Alliance Will Allow Bachelor’s Degree Pathways for System’s 125,000 Students
Adelphi, Md. (Aug. 17, 2022)–University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) have announced a transfer partnership that will expand the reach of UMGC’s 125+ online academic programs to more than 125,000 learners enrolled in the Colorado system’s 35 locations across the state.
“As part of our open access mission, CCCS is committed to providing affordable, accessible education and workforce training for students of all backgrounds,” said Dr. Landon Pirius, vice chancellor of academic and student affairs at CCCS. “We are thrilled to forge this partnership with the University of Maryland Global Campus to increase transfer opportunities for students—especially our veteran population—and help more CCCS graduates continue their education in in-demand fields.”
As part of the partnership, all degree-seeking students in the Colorado Community College system, graduates, and employees of the system and schools, as well as their spouses and dependents who identify a Colorado Community College system school on their online application, will receive a waiver of the UMGC application fee and a discount on out-of-state tuition for most programs of study.
“We are proud to join with the Colorado Community College System to increase access to quality online bachelor’s programs and accelerate the pathway to a four-year degree,” said UMGC President Gregory Fowler. “In today’s economic environment, it is vitally important to provide a seamless process for community college students to ultimately achieve their educational goals as efficiently and affordably as possible.”
UMGC has an annual enrollment of approximately 90,000 students, more than half of whom are active-duty military personnel and their dependents serving on military bases around the world.
UMGC offers award-winning online programs in disciplines including biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, information technology, healthcare management, and business that are in high demand in today’s increasingly technical, global workplace. UMGC also offers cost savings through its use of digital resources, which have replaced costly publisher textbooks in most courses.
About The Colorado Community College System (CCCS)
CCCS is the state’s largest system of higher education and workforce development, delivering thousands of programs to over 125,000 students annually through 13 colleges and 35 locations across Colorado. The System’s open-access mission ensures all Coloradans who aspire to enrich their lives have access to high quality, affordable higher education opportunities. The System Office provides leadership, advocacy, and support to the colleges under the direction of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE). http://www.cccs.edu.
About University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)
Currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) was established in 1947 to serve adults in the workforce and the military. Today, UMGC enrolls some 90,000 students annually, offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificates in more than 125 fully online, hybrid and face-to-face programs and specializations.
UMGC has a long history of innovation in reaching students where they are, including as a pioneer of internet instruction, piloting its first online classes in 1994. The university has received numerous awards for its groundbreaking work in developing fully online degree programs, including in high-demand fields such as cybersecurity, business, data analytics, health care, and education.
The university now offers classes to military service personnel and their families at some 180 locations in more than 20 countries. More than half of UMGC’s students are active-duty military personnel, their families, members of the National Guard, and veterans.