The University System of Maryland practices shared governance. The chancellor and other system administrators consult regularly with the legislatively-mandated, system-wide representative bodies. These groups are the:
Council of University System Presidents
An advisory group to the USM chancellor, the Council of University System Presidents comprises the presidents of USM's 12 institutions.
Council of University System Faculty
CUSF the official body of faculty from the USM to advise the System and the Regents on University Matters.
Council of University System Staff
The USM Council of University System Staff (CUSS) provides non-faculty employees of the University System of Maryland with a voice in the governance of the system.
System of Maryland Student Council
The USMSC provides a vehicle to ensure that the System leadership is aware of student perspectives and responsive to student concerns and issues
University System of Maryland Communications Council
The University System of Maryland Communications Council (USMCC) comprises the chief communications officers from the system office and each of the USM institutions. Council members develop public messages in support of systemwide initiatives, and develop strategies and tactics for message dissemination; share best practices in communications; and engage in professional development.
USM Women's Forum
The Women's Forum brings together the women of the University System of Maryland in order to enhance the status of women, to foster networking among women and to encourage the participation of women in all facets of the System.
USM P20 is a collaborative effort among all segments of the educational community. The goal of the Partnership is to give all students in the state the very best public education by setting high standards for teaching and learning.
Information Technology Coordinating Council
The University System of Maryland (USM) Information Technology Coordinating Council shall coordinate information technology activities of the USM that transcend an individual campus. It is a forum for collaboration, communication, and joint action on information technology issues within the USM.
System Research Administrators' Group (SRAG)
SRAG members are those individuals who are responsible for administering research grants and contracts. The group was established as a means to share the ways they are responding to changes in federal or State administrative rules, to clarify reporting requirements, and to propose changes in