University of Maryland College Park Program Review
The university aims to become a flagship institution in research, educational, cultural, and technological aspects and to interact on a mutually beneficial basis with businesses, government, and other educational institutions. The school wants to work towards advancing knowledge, providing innovative instruction, and encouraging an atmosphere of intellectual growth. Students are hoped to emerge from their educational programs with the skills and confidence to be successful in all their endeavors.
The University of Maryland has its beginnings back in 1856, and the forerunner of the school was called the Maryland Agricultural College. The university played an important part in the Civil War, providing lodging for soldiers from both sides of the conflict. Today, the University of Maryland is considered to be the flagship institution of the state of Maryland as well as a "Public Ivy" institution. Students can take 239 different graduate and undergraduate programs at the school’s College Park, Maryland campus.
The University of Maryland's location near Washington, D.C. has helped it to build strong research partnerships with many government agencies and businesses and many faculty are funded through these agencies. The university is well-ranked by a number of publications, falling at number 54 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of "national universities" and is 18th among public universities. It was also considered to have one of the nation's best first-year student experience as well as being in the top 20 research universities.
As of yet, the University of Maryland does not offer full degree programs through its continuing education school. Students can, however, take courses that will help them work towards a number of professional certifications. Working independently as well as with faculty in a series of four, ten-week sessions, students can earn certification in Public Health Informatics and Professional Studies in Food Safety Risk Analysis.