UMUC Forms New Alliance with Northern Virginia Community College

New agreement marks UMUC’s 20th alliance with a community college outside of Maryland


By Kerry O'Neill (koneill@mghus.com) |   March 12, 2010

Adelphi, MD (March 12, 2010) – UMUC has formed a new alliance with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Under this new agreement, NOVA graduates will have the opportunity to seamlessly transfer their credits into one of UMUC bachelor’s degree programs. The official signing took place Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 11 a.m. on NOVA’s Annandale, Virginia campus.

Since UMUC established its first alliance agreement in 1996, the university has formed alliances with all of Maryland’s community colleges and with 20 community colleges across the country. More than half of UMUC’s enrollments consist of transfer students from two-year schools.

“UMUC is dedicated to making higher education accessible and affordable to students not only in Maryland, but across the country and around the world,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “This alliance with NOVA demonstrates that commitment and represents an important part of our effort to support President Barack Obama’s American Graduation Initiative to promote the transfer of credit among community colleges.”

“We see our agreement with UMUC as opening a new chapter in our relationship with Maryland colleges and universities. We are looking forward to strengthening those bonds and exploring new possibilities,” said Northern Virginia Community College President Bob Templin.In addition to the signing, UMUC celebrated the new partnership with NOVA by hosting an “Instant Scholarship Day” and a UMUC information table for prospective students.

Alliances like the one between UMUC and NOVA support the president’s American Graduation Initiative, which calls for 5 million additional community college graduates by 2020. As part of the initiative, President Obama created the Community College Challenge Fund, which will offer new competitive grants to enable community colleges and states to innovate and expand reforms. Part of the fund’s goals is to expand course offerings and offer dual enrollment at high schools and universities, promote the transfer of credit among colleges and align graduation and entrance requirements of high schools, community colleges and four-year colleges and universities.