UMUC Expands Alliance Agreement with Gloucester County College
PR 92 - June 19, 2012 Department of Public Relations and Marketing
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Enhanced agreement will offer Gloucester County College students reverse transfer option

Adelphi, Md. (June 19, 2012) — University of Maryland University College (UMUC) today announced that it has expanded its alliance agreement with Gloucester County College (GCC), a comprehensive, co-educational, two-year college sponsored by the residents of Gloucester County through the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The original agreement between UMUC and GCC was established in 2010 and allows students to seamlessly transfer credits to UMUC—saving students time and money as they transition to a four-year degree program. The enhanced agreement includes a unique reverse transfer option that allows students who have not completed an associate degree to transfer credits back to GCC and receive a two-year degree.

“UMUC is pleased to expand our existing partnership with Gloucester County College to include offering its students our unique reverse transfer option,” said UMUC Acting President Javier Miyares. “This initiative supports the White House’s plan to increase college completion rates at both the community college and university levels, and we think it will help make continuing education even more appealing and accessible to GCC students.”

UMUC accepts up to 70 transfer credits from GCC students, who are also able to apply for renewable transfer scholarships until degree completion. A UMUC representative is on campus on a regular basis to provide transfer assistance to GCC’s 6,800 students.

“The partnership between the University of Maryland University College and Gloucester County College allows our students to have access to the four-year college’s academic advisors, helping to make the progression from associate degree to bachelor’s degree a smooth transition,” said GCC President Frederick Keating. “With more than 50 undergraduate online programs available, our graduates are able to easily transfer their college credits, in addition to receiving scholarship opportunities and a waived application fee.”

UMUC has a team dedicated to supporting students who transfer from community colleges in Maryland and nationwide. Since establishing its first alliance agreement in 1996, the university has signed agreements with all 16 of Maryland’s community colleges and boasts alliances with more than 80 institutions nationwide. University leaders estimate that more than half of UMUC’s enrolled students transfer from two-year schools.

About University of Maryland University College
University of Maryland University College (UMUC), headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the largest public university in the United States, serving 92,000 students and offering more than 120 undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. In addition, UMUC is one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation. UMUC takes pride in its 65-year history of service to the military and currently enrolls an estimated 50,000 military service members, veterans, and their dependents each year. The university offers face-to-face instruction at 20 locations throughout Maryland, as well as educational services in 28 countries and territories and more than 150 locations worldwide, including the Middle East. UMUC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland, an agency of the State of Maryland.

About Gloucester County College
Gloucester County College is a comprehensive, co-educational, two-year college sponsored by the residents of Gloucester County through the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The College is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. GCC seeks to assist each person in the development of a career, while at the same time developing humanistic values and encouraging personal enrichment. GCC is dedicated to its community and accepts the responsibility of providing post-secondary educational opportunities to all who seek them. GCC provides college and university transfer programs, career education, community services, and special assistance programs. The College seeks to bring higher education within the geographic and financial reach of all residents.