On March 22, 2017, University of Maryland University College was honored by the Maryland legislature with resolutions recognizing the institution's 70th anniversary. President Javier Miyares attended ceremonies in both chambers to accept the proclamations on behalf of the university.
Senate President Thomas V. "Mike" Miller Jr. and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch signed the respective resolutions, which read in part, "Be it hereby known to all that the [Senate of Maryland and House of Delegates] offers its sincerest congratulations to University of Maryland University College in recognition of 70 years of distinguished service educating adult learners in Maryland and the U.S. Armed Forces around the world."
Senator James Rosapepe introduced the resolution in the Senate by saying, "President Miyares leads an institution that, frankly, doesn't get as much attention as it should . . . UMUC became the first institution of higher education to serve the military around the world . . . [Today], online education is taken for granted, but 20 years ago UMUC was the leader in the U.S. and the world in bringing online instruction to higher education, and they still are major players and continue to innovate."
Senator Rosapepe went on to tout UMUC's initiative to eliminate publisher textbooks in virtually all classes and make open educational resources available to students at no cost.
"A bill we passed this year―that my colleagues all voted for―was about textbook cost savings. This came from UMUC, which became the first educational institution in Maryland [to offer open educational resources] . . . It's an honor to be here today to congratulate this distinguished institution."