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September 4, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

In April of this year, we began a university‐wide discussion of academic governance at UMUC. As you know, we are exploring nontraditional models of academic governance because UMUC is not a traditional university, and it is vital that we maintain our agility, flexibility, and responsiveness to the needs of our working adult students.

As part of this important discussion, we hosted an academic Town Hall with members of the core faculty, followed by breakout sessions with the deans of the graduate and undergraduate schools. This web page was updated with relevant information and resources, and all were invited to comment via the feedback form on the right. In addition, between June 25 and July 21, we hosted nine facilitated small‐group sessions for faculty, soliciting perspectives and feedback.

Finally, the deans of The Graduate School and The Undergraduate School—together with a working group of core faculty—have completed a report that proposes new guidelines for academic governance at UMUC.

The report of the deans and the working group has now been posted to the "Resources" section on the right hand side of this page, along with a historic summary of academic governance at UMUC and the draft of a white paper that will serve to frame a series of recommendations—on academic governance and other important subjects—that will ultimately be submitted for consideration by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

We invite and encourage you to review the report of the deans and their working group, the historic summary, and the draft white paper, and to share your comments, by September 15, via the feedback form on this page.

We will review both the report and your comments before completing and submitting final recommendations to the USM Board of Regents this fall.

Many thanks to all who have participated in this critically important discussion on the future of academic governance at UMUC.


Javier Miyares
President, University of Maryland University College

Marie A. Cini, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of Maryland University College

The following feedback was received during the comment period. All questions and comments have been reviewed and considered by academic leadership as part of this process. We thank everyone who participated.

Learn about the Academic Governance Town Hall presentation from June 2015.

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