University System of Maryland to Launch New Home Page July 1

ADELPHI, Md. (June 30, 2008) - The University System of Maryland (USM) has redesigned its home enhance navigation and provide easy-to-find links to the site's information resources and documents. The new page and site will launch on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, marking the celebration of the system's 20th anniversary.

The redesigned home page will feature new rotating graphics highlighting significant initiatives and accomplishments of the system. In addition, USM staff, media, and the public will find links to the most frequently requested web pages in the new "Fast Forward" section.

USM will routinely update the rotating graphics and "Fast Forward" to direct visitors to "in-demand" web pages and timely resources on the site, such as the University System of Maryland Foundation (USMF); USM's reports and statistics; recent articles and speeches by USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan; legislative updates during the General Assembly; and progress reports tracking the system's accountability initiatives. The home page will continue to feature prominent links to USM's 13 institutions as well as current news from around the system.

"The USM web site serves many audiences-our staff and faculty, members of the press, public officials, and in- and out-of-state students seeking information about our universities," said Anne Moultrie, USM's associate vice chancellor of communications. "In addition, we want the system's accomplishments and initiatives to be transparent to the public. Our redesign balances these needs and makes information more readily-accessible for our constituencies while communicating our multi-faceted mission more clearly to the public."

July 1, 2008, marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of USM from the merger of the five University of Maryland institutions and the six members of the State University and College System of Maryland. In the two decades since its creation, USM has crossed significant milestones in its growth and service while enhancing access, affordability, and excellence in public higher education for the citizens of Maryland. Click here for more information about USM's 20 years of accomplishment.

Contact: John Buettner
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