Studying at National War College Informs Professor’s Teaching

If you search online for John DeRosa you’ll likely get three primary sets of results. You’ll find links to a convicted killer; a New York Giants beat reporter; and a conflict analysis and resolution expert and doctoral candidate, who teaches at UMUC and is more than half way through a highly-selective and prestigious one-year program at the National War College.Continue Reading

University System of Maryland and edX to Launch MicroMasters® Programs, Which May Accelerate Path to Advanced Degrees and Save Students Thousands of Dollars

Non-Degree Programs in Bioinformatics, Cloud Computing, Instructional Design and Technology, and Software Testing and Verification, will be offered by national online education leader University of Maryland University CollegeContinue Reading

UMUC Provost Cini to Transition to Research and Teaching Role

University of Maryland University College President Javier Miyares announced on Feb. 9 that Marie Cini, Ph.D., has decided to step down as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, effective July 1. Cini will continue at UMUC as senior research fellow in the university’s Center for Innovation In Learning and Student Success and as a member of the collegiate faculty in The Graduate School.Continue Reading

UMUC Alumnus and HR Innovator Makes SHRM’s ‘30 Under 30’ List

At 24, Joey Price ’11 created Jumpstart:HR, LLC, a consulting and outsourcing firm that helps small-business owners and startup founders build better, more stable businesses. Five years later, Price’s innovation and ambition have landed him a spot on the inaugural Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) ’30 Under 30′ list.Continue Reading

MOOC Bolsters Launch of New Global Health Certificate

The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) recently dipped its toes into the world of free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, with two goals: to carry its online-course expertise farther beyond the borders of Maryland than ever before and to test interest in a new graduate certificate program in global health.

On both fronts, the “Global Health: The Lessons of Ebola” MOOC earned a thumbs up. And for instructors involved in designing and teaching the course, the value-added was tremendous.Continue Reading

McCaul to Reporters: The U.S. Is Losing the Cyber War

The United States is losing the war in the cyber world, the Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security told journalists gathered for a one-day UMUC-sponsored cybersecurity seminar for reporters on Jan. 11.

“It’s going to get worse before it gets better,” said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas. “If anything comes out of the [Russian] election system attack, it will be to make people aware of this issue and how we should make this a priority.”Continue Reading

Easing the Pain of Password Management

The article “Estimating Password-Cracking Times” by the business software solutions company Better Buys asserts that a seasoned hacker could break the woefully inadequate yet commonly-used password “123456” in less than 0.29 milliseconds.

Now, it may be difficult to imagine anyone in today’s virtual world relying on “123456” to secure their data and personal information. But, In fact, for the better part of the new millennium, according to UMUC Cyber Connections Blog contributor Garrett Boyd, “123456” has remained—along with password, 12345678, qwerty and 12345—among the top five on the list of the 25 most commonly used and hackable passwords.Continue Reading