at U of Maryland
In 1949 University of Maryland University
College (UMUC) began making higher learning accessible to
working adults in the U.S. military—any time, any place—even
in some of the most nontraditional places for learning imaginable.
UMUC has been on a remote mountaintop outpost in Korea and
in combat zones in Vietnam.
Thanks to the Internet and UMUC’s advanced technological
infrastructure, U.S. service members abroad can continue their
studies without interruption even when reassigned from continent
to continent. In short, anyone who begins a UMUC degree in
one place may resume his/her studies wherever there is a computer
with Internet access. Last year, more than 47,000 active-duty
military and dependents took UMUC courses through the University’s
overseas programs in 28 foreign countries, under contract with
the U.S. Department of Defense. More than half (27,000) of
these students attended UMUC in Europe. An additional 6,000
active-duty military enrolled in UMUC courses stateside—online
and on-site. Military enrollments in the United States are
the fastest growing segment of UMUC’s student population.
Today, UMUC–Europe, based in Heidelberg, Germany, offers
classes at U.S. military installations in Europe, the Middle
East, and Africa, the most recent of which was established
in Kosovo in spring 2000. To date, close to half a million
students have taken courses from UMUC–Asia, based in
Tokyo, Japan, and thousands have earned certificates or degrees.
In 2000, UMUC was selected as one of the first colleges/universities
to participate as a U.S. Navy College Partner to offer distance-learning
programs to sailors.
In addition to UMUC’s history
of providing educational resources to U.S. service members,
UMUC has tailored its graduate programs for:
Info Resources Management College,
National Defense University – Ft.
McNair, Washington, D.C. (1995)
U.S. Army Signal Center – Ft.
Gordon, GA (2001)
U.S. Naval War College – Newport,
Army Management Staff College – Ft.
Belvoir, VA (2001)
Joint Forces Staff College, National
Defense University – Norfolk,
Air War College, Air University – Montgomery,