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Agreement Between California State University and University of Maryland University College
Helps Pave Way to College for Servicemembers

(June 5, 2008)– Each month, thousands of United States servicemembers are discharged from active duty and return or move to California. At the same time, thousands move or are deployed from California to overseas military service. Now, through a joint memorandum of understanding between the California State University and University of Maryland University College (UMUC), these military personnel will have easy access to complete general education and specific degree programs of both universities.

The collaboration between the California State University system and UMUC will provide curricular “roadmaps” for servicemembers to complete their degrees in each institution’s most popular disciplines including business administration, psychology, computer science and information systems management.

“We want the young men and women in the military to be able to complete their college education in a timely, efficient and easily accessible way,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “Whether still enlisted or returning home, our servicemembers are welcome at the California State University and we will do everything possible to help them to complete their education.”

UMUC enrolls 90,000 students worldwide, including more active-duty U.S. military personnel than any other senior higher education institution. Many of these men and women have started their higher education, and most have access to Tuition Assistance Programs while on active duty and Montgomery G.I. Benefits upon discharge. About ten percent of all U.S. military personnel are from California, and about one-tenth of all U.S. military personnel are stationed in the state.

“We are tremendously pleased to cooperate with the California State University in helping make education more accessible for members of the U.S. military,” said Dr. Susan C. Aldridge, president of UMUC. “We are proud of our long history of providing educational opportunities to U.S. troops both stateside and abroad, and we welcome this agreement, which promises to improve the service our universities can offer our men and women in uniform.”

Under the agreement, CSU campuses will accept transfer credits earned at UMUC with clear guidance about general education courses required of all students seeking bachelor’s degrees. In turn, UMUC will accept transfer credits earned at the CSU and apply them toward a UMUC bachelor’s degree.

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University of Maryland University College, headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, is the second-largest university in Maryland, serving 90,000 students worldwide and offering 132 undergraduate and graduate programs online and on-site. In addition, UMUC’s enrollment is ranked second among four-year degree granting public universities in the U.S., and is one of the largest public providers of online higher education in the nation. UMUC boasts a 60-year history of service to the military and offers face-to-face instruction at 21 locations throughout Maryland and educational services at more than 120 locations overseas, including the Middle East. The university 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.

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

Last Update: June 06, 2008

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