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UMUC gets 10-year contract to offer courses to U.S. service members

College estimates value of deal with Department of Defense at $250 million

By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun

5:05 PM EDT, July 8, 2013

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The University of Maryland University College announced Monday that the Department of Defense awarded it a 10-year contract to offer undergraduate and graduate courses to service members in Europe.

Although UMUC, based in Adelphi, offers extensive online programs, these classes will be held on military bases with professors. Service members pay the tuition, and UMUC estimates the contract will be worth about $250 million over the next decade. About half of UMUC students are overseas members of the military and their families, and the college has a current contract to do the same work.

The courses vary from undergraduate liberal arts classes to graduate courses in cyber security and master's degrees in business administration.

"We began sending faculty overseas in 1949. So it is extremely important to us, and we are honored to continue that tradition of serving the military," said Bob Ludwig, UMUC assistant vice president for media relations.

liz.bowie@baltsun.com