A Message to the UMGC Community from President Javier Miyares
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
On April 18, 2019, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a measure formally changing our institutional name from University of Maryland University College to University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). Our new name affirms both our roots as a respected public institution in the state of Maryland and our global footprint.
This change comes at a pivotal moment in our history—a history that spans eight decades and that has been shaped and guided, from the first, by a single, unifying mission: serving the needs of adult students in the workforce and the U.S. military for whom a traditional education was impractical or impossible.
This strategic plan builds on that institutional history and on the progress we have achieved, working together to fulfill our mission. It continues a transformation that has spanned my presidency, one that responds to changing demographics and increasing competition, and seeks to broaden our reach, foster quality, keep tuition low for students, and ensure the long-term sustainability of the university.
Over the past eight years, we have established one global university, eliminating redundancies across our three divisions—Europe, Asia, and stateside—while centralizing our business operations. We have embraced an academic model based on experiential learning and taken substantive steps to nurture a culture of academic integrity across our university community. At the same time, we have drawn national attention by moving away from costly publisher textbooks and adopting electronic learning resources, including open educational resources (OERs), across all of our programs, saving students millions of dollars annually.
We established the Ventures organization, focused on identifying and developing enterprises with the potential to generate new revenue streams for the university. We have "unbundled" our analytics and technology teams, creating for-profit organizations that serve our institutional needs while benefiting financially from external partnerships and fee-for-service client contracts. Guided by data analytics, we have refocused our marketing efforts to maximize return on investment, streamlined our business operations, and optimized our utilization of space.
Now, we look ahead to new challenges and new opportunities, guided by the vision and perspectives of our key stakeholders—faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I am particularly grateful to Academic Advisory Board Chair Daniel Mintz, who led a team in developing a white paper (see Appendix) that offers a faculty perspective on academic quality at UMGC.
The landscape of adult higher education continues to evolve, and we face unprecedented competition from new institutions with innovative offerings, from for-profit schools reborn as nonprofits, and from peer institutions newly armed with sophisticated recruiting technologies borrowed from other market sectors.
Together, we have sacrificed, we have innovated, and we have grown, and we stand ready now to expand our operations on a global stage, seeking always to bring the promise of a quality, affordable education within reach for all who have the will and desire to achieve.
Thank you for your support, your vision, and your belief in the mission of University of Maryland Global Campus.
University of Maryland Global Campus