The USM in 2010:
to the Challenges that Lie Ahead
University of Maryland, College Park
Mission: As the State's comprehensive public research university, its
original land grant institution, and the legislatively-mandated flagship
institution of the USM, the University of Maryland, College Park serves
the citizens of the State through three broad-based mission areas of research,
teaching, and outreach. The university is the State's primary center for
graduate study and research, and it is responsible for advancing knowledge
through research, providing high quality undergraduate instruction across a
broad spectrum of academic disciplines, and extending service to all regions of
USM academic programs will evolve to meet the changing educational needs of
a growing and increasingly diverse undergraduate and graduate student population
and will enhance the quality of life for all Maryland citizens.
- Expand opportunities for students to take advantage of the special
resources and learning arrangements that are available at a world-class
research university and increase substantially the opportunities for
students to be involved in research with faculty members.
- By 2004, achieve an 80% participation rate of undergraduate students in
campus-based living/learning programs, new and cross-disciplinary education,
research activities, internships, independent study experiences, or special
projects with off-campus institutions.
- Support and encourage innovative course design that stresses student
participation, team-based problem solving, and technology enhancement and
ensure that high academic standards are maintained in all our courses.
- Hold annual increases in tuition and fees to 4% or less.
- Raise an endowment for undergraduate scholarships sufficient to ensure
that no student admitted to the University of Maryland is forced to leave
solely for economic reasons or has to work to an extent that hinders
- Increase the amount of scholarship/grant aid for graduate students and
reward achievement of diversity in allocating individual student aid and
block grant awards to programs.
- By 2004, increase the six-year graduation rate for all UM students to 70%;
increase the six-year graduation rate for African-American, Asian-American,
and Hispanic students to 60%, 70%, and 60% respectively; and increase the
five-year graduation rate for all full-time UM students to 85%.
- Significantly enhance academic advising for all students by making greater
use of peer mentoring, improving the availability of both faculty and
professional advisors, and increasing the use of technology in advising.
- Maintain a campus environment that promotes community involvement,
enhances the total educational experience, and fosters a lifelong
affiliation with the university.
- Bring every classroom up to an established minimum standard for
information technology capability and create special purpose information
technology enhanced classrooms and laboratories as required.
- Bring all students to a level of information technology proficiency
appropriate to their disciplinary needs. Establish information technology
fluency and information literacy requirements for all undergraduates.
- Develop strategies to increase the enrollment of undergraduate and
graduate ethnic minority students and improve their graduation rates.
- Expand undergraduate enrollment to meet growing demands by expanding the
campus programs offered at the Shady Grove Campus.
- Ensure a university environment that is inclusive as well as diverse and
that fosters a spirit of community among family, staff, and students.
USM research and scholarship will position Maryland as a national leader in
science, technology and other key areas, providing the knowledge and
infrastructure to ensure the State's continued economic growth, sustainable
development and international competitiveness.
- By 2004, be ranked among the nation's top 15 public research
- Increase the competitiveness of our faculty compensation packages to allow
us to recruit and retain the very best faculty and raise our average faculty
salaries to the 75th percentile of AAU public universities (85th percentile
of Carnegie I institutions).
- Continue to elevate the standards for appointment of new faculty and the
expectations for promotion and tenure of existing faculty to the level of
our peers, across all academic units.
- Develop strategies to maximize the quality and impact of our graduate and
research programs, as measured by national surveys of program excellence.
- Strengthen the university's biological science programs through the
selective investment of new resources in the university's
multi-disciplinary BioSciences Initiative.
- Strengthen the university's research programs in the computer sciences,
the information sciences, and technology and their impact on society by
building on current strengths and capitalizing on our proximity to
corporations and government laboratories that focus in this area.
- Build increased strength in the behavioral and social sciences supporting
research on major social and public policy issues.
- Ensure that the key programs in the liberal arts and humanities are
commensurate in quality and national reputation with our leading programs in
science and technology.
- Elevate the importance of preparing students for teaching careers and
engage faculty in the arts and sciences disciplines with those in education
to ensure high quality education for future teachers.
The USM will achieve its legislative mandate of national eminence and its
fundamental mission to serve the public good while carefully managing growth and
developing System resources.
- Achieve the MHEC funding guideline target of funding per FTE that is equal
to the average of our five peers: the University of California-Berkeley, the
University of Michigan, the University of Illinois, the University of
California-Los Angeles, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
- Develop a research and technology park close to campus that will leverage
campus, corporate, and agency strength to create a powerful center of
research excellence and promote economic development for the region.
- Expand the university's family of friends and alumni by developing
greater opportunities to reach out and to draw them back to campus and
communicating more effectively our accomplishments in which they can take
- Establish a fund raising organization that rivals that of our peer
institutions in both structure and performance, whose goal is to raise $125
million per year by 2004, and to double the number of alumni donors from
12,500 to 25,000.
- Examine the adequacy of current operating budgets and staffing levels for
fulfilling the missions of all campus units, and adjust as necessary as
resources allow and in line with university priorities.
- Engage the campus and local community in an update of the 1991 Campus
Master Plan to create the structure and vision for a campus of national
prominence that is aesthetically pleasing, environmentally sound, and meets
the operational needs of the university.
- Aggressively promote appropriate development concepts for the area east of
Baltimore Avenue as a high quality college town environment including
retail, office, and residential facilities with an increased hotel and
restaurant capacity and cultural opportunities.
- Promote a strong "customer-first" orientation in all campus
units that demands and delivers the highest quality of customer service in
all administrative processes to every internal and external client and
continually monitors customer satisfaction.
- Develop comprehensive short and long-term strategies to work with the USM,
the Governor, and key members of the General Assembly to achieve funding of
the university's highest priority capital projects.