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Provost Invites Participation in Four Strategic Plan Committees

By Maryland Today Staff

University of Maryland Senior Vice President and Provost Jennifer King Rice on Monday invited members of the campus community to volunteer for one of four committees to guide the implementation of UMD’s strategic plan, “Fearlessly Forward: In Pursuit of Excellence and Impact for the Public Good.”

All UMD staff, students and faculty may self-nominate to participate through Aug. 1.

Rice said she will charge the four committees of 12-15 members in September. Each will deal with one of the strategic commitments in the plan crafted by the UMD community and launched in February:

  • We reimagine learning.
  • We take on grand challenges.
  • We invest in people and communities.
  • We partner to advance the common good.

Special Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Initiatives KerryAnn O'Meara will review the self-nominations, as well as recommendations provided through outreach to key campus stakeholders, and appoint members who are both representative of the UMD community and have needed expertise, Rice said.

Each of the committees will shape implementation of Fearlessly Forward by adding critical oversight, feedback and accountability, but they will not initiate or execute policy. Committees will meet a minimum of four times each year, twice in each semester and other times as needed.

Among the duties of the committees:

  1. Advising the provost on appropriate targets and metrics to assess progress;
  2. Reviewing campus initiatives directly and informally associated with this pillar of the strategic plan, and making recommendations regarding prioritization of initiatives for campus-level support;
  3. Providing input to the provost on critical enablers, campus engagement and opportunities for synergies and collaborations; and
  4. Ensuring we are accountable to achieving goals by reviewing data collected annually by UMD’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment.

“Broad participation in the strategic plan's implementation is critical to our success, and we hope this open call continues to encourage our community to engage with our strategic commitments,” Rice said.

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