UMUC Alumna Nominated as Cybersecurity Rising Star by Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu

Tomiko Evans, a University of Maryland University College (UMUC) alumna who graduated in May with a master’s in cybersecurity technology, was honored as a cybersecurity Rising Star nominee by the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) at the organization’s 5th Annual Cyberjutsu Awards. The event, held at the Tower Club at Tysons Corner, Virginia, August 17, celebrated women who are leading change in the cyber field.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

From Capstone to Career: UMUC Alumna Helps Her Employer Go Green

Melissa Ezzell-Maddy is unequivocal about how she ended up in her dream job. She credits her capstone project at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

Ezzell-Maddy is an environmental health and safety engineer at Lockheed Martin in Colorado. She landed the job immediately after receiving a master’s degree in environmental management from UMUC. The capstone project that wrapped up her final term involved waste management at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Boulder, Colorado.Continue Reading

University of Maryland University College Launches Campaign Highlighting Historic Mission and “Hustle” of its Students

Adelphi, Md. (August 14, 2018)—University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has launched a new advertising campaign—“Made for You”—that highlights the institution’s historic mission: to bring quality, affordable education to adult and military students outside of the traditional college campus as it has for more than 70 years. The campaign celebrates the hard work and “hustle” that students display as they juggle family, jobs, and even military service while they pursue their educational goals.

“We know our students’ lives are hectic, and they hustle to get things done,” said Erika Orris, the chief marketing officer at UMUC, touching on a theme that runs through the campaign’s television, radio, digital and print ads.

UMUC students don’t just hustle because of their personalities. They hustle because they have lives outside of school, many have families, and all have goals and dreams. And no matter how complicated or difficult their schedules, they dig in and do more in the interest of building the future they want for themselves and for those they love.

“Our mission of providing affordable, accessible, quality education to adults in the workforce has remained unchanged for more than 70 years,” said UMUC President Javier Miyares. “Just as important, our innovative spirit has remained strong and steady and has allowed us to be pioneers in using technology to improve how we teach and how students learn.”

UMUC has prided itself on being in the vanguard. In 1949, it became the first university to send faculty overseas to teach active-duty military students stationed in postwar Europe. In the mid-1990s, the university was an early adopter of the Internet as a platform for offering courses. Today, nearly 95 percent of its courses are fully online or hybrid, with the remainder taught on military bases around the world. And all of UMUC’s 90-plus programs—including in hot fields such as cybersecurity, data analytics, and homeland security—can be completed online.

UMUC has also drawn positive national headlines for student-friendly initiatives, such as replacing costly publisher textbooks in most courses with Open Educational Resources—educational materials in the public domain. And currently, the university is redesigning its academic curriculum to put greater emphasis on experiential learning in which students focus on completing real-life projects rather than theoretical ones.

At the same time, UMUC has maintained a focus on affordability and is justifiably proud of the results.

“Our students can complete an MBA or master’s in cybersecurity or data analytics for less than $25,000—in state or out-of-state—and they can complete it in 18 months if they take one class every term,” Orris said. UMUC’s undergraduate degrees are under $60,000 for out-of-state students, less than many other schools, and the university offers a wide variety of scholarships, both to in-state and out-of-state students, to help make education even more affordable.

UMUC also has established alliances with 96 companies, including GEICO, MedStar Health and the global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, as well as a first-of-its-kind agreement forged in 2014 with the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management, to help build the skills of employees through discounted tuition programs.

Watch the ads:

“Hustle” TV Commercial

“Made for You” TV Commercial

 

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Washington Color School Co-founder Gets Posthumous One-man Show at UMUC

Years ago, Eric Key, director of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program, and artist Paul Reed agreed to put on a one-man show of Reed’s work at the university. Key had visited the painter, one of the founders of the Washington Color School, in his Virginia home to discuss the exhibit, and planning for the solo exhibit had begun. Then Reed called to tell Key that, unfortunately, he didn’t have time for the one-man show.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

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