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2013 University Retreat

leadership-word-cloudUMBC’s strategic plan, Our UMBC: A Strategic Plan for Advancing Excellence, successfully launched during the fall University Retreat, where President Hrabowski and special guests Chancellor William E. ‘Brit’ Kirwan and University of Maryland, Baltimore President Jay Perman acknowledged the importance of thinking strategically as the university positions itself to achieve the next level of excellence, especially as the institution approaches its 50th anniversary.

Provost Philip Rous opened the two-day discussions and workshops highlighting the value of “planning to plan” throughout the year and how integral it has been in informing the direction for the planning process. Dr. Rous also expressed desire for an engaged and inclusive planning process. “In keeping with our Guiding Principles, the design of the planning process places the campus community at the center of strategy conversations,” he said. “Faculty, staff, students and alumni will be encouraged to participate as members of strategy groups and advisory groups.”

Throughout the Retreat, faculty, staff and student attendees participated in exercises to enhance the information collected in the campus-wide survey and provide additional perspectives through polls and discussion questions in group and individual settings.

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Retreat Presentations

Theme Team Reports

Data Galleries

Selected posters from the August 2013 University Retreat Data Gallery are available on the  Office of Institutional Research website.

Background Materials


Powering Maryland Forward: USM’s 2020 Plan for More Degrees, A Stronger Innovation Economy, A Higher Quality of Life »

Powering Maryland Forward is the University System of Maryland’s (USM’s) focused and substantive response to the education, economic, and leadership challenges faced by our state and our nation. Approved unanimously by the USM Board of Regents on December 3, 2010, the 10-year strategic plan lays out the system’s goals and strategies to help the State of Maryland maximize its potential to become a national leader in both college completion and economic innovation.

UMBC USM Strategic Plan Implementation Narrative »

In this narrative, we describe recent progress in implementing plans for contributing to USM’s strategic goals. As a growing research university focused on national eminence and quality, UMBC strongly endorses the USM strategic plan’s goals of increasing college completion and enhancing research and economic competitiveness.

Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation’s Prosperity and Security »

This report presents strategies for ensuring that our nation’s research universities contribute strongly to America’s prosperity, security and national goals, and provides a course of action for ensuring our universities continue to produce the knowledge, ideas and talent the U.S. needs to be a global leader. Widely considered the best in the world, our nation’s research universities today confront significant financial pressures, important advances in technology, a changing demographic landscape, and increased international competition.

US Higher Education Outlook Negative in 2013 »

The 2013 outlook for the entire US higher education sector is negative, including the market-leading, research-driven colleges and universities, says Moody’s Investors Service in its annual industry outlook. Previously Moody’s had a stable outlook for these leading institutions and a negative outlook for the rest of the sector since 2009. Moody’s perceives mounting fiscal pressure on all key university revenue sources.

UMBC Strategic Framework for 2016 »

The Strategic Framework for 2016, created from discussion and analysis among members of the 2003 Planning Leadership Team, was created to guide UMBC’s short-term and long-term planning and resource allocation over the past 13 years.