Television video archive page here.Continue Reading