The University of Maryland is committed to "inclusive excellence"—the notion that in order to educate our students with excellence, in order to foster outstanding research and scholarship, and in order to be national and global leaders, we must be diverse and inclusive.
Facilities Management plans, designs, constructs, equips, maintains and operates buildings, infrastructure and grounds, and provides related services to support the University's mission of education, research and public service.
Welcome to this special page for the Flagship 2020 Commission. My charge to this Commission is to chart a road map to competitive excellence—to become a top 10 flagship university, “equal to the best in the nation,” as our State mandate reads. Working collaboratively, the Commission’s charge is to chart a five-year strategic course for the University of Maryland; to better align financial resources with institutional priorities; to recommend improved ways to learn and teach, conduct research, and translate ideas into social and/or economic ventures; to explore how our administrative services might be improved and streamlined to better support our core academic missions; and to propose ways to increase our revenue streams.
The University of Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State is a collaboration between the state of Maryland’s two most powerful public research institutions: the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). It leverages the sizable strengths and complementary missions of both institutions to strengthen Maryland’s innovation economy, advance interdisciplinary research, create opportunities for students, and solve important problems for the people of Maryland and the nation. Working together, UMB and UMCP achieve INNOVATION and IMPACT through COLLABORATION.
The Discovery District will be the epicenter of academic, research and economic achievement and will strengthen existing research partnerships, retain a pipeline of talent locally and offer more experiences for residents, faculty, staff and students. Featuring attractions like The Hotel at the University of Maryland and a unique food, arts and entertainment experience envisioned by Scott Plank of WarHorse Cities, the Discovery District will be a hub of activity. The Discovery District encompasses more than 150 acres that stretch from Baltimore Avenue to the research-rich and metro accessible community along River Road.
College Park is booming. Over 30 projects, including The Hotel at the University of Maryland, four new academic buildings and new downtown amenities, are under way. The boom—called Greater College Park—is the result of cooperative work between the city, Prince George’s County, state, private developers and the university. Greater College Park links dynamic academic buildings, a public-private research hub and vibrant downtown community. The progress is the realization of the University District Vision, a collaborative effort spearheaded by the College Park City-University Partnership that also features sustainability, transportation, schools and safety.
In 2008, the University of Maryland published Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations, its new 10-year Strategic Plan. Driven by the pursuit of excellence, the University of Maryland has enjoyed a remarkable rise in accomplishment and reputation over the past two decades. By any measure, Maryland is now one of the nation's preeminent public research universities and on a path to become one of the world's best. To fulfill this promise, we must capitalize on our momentum, fully exploit our competitive advantages, and pursue ambitious goals with great discipline and entrepreneurial spirit. This promise is within reach. This strategic plan is our working agenda.
The University of Maryland Office of Sustainability supports and advances environmental performance, economic prosperity and social equality through a variety of initiatives. The staff facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable policies, practices and curricula for the campus community. The office was formed in the summer of 2007 following the signing of the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment. The university has had a long standing commitment to environmental stewardship.
The Thriving Workplace Initiative, sponsored by the Office of the President, is an effort to make the University of Maryland the best place to work. The initiative aspires to create a thriving work environment and a culture of engagement and inclusion among all UMD employees. Engaged employees work with passion, feel a profound connection to their workplace and are empowered to succeed.