USM Strategic 2010-2020 Planning Process

The University System of Maryland (USM) is developing a successor to its 10-year strategic plan, "The USM in 2010: Responding to the Challenges that Lie Ahead." The original plan first was approved by the USM Board of Regents in 1999 before a 2004 revision. Scheduled to provide a strategic framework for the USM through December 2010, the plan contains four overarching System goals:

Meeting the changing and expanding educational needs of Maryland and our state's growing, increasingly diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional student population;

Positioning Maryland as a national leader in science and technology, the arts and humanities, and the professions. Serving the public good by enhancing the quality of life of all Marylanders and advancing the state's economic growth, sustainable development, and international competitiveness;

Achieving national eminence in research, scholarship, teaching, and service;

Becoming widely recognized for the effective and efficient stewardship of our resources.

As the USM develops its new strategic plan, it is critical that the System assess progress under these overarching goals and identify the major challenges facing Maryland and its public higher education system during the decade leading to 2020. To help do this, the USM and its institutions will be putting together a series of white papers that explore key issues and challenges facing the USM over the next ten years. Links to working drafts of the white papers will be included below as they become available.

To gain greater stakeholder input into the planning process, the Board of Regents is asking anyone with suggestions for the new plan to share their ideas. Suggestions can be sent to These suggestions will be considered by the Board and USM staff as the plan is developed.

Working drafts of white papers commissioned for the 2010-2020 plan currently available for comment include:

The USM Strategic Plan 2010-2020 (Adopted by the Board of Regents 12/3/2010)
Attributes of the Academic Model of the Future and the Implications for the USM
Increasing Educational Attainment in Maryland
Competitiveness-Related Recommendations Developed by Recent USM & State Groups
Proposal to the BOR and USM Institutions for Developing the "Maryland Compact on Student Learning and Leadership Development"
Providing Quality Health Care for Maryland Citizens
Promoting Maryland's Economic Development: A Discussion of the USM's Strategic Role in Ensuring Economic Competitiveness