Serving the needs and aspirations of the 21st-century.
Making student success a core university priority
Providing distinctive graduate and professional education
Supporting faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity
Furthering the University's commitment to diversity
Ensuring the University's fiscal sustainability
Deploying USM's physical plant in support of the University's mission
THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS
Upon arrival at the university in July 2008, President Selma Botman announced a new strategic planning effort. Dr. Timothy Stevens, Special Assistant to the President for Planning and Project Development, oversaw development of the project and managed its execution.
The planning process began in the fall of 2008 with four Working Groups, including around 120 people and composed of a cross-section of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of the university. Each group focused on a broad theme: engaged education, interdisciplinarity, access, and the university’s three-campus structure. After the Working Groups had completed their discussions, Dr. Stevens developed a first draft, reflecting the wide range of opinions and viewpoints from these early discussions. President Botman invited the entire USM community to offer feedback for revising and further focusing the plan. Over the course of the spring 2009 semester, two more drafts of the plan benefited from comments and suggestions submitted by every school, college, and division. Accordingly, the fifth and final draft reflects the input of virtually every constituency within the university. The university’s strategic planning website provides an archive of the discussion phase of the process as well as ongoing coverage of the plan’s implementation.