UMUC Orkand Chair’s Book to Receive 2019 UPCEA Frandson Award for Literature

Peter Smith, Ph.D., University of Maryland University College Orkand Chair and professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education, has been named recipient of the 2019 Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature, sponsored by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), for his book “Free Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education.”

The award, given to the author and publisher of “an outstanding work of continuing higher education literature,” will be conferred at the UPCEA annual meeting in Seattle, March 27-29, according to the association’s announcement.  In all, UPCEA honored 10 individuals and six programs with awards in 2019.Continue Reading

UMUC Field Study Students Take It to the Streets of Europe

As UMUC Europe celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019, it heralds its state-of-the-art learning models and a unique program that for decades has immersed students in living classrooms to study history, literature and art in the very places where it was made, inspired or imagined.

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Social Consciousness Takes the Field in 2019 Super Bowl Advertising

Online conversation has the “big game” trending and some people like to watch the NFL’s biggest event of the year just for the commercials. In fact, data show that 70 percent of people are more likely to pay attention to advertising during the Super Bowl than to ads that appear during their “normal” TV viewing, according to Sandeep Patnaik, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) professor and program chair for the Master of Science in marketing.Continue Reading

From English Major to Environmental Steward: UMUC Alumnus Makes Clean Water His Mission

Berkeley County, West Virginia, is the fastest growing county in the state as new industry is attracted to the I-81 corridor and Northern Virginia’s exploding population spills into the Mountain State’s eastern panhandle.

As a result, an upsurge of houses, roads, parking lots, industrial parks and the like is creating new stormwater pollution problems in a state where water flows downhill quickly.Continue Reading

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A Trio of Commencement Achievements Cap UMUC Experience for Jermaine Montgomery

University of Maryland University College Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Alan Drimmer knew what he was talking about when he introduced graduating student Jermaine Montgomery at the university’s morning Winter Commencement ceremony on Dec. 15 as a man of many talents.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

Peter Smith’s New Book Charts a Path Through the “Blizzard” of Higher Education Change

Peter Smith, educator and author, asks two questions.

How much of what you know did you learn in a college classroom?

How much of what you know did you learn from personal and on-the-job experience?

If the answer is—as he expects—that you learned far more from your experience outside the classroom, he then asks a third.Continue Reading