An Important Message from UMUC President Javier Miyares

November 28, 2012

To the UMUC Community:

On March 26, 2012, the University System of Maryland (USM) received a letter from the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (chaired by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa), requesting information and data about student recruitment, human resources, and other policies at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) dating back to 2006. This request was prompted by UMUC’s leadership transition.  

Administrators of both UMUC and USM worked cooperatively with the committee staff and provided detailed responses to all of the questions in a letter sent on April 27, 2012. After a follow up meeting with committee staffers and a subsequent request for clarification and additional information, UMUC sent a second letter to the committee on May 21, 2012.  

I am pleased to report that after a thorough review of the materials provided, the committee has concluded its review. 

In a letter received today, Pamela Smith, the committee staff director, stated:  

“On behalf of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) for providing significant information requested by the Committee in its oversight capacity, and for the openness and cooperation of the University throughout the process. The information has helped the Committee develop a more clear understanding regarding the recruiting practices, cost and student retention and outcomes at UMUC. As a result, the Committee does not anticipate seeking additional information. The Committee staff believe that UMUC has a clear set of goals and priorities going forward, that if fully implemented will help to ensure its programs and practices meet the educational and career needs of the working adults, military personnel and other non-traditional learners that UMUC serves.” 

I want to express my sincere thanks to Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan for his guidance throughout this process. His unwavering support of UMUC has been instrumental to the outcome of the committee’s review. 

To UMUC’s faculty and staff, I extend my heartfelt gratitude for maintaining our standards of excellence during this challenging time. As you know, the conclusion of our discussions with Senator Harkin’s committee comes on the heels of positive feedback from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, reaffirming that our accreditation is in good standing.  

This entire process afforded us the opportunity to demonstrate the commitment we all share to our mission. 

I firmly believe we have been strengthened by the experience and inspired to face the future with a clear vision.  

Again, I thank you for your dedication to our university. 

Sincerely,  

Javier Miyares
President
University of Maryland University College