An Interview with Nicholas Allen

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Published 21 September 2007

Meeting Institutional Learning Technology Challenges at the University of Maryland University College:

An Interview with Nicholas Allen


For nearly a decade, until 1 April 2006, Nicholas (Nick) Allen served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the University of Maryland University College, one of the world's largest virtual universities with online enrollments reaching more than 153,000 in FY 2006. He joined the faculty in 1987 and has held numerous administrative positions at UMUC during his tenure, including dean of the University's Graduate School of Management and Technology, one of the largest schools of management in the country. Allen earned his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and three graduate degrees from Oklahoma City University and The George Washington University. He served 23 years in uniform, commanding two Coast Guard cutters and serving as a program manager at the Coast Guard Institute. After a one-year sabbatical, he will return as a professor in UMUC's graduate school as well as continuing to be a voice for the university and higher education as emeritus provost. Allen also serves on the Executive Strategic Council of the IMS Global Consortium. IMS Global recently spoke with Allen to learn his perspectives on higher education trends and the current state of post-secondary teaching and learning.

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