The Personalized Connections and Community Model: A Partnership between University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and PeopleGrove

Concurrent Session 5

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Brief Abstract

Mentorship and advising relationships are shown to improve student success and career outcomes. Today's online learners long to supplement their learning with real-world advisers and experts. 
But how do we make these connections both virtual and personal at the same time?

Join us to learn how the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) and PeopleGrove have partnered to launch CareerQuest, exemplifying a new paradigm -- The Personalized Connections and Community Model.


Adam is the co-founder of PeopleGrove and has served as its Chief Executive Officer since inception. His team has worked with the world's best traditional and nontraditional universities, including Stanford, Michigan, UMUC and PSU World Campus, to help every student succeed professionally and personally. He previously worked at Google as a Business Analyst from 2013 to 2014, performing data analysis as well as informing strategic decisions for the Online Partnerships Group (OPG). Prior to Google, he served as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Global Technology Group of Credit Suisse. During this time, he advised a number of fast-growing and established software and Internet companies. Specifically, he worked on the IPOs of both Rocket Fuel and He holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Extended Abstract

Many are questioning the value of a college education. Only half of US alumni strongly agree their education was worth the cost. Why? The way students value and experience their education has changed. They have new expectations:

  • Job outcomes, not just a degree
  • Social and digital, not isolated and static
  • Experiential, not theoretical

Additionally, supportive relationships most influenced, even doubled, graduates’ perception that their education was worth the cost (source: Gallup). Discover how PeopleGrove and UMUC have partnered to provide students and alumni with personalized career connections and mentoring opportunities at scale, enhancing career outcomes and driving student success.