USG and UMBC honor a decade of partnership and achievement.
Left to right: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Sen. Richard Madaleno, Dr. Stewart Edelstein.
Leadership, faculty, and students from the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) joined Montgomery County business, government and community leaders for a reception at the USG campus on November 9th to celebrate 10 years of strategic partnership. The celebration honored their work in providing the opportunity for more than 450 Montgomery County students to earn baccalaureate degrees from UMBC programs at USG and outlined a shared vision for another decade of student success.
“UMBC is committed to providing degree programs tailored to the specific education and economic development needs of the Montgomery County region,” said Dr. Stewart Edelstein about the recently ranked “#1 up and coming university” (US News and World Report). “UMBC is an incredible asset to our public higher education system and is continuing to innovate and impact the state’s success as an international center for the knowledge-based economy in Maryland.”
A System of Success in Montgomery County
UMBC President, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, praised Montgomery County’s education system for an exemplary partnership that succeeds in preparing students for education from “K – 16 and beyond”. He noted that the county is one of the most admired systems in the country, and pointed out the progress that institutions like USG are making in ensuring that higher education is made accessible to all populations.
President Hrabowski congratulates UMBC students on their hard work and success.
“UMBC will continue to grow its presence on USG’s campus. It’s important to the county and it’s important to the state,” said President Hrabowski. “I want to thank Montgomery County for doing so much to prepare our students for the future.”
Dr. John Martello, UMBC Vice Provost, and Dr. Philip Rous, UMBC Interim Provost, commended the work that UMBC and USG have done to extend UMBC’s reach in Montgomery County, a recognized economic powerhouse in the state.
A founding partner, a growing collaboration
As one of the founding partners of USG, UMBC has grown from offering two degree programs in 2000 to seven undergraduate and graduate degree programs today, with more on the way. USG is enthusiastic about further collaboration with UMBC in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“I look forward to the day when UMBC brings its Mechanical Engineering program to USG, building on their nationally recognized success in graduating highly skilled scientists and engineers, specifically among minority student populations,” said Dr. Edelstein.
Professional masters degree programs in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Geographic Information Systems have been introduced specifically for the USG campus. In Spring 2012, UMBC will launch its newest program at USG – a Bachelor of Arts in Management of Aging Services.
A leader in Interdisciplinary Education
UMBC has been a leader among USG partner universities in the development of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional courses such as Diversity in the Workplace, which is currently being offered in partnership between the UMBC Psychology program and Sodexo, a local corporation recognized as one of the top 50 companies in the world for its diversity and inclusion practices. The course helps students who are enrolled in a variety of programs build competencies to work in and manage a diverse organization.