UMUC Signs Agreement with California State University to Expand Higher Education Opportunities for Military Servicemembers

Agreement will allow students to transfer credits easily in some of the institutions’ most popular disciplines


By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   June 5, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (June 5, 2008) – UMUC, the second-largest university in Maryland, today announced that it has signed an articulation agreement with The California State University (CSU) that promises to further expand educational opportunities for U.S. servicemembers.

Under the agreement, CSU campuses will accept transfer credits earned at UMUC in a number of specified programs and courses; in turn, UMUC will accept transfer credits earned at the CSU, allowing students to apply them toward a UMUC bachelor’s degree. The agreement will offer servicemembers curricular “roadmaps” that can guide them as they complete degrees in the institutions’ most popular disciplines, including business administration, psychology, computer science and information systems management.

This announcement comes on the heels of UMUC’s contract win with the Department of Defense (DoD) to deliver undergraduate liberal arts coursework and several graduate-level programs to U.S. troops stationed in countries in the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), including Iraq. It promises to further benefit military personnel who begin their education in the U.S. and wish to continue their studies when they are stationed abroad.

"We are tremendously pleased to cooperate with the California State University in helping make education more accessible for members of the U.S. military,” said Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, president of UMUC. “We are proud of our long history of providing educational opportunities to U.S. troops both stateside and abroad, and we welcome this agreement, which promises to improve the service our universities can offer our men and women in uniform.”

Currently, about 10 percent of all U.S. military personnel are from California, and an equivalent number of servicemembers are stationed in the state. Each month, thousands are discharged from active duty and return to or settle in California, while thousands more deploy from California to duty stations overseas. Thanks to the new agreement between UMUC and CSU, these military personnel will now have streamlined access to complete general education and specific degree programs of both universities.

Said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, “We want the young men and women in the military to be able to complete their college education in a timely, efficient and easily accessible way. Whether still enlisted or returning home, our servicemembers are welcome at the California State University and we will do everything possible to help them to complete their education.”

The agreement coordinates significant academic resources in service to the military. CSU represents the largest senior university system in the United States, and UMUC—which enrolls 90,000 students worldwide—enrolls more active-duty U.S. military personnel than any other senior higher education institution in the country.

About The California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff.  Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 89,000 annually.  Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California.  With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.  See www.calstate.edu