The University System of Maryland (USM) Strategic Plan will serve as a blueprint for the USM’s future, articulating where we are and where we want to be. It will detail how we’ll achieve our vision, how we’ll gauge our progress, and what values are indispensable to our success.
Higher education faces disruption on a scale and of a scope none of us has seen firsthand, forcing us to reconsider questions foundational to our work: Who are our students? Why and how do they learn? What’s the value of the education we provide? The size and pace of change will test our strategic planning, as we set out to envision the future landscape and how the USM will lead through it.
This strategic plan will focus on the next five years, while positioning the University System to address potential challenges 10-plus years into the future. The planning process entails talking with the USM’s many stakeholders, documenting our existing strengths and opportunities for impact, and developing and prioritizing our strategic themes, goals, and strategies. A final plan will be submitted to the USM Board of Regents Strategic Planning Working Group in June 2022.
This planning process—and, of course, the plan itself—will be made immeasurably better by your ideas and perspectives. The comment box on this page is for you. Tell us what sets the USM apart and what stops us from achieving our potential. Tell us what barriers the USM faces and which assets we could leverage to dismantle them. Tell us why the USM has value, and what we can do to amplify it.
Strategic planning has never been more important. We'll be updating this site regularly throughout the year, so we hope you'll check back in often and tell us what you think about our plan to move the USM forward.