UMUC will not leave the University System of Maryland [Letter]

As reported in your article of July 10 ("UMUC considering plan to become independent non-profit with ties to university system"), I have initiated a global community dialogue on a report from a volunteer team of outside business leaders that recommended changes to our business model in response to the revolutionary transformation taking place in online higher education.

But let me make clear to your readers what I told our faculty and staff at a global town hall on July 10:

•UMUC will not become a for-profit entity;

•UMUC will not leave the University System of Maryland;

•Our public mission, enshrined in state statute to be Maryland's open-access university providing quality and affordable higher education to adult learners across the state, will not change;

•No recommendation will be put forth to the chancellor and the Board of Regents for consideration until leadership has an opportunity to evaluate input from our community.

As a member since its inception, we highly value our place within the University System of Maryland, one of the most respected entities in all of American higher education. This is and will continue to be integral to our success.

Javier Miyares, Adelphi

The writer is president of University of Maryland University College.

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