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Strategic Plan Implementation: Second Year (FY 2010)

September 7, 2010

To the University Community:
Implementation Details

Executive Summary

Progress Details

Resource Reallocation

Task Forces, Teams, Councils, Committees

The Planning Process

Strategic Plan for Diversity

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Together we have completed the first two years of implementation of the University's Strategic Plan, Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations, and we have taken significant steps toward advancing our standing among world-class research universities. The strategic plans developed by our colleges and schools reflect the vision in the University Strategic Plan and provide specific goals and priorities which guide policy and resource allocation decisions. New initiatives, being carried out at all levels in the University, are making a positive difference every day and have placed the University on an accelerated path toward achieving new heights.

The success of our implementation efforts is a tribute to the extraordinary commitment of the members of our community - faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends - who are contributing their time, talents, energy, and financial support to help achieve the ambitious goals of the Plan.

I am pleased to report on the accomplishments of last year. These successes are all the more remarkable given the difficult financial climate. Although budget reductions continued for a third year, and furloughs for faculty and staff continued for a second year, we launched a number of new initiatives to improve the quality of our education programs, hired outstanding new faculty, expanded our research and scholarship programs, and received a record level of new external research awards.

I hope you share my enormous sense of pride in achieving these common goals. It is my great privilege to work with you in our pursuit of the University's vision.

Respectfully,
Nariman Farvardin
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


YEAR-TWO IMPLEMENTATION HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Enrollment confirmations indicate that the Fall 2010 freshman class will have a higher academic profile than the record-setting Fall 2009 class and will be more diverse than any freshman class since Fall 1992 (the earliest date for which these data are available).
  • An exciting and challenging new General Education program was approved by the University Senate and the President, and faculty committees are preparing detailed implementation plans for presentation to the Senate. The signature component of the new program, dubbed I-Series courses, was piloted in Spring 2010 with tremendous success.
  • The newly created Honors College, combining existing and additional special programs, is enrolling students in Fall 2010 with two new programs: (i) Digital Cultures and Creativity, and (ii) Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
  • The Diversity Planning Steering Committee submitted its report, Transforming Maryland: Expectations for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusiveness, to the President in Summer 2010 and will present it to the Senate at its first meeting in the fall. The report renews the University's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the educational and work environment, and it outlines major goals, strategies, and recommendations, e.g., that a Chief Diversity Officer be appointed by the President with responsibility for implementation of the plan.
  • The Graduate School and the Provost's Office completed a comprehensive 16-month review of the quality and capacity of campus doctoral programs and, in consultation with colleges, set targets for annual 'new enrollment' and 'total enrollment' for each program which will take effect in Fall 2010.
  • A record $545 million of new sponsored research awards was received in FY 2010. Research and educational opportunities will be further enhanced by new cooperative agreements with major private and public sector partners, including Lockheed Martin, NASA-Goddard, the National Cancer Institute, and the Smithsonian Institution.
  • A second year of resource reallocation was completed, supporting a number of strategic priorities. The University appointed 75 outstanding new faculty members in FY 2010, supported in part by reallocation funds from the previous year. This is the most diverse group of new faculty recruited in the past ten years.
  • The creation of the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (IBBR) brings 19 new faculty members to the University along with opportunities for collaboration among the University of Maryland, College Park; the University of Maryland, Baltimore; and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • Significant improvements in educational facilities include the completion of the new state-of-the-art journalism building, Knight Hall, as well as major renovations of Tawes Hall and the School of Public Health building. In addition, the seventh building in South Campus Commons was completed, construction of the 700-bed Oakland Hall is on schedule for completion in Fall 2011, and ground has been broken for a Physical Sciences Complex.
  • A strategic plan for the Libraries was completed, and implementation efforts currently underway include rebuilding electronic collections, renovation of McKeldin Library, and improvements in electronic access to information. Part of the second floor of McKeldin was transformed into the "Terrapin Learning Commons," providing flexible space for group study, access to technology, and other support. A new student technology fee in FY 2011 will generate significant new funds to be used exclusively for the Libraries.
  • Maryland alumni continued their support of the University, including generous support for emergency financial grants to students in the Keep Me Maryland program.
  • Awards to Maryland students in prestigious national scholarship competitions nearly doubled from FY 2009 to FY 2010, and were quadruple the FY 2008 level. The University ranks among the best in the nation in Goldwater, Boren, and Udall competitions.


Please see the links on the left for a full description of year-two implementation activities.