UMUC Adds Maricopa Community Colleges and Ozarks Technical Community College to Its Growing List of Alliance Partners

By Nick Kelly (nkelly@mghus.com) |   December 6, 2010

ADELPHI, MD (December 6, 2010)—UMUC today announced that it has signed articulation agreements with Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC) in Arizona and Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) in Missouri. The agreements allow students of those schools to seamlessly transfer credits to UMUC, saving time and money as they transition to a four-year degree program. A unique reverse transfer option also allows students who have not completed an associate’s degree to transfer credits back to their respective community colleges and receive a two-year degree. 

Both MCC and OTC play large and vital roles in the nation’s undergraduate education infrastructure. MCC is the largest community college district in the country, comprising 10 schools—including Rio Salado College, the largest provider of online education at the community college level—and serving more than 260,000 students annually. OTC, in turn, is the fastest-growing community college in Missouri, and its impressive selection of online coursework makes it a perfect partner, as well, for UMUC.

"UMUC is pleased and proud to partner with Maricopa Community Colleges and Ozarks Technical Community College as we continue to build relationships with schools nationwide that seek to expand educational opportunities for students," said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. "In these challenging economic times, a college education still stands as a trusted steppingstone to a brighter and more secure future for students everywhere, and we are grateful to our alliance partners for the vital part they play in preparing those students to compete and succeed in the 21st-century workforce."

UMUC has a team dedicated to supporting students who transfer from community colleges in Maryland and nationwide, and since establishing its first alliance agreement in 1996, the university has signed agreements with all 16 of Maryland’s community colleges. In April, it announced its 40th alliance overall, and now boasts alliances with a total of 67 institutions nationwide. University leaders estimate that more than half of UMUC’s enrolled students transfer from two-year schools.

About Maricopa Community Colleges
Maricopa Community Colleges comprise 10 colleges, two skill centers and numerous education centers, all dedicated to educational excellence and to meeting the needs of businesses and the citizens of Maricopa County in Arizona. Currently, the system serves approximately 260,000 students each year and offers 1,000 occupational programs, 37 academic associate’s degrees, and a total of 10,254 courses.

About Ozarks Technical Community College
Ozarks Technical Community College was founded in 1990, and upholds a core set of values that include quality, opportunity, accessibility, learning, diversity, innovation, community, respect, integrity and personal growth. Its mission is to promote student learning through accessible, high-quality, affordable workforce training, and technical and general education that is responsive to the educational needs of the community and its diverse constituencies.