UM University College closing German campus

January 10, 2002

The University of Maryland University College is closing its campus in Germany, saying it has failed to live up to expectations and is a financial drain at a time of state budget constraints.

University College, the system's distance education branch, created the campus in southwestern Germany in 1992 - forming the college's only overseas branch, other than classes at U.S. military posts. The campus was expected to have an enrollment of 800, but has only 260 students, with a full-time faculty of 15. Its $5 million budget is running a $300,000 deficit.

"We'd been at this for 10 years, and found it was not going to be viable financially," said UMUC spokesman David M. Freeman.

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