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Welcome to the ELITE website! ELITE team is committed to providing excellence and leadership to the diverse MC community in the areas of instructional professional development, learning technology support and college-wide academic initiatives. We hold ourselves accountable to seek and provide practical, innovative solutions to enhance the learning experience of faculty, staff and students.

You can now access workshop material through The Hubnew window, which serves as an online repository of teaching tips and strategies created by Montgomery College faculty and to provide a virtual space for faculty to discuss innovative teaching ideas. 

Need to record videos for your class or for your department projects? The One Button Studio (OBS) is a simplified video recording setup that you can use to create high-quality video projects without having any previous experience with computers, software, lights, or cameras. Take the One Button Studio Tour!

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Best Criminal Justice Degree - STEPS

MC has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation for online public service degree programs. Just under 6 percent of postsecondary institutions received this honor in 2022. 

RENO, Nev. (PRWEB) May 17, 2022 - Montgomery College has been ranked one of the year’s best schools for online degrees in public service by STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service). Just under 6 percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. earned a ranking position.

See where MC ranked on the full list by visiting Best Online Associate Degrees in Criminal window

“STEPS wanted to find the colleges with the best overall public service education available online. This included degree programs with top-notch academics, support services for students and affordability of enrollment,” said Kyle Smith, community outreach specialist at STEPS. “Identifying and acknowledging these schools is critical as more students look toward online higher education options in a post-pandemic era.”

This ranking comes at a time when enrollment in online degree programs is on the rise. A recent study from market research company, Technavio, found that online higher education has the potential to grow by 20 percent over the next four years. 

“MC is one of the few colleges today prioritizing online learning to meet student demand,” said Smith. "Adding online programs also promotes diversity in higher education, opening doors to those who may not have easy access to a campus-based classroom.”

STEPS analyzed multiple datasets from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), as well as data collected from the schools themselves. Key data points used to identify top schools include the following: 

  • Number of online programs in a given subject area
  • Tuition and fees per academic year
  • Percentage of students receiving institutional financial aid
  • Existence of academic counseling
  • Offering of career placement services

STEPS vetted an estimated 7,700 postsecondary institutions to create its rankings. To qualify, a college or university must hold active regional accreditation from an agency approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and have at least one partially online public service program.


STEPS new windowstarted in 2019 with the goal of connecting students with valuable and informative resources to help them get their degrees and find satisfying careers in public service. These free guides range from connecting students with online schools to breaking down options for affording a degree. 

Blackboard has reorganized the My Institution Tab and replaced this feature with a streamlined interface called Base Navigation. On Thursday, May 19, 20222, the new Base Nav Menu will appear.

The Ultra Base Navigation is the experience you have outside of a course. Blackboard removed all of the My Institution tabs and modules and created a streamlined menu (Ultra Base Navigation), which includes the Institution area and several other features.  

Although the interface looks different, base navigation does not impact the design of your course.  In addition, your course building experience remains unchanged, and you retain all the same features that were previously in your Blackboard course.  For students, the navigation experience within a course remains the same, the only difference is the streamlined menu that Blackboard has added which replaces the My Institution Tab. 

Please see documents below for more information:

MC Forward Podcastnew window is a leadership podcast hosted by Dr. Michael Mills and focuses on Montgomery College individuals leading from where they are. Each podcast is about 20 minutes long to allow for individuals to listen while driving, exercising, or eating lunch.


To learn more about ELITE, select one of the options below.
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Professional Development
Learn about our workshops, classes, and programs. ELITE offers several learning pathway certificate programs every year.
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Take a look at our calendar to see what workshops and classes ELITE is offering for all employees.
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Online Teaching Trainings
Looking to teach online? Find out how to get started with Blackboard, the Learning Management System that the College uses for online classes.