University System of Maryland
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|University System of Maryland|
|Headquarters||Adelphi, Maryland, United States|
|Region served||Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, Eastern Shore of Maryland, Western Maryland|
|Membership||12 universities, 2 regional higher education centers, and 1 research center 1|
|Chancellor||William E. Kirwan 2|
|Parent organization||Government of Maryland|
|Budget||$4.99 billion (FY 2014) 3|
The University System of Maryland (USM) is a public corporation and charter school system comprising 12 Maryland institutions of higher education. It is the 12th-largest university system in the United States, with over 125,000 undergraduate, 43,000 graduate and roughly 13,000 combined full-time and part-time faculty. In 1988, it was created from the merger of the five University of Maryland institutions and the six members of the State University and College System of Maryland under the name University of Maryland System. In 1997, its name was changed to the University System of Maryland. In 1999, the Maryland General Assembly transformed the system to the charter model.5improper synthesis? The system headquarters are in unincorporated Adelphi in Prince George's County.6
The merger creating the University of Maryland System was directed by Governor William Donald Schaefer and was overseen by University of Maryland President John S. Toll, who then became the system's first Chancellor. The current Chancellor is William Kirwan.
″The mission of the University System of Maryland is to improve the quality of life for the people of Maryland by providing a comprehensive range of high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities; engaging in research and scholarship that expand the boundaries of current knowledge; and providing knowledge-based programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the citizens of the state and the nation.″ 7
- Bowie State University
- Coppin State University
- Frostburg State University
- Salisbury University (9,000 enrollment, founded 1925, endowment $35 million)
- Towson University (22,000 enrollment, founded 1866, endowment $33 million)
- University of Baltimore (5,000 enrollment, founded 1925)
- University of Maryland, Baltimore (6,000 enrollment, the oldest campus in the system, founded in 1807)
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County (14,000 enrollment, founded 1966, endowment $59 million, an honors university)
- University of Maryland, College Park (38,000 enrollment, founded 1856, endowment $812 million, the flagship campus)
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore
- University of Maryland University College
- University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
When USM was originally formed in 1988, Maryland's other two state-funded (i.e., public) 4-year institutions (Baltimore's Morgan State University and Southern Maryland's St. Mary's College of Maryland) opted out of the system and made separate funding arrangements with the state.
The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, although state-supported, remained outside the system because of its unique status as an institution jointly funded by Maryland and Virginia. It is a constituent of both the College Park campus and Virginia Tech, with its main campus at Virginia Tech.
The USM institutions with the words "University of Maryland" in their names are not satellite campuses of the University of Maryland, College Park. They are independent institutions within the university system.
- "Senate Bill 682". Bill Info-1999 Regular Session. Maryland General Assembly.
- "Contact/Visit Us." University System of Maryland. Retrieved on September 18, 2012. "3300 Metzerott Road Adelphi, MD 20783" - See also Directions to USM Office