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Community Open Forums Announced for UMD Strategic Planning Process

By Maryland Today Staff

Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice sent the following email to the campus community today:

Strategic planning at the University of Maryland presents an important moment in our history for us to examine our current state and to evaluate strengths and trends across campus and across the evolving higher education landscape. It also presents a critical opportunity for us to engage as a campus community to consider new ways to have an impact in learning, research and service.

Our plan will be a blueprint for the future of the University of Maryland that emphasizes inclusive excellence and inspires innovation and collaboration to address grand challenges and advance the common good.

Our planning process has involved 180 members of our community, including faculty, staff, students and community members, who have served on our strategic planning committees focused on the following key areas:

  • Academic excellence
  • Discovery, creativity and innovation
  • Student experience
  • Access and student success
  • Operations and resources
  • Strategic partnership

    Community Feedback: Open Forums
    The strategic planning process reflects our commitment to transparency and clarity, through consistent engagement with the campus community. Hundreds of you have provided input by answering our questions on the strategic planning website. Your input has strengthened and expanded the work of the planning committees.

    To provide more opportunity for input, we will host two strategic planning open forums to share some of our progress. Both forums will cover the same content:

      Please mark your calendars now. Invitations will be emailed separately within the next few days. Once you have responded to the invitation, you will receive Zoom information for the forum you choose to attend.

      Next Steps
      We are currently in Phase II of our strategic planning process, working to develop draft goals and objectives. We expect to synthesize this information and prepare a draft strategic plan by the end of the 2021 calendar year. The plan is expected to be finalized in early Spring 2022.

      I would like to thank all members of the strategic planning committees for their diligent and creative work, and every member of the campus community who has provided additional ideas, suggestions and feedback. Together, we can all make the University of Maryland a more respectful, inclusive and supportive place to live, work and learn.


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      Jennifer King Rice
      Senior Vice President and Provost

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