The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state's public
higher education system. Benefiting students, as well as Maryland
and its citizens, USM:
- Offers expansive access to affordable, high-quality educational opportunities.
- Performs groundbreaking research.
- Instills a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Promotes economic growth and workforce development.
- Provides vital services to communities and individuals.
- Partners with business, governments, nonprofits, and other organizations to improve quality of life.
The university system comprises 12 institutions, two regional higher education
centers, and a system office. USM's programs and activities have a significant
impact on the quality of life in Maryland, creating social and economic benefits
for people throughout the state and beyond.
EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION
As a system of higher education, USM creates a dynamic environment
that is helping to power Maryland, the nation, and the world forward.
USM is a recognized leader in many areas. These include academic and
research excellence, innovation, economic and workforce development,
and the effective and efficient use of resources.
Highly ranked academic universities and programs,
outstanding faculty and staff, and innovative academic
models are all hallmarks of USM. Providing highquality
and affordable academic programs and
increasing student retention and completion rates
are among the system's top priorities. USM offers
hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and
certificate programs. Furthermore, USM's William E.
Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is researching,
developing, and implementing strategies and practices
to help increase students' academic success.
USM faculty and staff continue to fuel research and
discovery, attracting more than $1 billion in external
grants and contracts annually. USM research is
advancing understanding in many areas, including
bioinformatics, cybersecurity, environmental science,
food science, photonics, the social sciences, and
Economic and Workforce Development
USM plays a major role in the state's and the region's
economic and workforce development. USM
institutions address critical workforce shortage
areas, especially those related to STEM (science,
technology, engineering, mathematics). At least
two-thirds of the state's STEM degrees are awarded
by USM institutions. The system also advances
commercialization and technology transfer. For
example, USM institutions have facilitated the launch
of more than 300 companies since 2011.
Effective Use of Resources
Since the launch of its Effectiveness and Efficiency
Initiative in 2004, USM has saved more than $544
million. In addition, USM leads the state in sustainability
efforts with more than 50 facilities constructed
and/or planned as LEED-certified "Silver" or higher.
In 2015, USM launched E & E 2.0, the next generation
of its Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative.
Each year USM students, staff, and faculty contribute
more than a million hours of service to the community
through cultural programs, legal and medical clinics,
partnerships with public schools and the business
community, and other initiatives.
Undergraduate Students: 120,295 (126,344 worldwide)
Graduate/Professional Students: 41,705 stateside (41,782 worldwide)
Full-time Faculty: 8,747
Part-time Faculty: 6,591
Staff (various categories): 23,419
Facilities: 100 sites
Buildings: Nearly 1,000, including 20 libraries
Operating Budget: $5.13 billion
Map of USM Institutions
2015-2016 USM Profile
The mission of the University System of Maryland is to improve the quality of life for the people of Maryland by providing a comprehensive range of high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities; engaging in research and scholarship that expand the boundaries of current knowledge; and providing knowledge-based programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the citizens of the state and the nation.
USM fulfills its mission through the effective and efficient management of its resources and the focused missions and activities of each of its component institutions.
Vision -- "The USM in 2010" Revisited: An Update of the USM Strategic Plan
The vision of USM is to be a preeminent system of public higher education, admired around the world for its leadership in promoting and supporting education at all levels, fostering the discovery and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the state and nation, and instilling in all members of its community a respect for learning, diversity, and service to others.
USM Board of Regents
USM Strategic Plan
USM Councils and Workgroups
Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative