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

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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Mission Impact: UMUC Launches Philadelphia Outreach

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) was established with a bold goal more than 70 years ago: to bring knowledge to adult learners. After teaching generations of Maryland families and the U.S. military around the world, the pioneer in online education is launching a campaign to carry its reputation—and more than 90 academic programs—to the Philadelphia market.Continue Reading

Servicemembers Honored at UMUC’s Information-Packed, Fun-Filled Military Appreciation Fair

For Devlon Alexander, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) “Military Appreciation Fair and Fun Run,” sponsored by General Dynamics Mission Systems and held at the university’s Academic Center at Largo in early May, signified an intimate rehearsal for his impending graduation from UMUC over Mother’s Day weekend.Continue Reading

Part 2: Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

Join Clinical Psychologist Yvette Branson, coordinator of the U.S. Veterans Administration’s Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, in a Facebook Live interview on the challenges facing veterans making the transition from military to civilian and student life—and the strategies and resources that can help them gain a strong foothold in the world beyond the military.Continue Reading

Helping Student Veterans Get a Foothold in Civilian Life

In keeping with its rich history of educating servicemembers and veterans that dates back to WWII—and its commitment to serving the needs of those who serve our country—University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is celebrating Military Appreciation Month in May with a special Facebook Live interview series full of the information and practical advice needed to help servicemembers and veterans successfully navigate the transition from military to civilian and student life.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.

Until now.Continue Reading