Aimin Liao is a success coach at University of Maryland Global Campus. She joined the university in June of 2021. For UMGC’s 75th anniversary, we spoke with her about some of her favorite UMGC experiences and where she hopes to see the university in years to come. She works remotely and supports students throughout their education journey. She develops learning strategies, assists with scheduling classes, and is a support system as students achieve their goals.
If you had one word to describe your experience at UMGC, what would it be and why?
It is inspiring to see our students overcome their challenges to complete their degrees.
It is inspiring to see our leadership put “students first” in action.
It is inspiring to see other success coaches develop a connection with their students.
Can you name some UMGC faculty/staff members (or even students/alumni) who impacted your career here at UMGC?
Being a rookie, I felt unsure of myself. My assistant director, Marie, channeled my concerns, impacted my career here at UMGC, and encouraged me to participate in different projects.
UMGC is celebrating 75 years of excellence in education. What does that history mean to you? Why is it important?
It is an important milestone for UMGC because it represents our long history of serving students. I am sure UMGC will continue providing excellent educational opportunities to all students.
Which of UMGC core values resonates with you the most and why?
“Students first” is my favorite core value because we focus on students’ needs and provide personalized care for our students. Many of our daily responsibilities also align with the students first core values, such as promptly responding to students’ emails and keeping in touch with our students regularly.
UMGC recently introduced its new mission “Inspire hope, empower dreams, and transform lives ... one student at a time.” What does that mean to you?
UMGC is not just an online institution. UMGC is a community where students feel empowered to achieve their educational needs and goals. We also care about each student individually.
How do you feel about UMGC’s role in supporting the military, wherever they are?
I am proud to say that UMGC has European and Asian campuses, which provide convenient locations and services to military students.
Where do you hope to see UMGC in the next 75 years?
I hope UMGC will continue providing high-quality education to our students, practicing our core values of students first, and offering more programs and locations in the next 75 years.