Mike McConnell’s Extraordinary World of Exploration, Whimsy and Wonder

By Alex Kasten, Special to the Global Media Center

When you walk into the newest exhibit at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Arts Program Gallery, the first thing that may strike you is the vibrant colors and curious images of a diptych, in which two figures, holding chainsaws, stand in the foreground of a makeshift outdoor workspace.Continue Reading

UMUC Celebrates More Than 7,000 at Its First-Ever Winter Commencement

December 16 marked a day of new beginnings for both the University of Maryland University College itself and the 7212 members of its Summer-Fall Class of 2017 graduates—about 1200 of whom walked the stage during the university’s first-ever winter commencement to receive associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees at two separate ceremonies at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland. In all, this class of graduates represented 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 24 countries and territories.Continue Reading

Graduation Ceremony Shapes Up Before Sailor Ships Out

During his speedy rise in the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Mercado, 26, has collected an impressive number of awards and accolades. He also earned two degrees from University of Maryland University College (UMUC). But one thing has eluded this Navy master-at-arms. He has never been able to walk at a commencement with his family present.

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Building on 70 Years of Academic Innovation

In 1949, the University of Maryland University College seized on a “big idea.” At the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, UMUC became the first institution to send faculty members overseas to teach college courses to active-duty servicemembers.

It was a bold and spirited maneuver for a fledgling university established just two years earlier in 1947 to serve a new breed of learner—adults outside the traditional campus setting who greatly differed from the students typically filling America’s college classrooms at the time. Continue Reading

UMUC Receives Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine

ADELPHI, Md. (Sept. 1, 2016)—University of Maryland University College today received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—UMUC will be featured, along with 82 other recipients, in the November 2016 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.Continue Reading

UMUC Provost Cini to Lead National Online Education Group’s Board of Directors

Marie Cini, PhD, UMUC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has been elected to a one-year term.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. — The Online Learning Consortium, known as OLC, the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide, today announced that Marie Cini, PhD, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at University of Maryland University College, has been elected president of the OLC Board of Directors. Continue Reading

UMUC Provost Marie Cini Named 2014 Online Learning Consortium Fellow

Cini Recognized for Exceptional Professional Excellence

Dr. Marie Cini, UMUC’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has been recognized by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) among its 2014 Class of Fellows for “exceptional professional excellence.” OLC—formerly the Sloan Consortium—announced the seven members of this year’s Class of Fellows at its annual conference this week in Orlando.Continue Reading

Karen Vignare Named Head Of New Center For Innovation In Learning At UMUC

New Associate Provost is an Expert on Designing and Leading Innovations in Higher Education

Karen Vignare, PhD, an innovator in curriculum design and in the use of technology in learning, has been named associate provost and will lead University of Maryland University College’s new Center for Innovation in Learning. Vignare began her new post on June 3.Continue Reading

Karen Vignare Named Associate Provost And Will Lead New Center For Innovation In Learning At UMUC

University of Maryland University College Tabs Expert on Designing and Leading Innovations in Higher Education

Karen Vignare, PhD, an innovator in curriculum design and in the use of technology in learning, has been named associate provost and will lead University of Maryland University College’s new Center for Innovation in Learning. Vignare began her new post on June 3.
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Aric Krause To Head UMUC’s Graduate School

Aric Krause, Ph.D., an 18-year veteran of teaching and leadership in higher education, is the new vice provost and dean of The Graduate School at University of Maryland University College. He began his new position at UMUC on June 3. Prior to UMUC, Krause was the dean of the Division of New Learning at Salt Lake City’s Westminster College.Continue Reading