University of Maryland University College
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is a member of the University System of Maryland and provides online instruction as well as on-site instruction at 21 sites throughout Maryland and in 25 countries and territories worldwide. About 78 percent of undergraduate students enrolled in UMUC's stateside programs work full-time.
UMUC offers competency-based programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UMUC redesigned its undergraduate competency-based approach in 2011 and the first three programs -– Public Safety Administration, Computer Networks and Security, and Human Resource Management –- implemented this approach in the 2014-15 academic year. UMUC’s model translates competency-based assessment into credit, and in return translates coursework into articulated competencies, allowing students to combine different types of credit earned for a variety of types of learning. UMUC expects to build the same competency-based approach for all 33 undergraduate programs over a three-year period. The Graduate School (TGS) has a total of 25 master's degree programs and two doctoral programs, with an additional 25 specializations and 43 certificates. The transformation process to competency-based education began in 2013 and culminated in all programs being competency-based and operational in fall 2015. Both the undergraduate and graduate competency-based programs have student demographics similar to UMUC programs overall. Students are generally working adults, with an average age of 32. They combine school with work and family, so that over 80 percent are attending part-time. There is no majority ethnic group: 42 percent are white, 34 percent are African American, and 11 percent are Hispanic, with the remainder falling into a variety of ethnic groups or declining to identify. About 55 percent are female. Over 80 percent of students bring transfer credit, and about 40 percent bring half or more of the degree in transfer.