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We partner to advance the public good

Our future is tied to and interconnected with our local, state, national, and international partners. We will create and sustain partnerships that allow our research to have impact locally and globally, our education to prepare students for civic engagement and impact, and our service to create solutions for a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient world.

Fearlessly Forward Initiatives

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Discovery District

Since its founding in 2004, UMD’s research park has dramatically grown in size and scope. The Discovery District today features many private and governmental organizations with thousands of employees working in more than 2 million square feet of office space.

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Discovery District

It encompasses cutting-edge startups, longstanding firms, co-working space, a public charter school, stylish eateries, a top-flight hotel and much more. The University of Maryland is strengthening support and finding new ways to integrate the Discovery District into the broader campus, optimizing collaborative research and educational opportunities, securing larger funding awards through public-private partnerships and continuing to enable the growth of startup companies.

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Welcoming Students from Prince George's and Baltimore

The university is accelerating efforts to support students in Prince George’s County and Baltimore high schools seeking admission to UMD.

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Welcoming Students from Prince George's and Baltimore

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers opportunities for engagement with these underrepresented populations, including workshops, seminars and recruitment events for students, school counselors and families. Its Maryland Ascent Program assists students and families navigating the college admission process. Beyond an established partnership with the Prince George’s Office of College Readiness, it is pursuing partnerships with community-based organizations in both jurisdictions. 

In addition, the College of Education, led by the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement, has developed a long-term strategic partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools addressing issues of equity and achievement:

    • Launched a mathematics improvement network in several schools.

    • Offered online UMD dual-enrollment math courses to high school seniors.

    • Graduated administrators in the School Leadership Ed.D. program and teachers from the Teacher Leader Certificate program.

    • Trained teachers in remote teaching skills and administrators in Improvement Science strategies.

    • Developed a yearlong pre-teaching residency model, mentor teacher academy and career ladder framework.

Strategic Commitment Goals

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Goal 1

Expand our impact through strategic research partnerships with local, state, national, and global stakeholders.

Goal 1

Expand our impact through strategic research partnerships with local, state, national, and global stakeholders.

Objectives

  • Create more flexible structures for collaborative, multidisciplinary research, and creative activities that are responsive to grand challenges and state priorities.
  • Accelerate collaboration within the national capital region to ensure our scholarship has an immediate and meaningful impact on policy and practice.
  • Realize the possibilities of “MPowering the State” in partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore to strengthen and serve the state of Maryland through collaborative and transformative research and instruction.
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Goal 2

Catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship for inclusive economic development.

Goal 2

Catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship for inclusive economic development.

Objectives

  • Improve the vitality of the state of Maryland by growing and supporting the next generation of diverse innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, artists, and small businesses.
  • Facilitate the transfer of technology and commercialization of our greatest discoveries.
  • Coordinate and grow our innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem on campus and in the Discovery District.
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Goal 3

Enhance the economy, educational outcomes, social justice, quality of life, and civic engagement of our neighbors and neighborhoods through relationship-building and ongoing commitment to partnerships.

Goal 3

Enhance the economy, educational outcomes, social justice, quality of life, and civic engagement of our neighbors and neighborhoods through relationship-building and ongoing commitment to partnerships.

Objectives

  • Ensure our university is an engaged and responsive partner with the city of College Park, Prince George’s County, and the state of Maryland as together we seek to improve the quality of life and full participation of our citizenry.
  • Grow and strengthen our partnerships to enhance the PK-20 educational ecosystem for the state.
  • Create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to become involved in state and local civic engagement.

FEARLESSLY FORWARD IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AND IMPACT FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD: THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND STRATEGIC PLAN  is a living document and will evolve and grow as we do. Please visit this site to follow our progress as we move fearlessly forward.

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