The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the state’s historically black 1890 land-grant institution, has its purpose and uniqueness grounded in distinctive learning, discovery and engagement opportunities.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), the State’s Historically Black 1890 Land Grant Institution, is a teaching, research, and doctoral institution that nurtures and launches leaders in a student-centered environment. Committed to providing high quality programs in an ethnically diverse environment, the University prepares students who will serve and shape the global economy. UMES is a growing, primarily residential university with a mission focused on learning, discovery, and engagement. This is consistent with valuing the scholarship of faculty in discovering new knowledge, and disseminating and applying it to the extended community. The University recognizes its responsibility for developing human potential, enriching cultural expressions , and sharing its expertise with individuals, businesses, educational, governmental, and non-governmental organizations . These aspirations are in accordance with UMES’ legacy and mission as Maryland’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution. Founded in 1886 under the aegis of the United Methodist Church, UMES is proud of its long history of continuous educational service.
One of the original purposes of the land-grant institutions, the education of citizens for life in the American economy (then, largely agrarian , but now more diverse), included the disciplines of agriculture and mechanical arts. UMES continues to embrace the original purposes as well as its current expansions to include the liberal arts, scientific, business, technological, and education and cooperative ventures with foreign universities, governmental and non governmental organizations, and private industries.
Through the University of Maryland Extension Service and the Agriculture Experiment Station, UMES works collaboratively with the University of Maryland College Park, the 1862 land-grant institution. The University’s expanding instructional technology infrastructure supports the increasing externally funded research grants generated by campus personnel.
Quick responses to the economic and educational needs of the region and the State characterize the role that the University plays. The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Program’s provision of well-trained personnel for state and national tourism industry, and the work of faculty researchers that relates to conservation and use of natural resources including water, plant, and animal diversity exemplify this responsiveness. The Rural Development Center provides timely responses to businesses and government requests for financial, technical, managerial, organizational, and internet assistance. The seafood, poultry, and fresh produce initiatives assist businesses with the development of procedures that maximize quality, safety, and profitability of food products through the use of applied research, certified training, and educational materials.
UMES engages in numerous collaborative efforts to (a) increase access and opportunity for a broad spectrum of students including the economically and educationally disadvantaged, low income adult learners, and first-generation college students; and (b) to meet other state needs. Collaborative educational connections with local school systems address the Professional Development Schools, The Redesign of Teacher Education (including the PreK-16 initiative), and other programs. For instance, UMES and Salisbury University collaboratively operate the Master of Arts in Teaching, the dual degree in Sociology/Social Work, and Biology/Environmental Science Programs.
UMES supports the Eastern Regional Higher Education Center (ERHEC) at Wye Mills. Specifically, the Department of Human Ecology and Chesapeake Community College have implemented a 2+2 Child Development Program that is offered via distance education. Further, Allegany Community College of Maryland, Frostburg State University, and UMES collaboratively offer HTM course work to the Western Region. Additionally, UMES’ Hospitality and Tourism program and Construction Management Technology program are offered at the USM Universities at Shady Grove.
UMES provides Special Education Programs, a teaching area of great state and national need, on the Eastern Shore at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University also has the only Agricultural Education and Technology Education Programs in Maryland. Access to the Salisbury-Ocean City Airport allows the Engineering and Aviation Sciences programs to establish strong links with airport personnel. Physical Therapy majors provide professional service alongside staff of McCready Hospital- a 16-bed acute-care rural hospital with a 60-bed nursing home- for home residents and hospital patients of Somerset County. Agricultural and Natural Science students and faculty leaders partner with local agricultural and aqua-cultural business persons, to conduct and apply appropriate research findings that improve their economic base. Career and Technology Education courses are offered outside of Princess Anne, such as in downtown Baltimore at the Maryland Center for Career and Technology Education Studies in the Baltimore Museum of Industry. These courses are targeted for technology education teachers who are seeking degrees and teacher certification. UMES offers the Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) and in Toxicology, in conjunction with other University System of Maryland institutions.
While the Carnegie Foundation classifies UMES as a Masters Small Programs, the University aspires to achieve Doctoral/Research University (DRU) classification. Consequently, UMES has developed and implemented freestanding doctoral degree programs in (a) Food Science & Technology, (b) Physical Therapy, (c) Organizational Leadership, (d) Educational Leadership, (e) Toxicology, and (f) Marine Estuarine and Environmental Sciences (System-wide). To respond to widespread regional and national health care needs, especially those in rural areas, a new school of Pharmacy and Health Professions (consisting of Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, and Rehabilitation Services) has been established at UMES.
Steven Neiheisel, Registrar
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