Councils & Workgroups
The University System of Maryland practices shared governance. The chancellor and other system administrators consult regularly with the legislatively-mandated, system-wide representative bodies. These groups are the:
Council of University System Presidents
An advisory group to the USM chancellor, the Council of University System Presidents comprises the presidents of USM's 12 institutions.
Council of University System Faculty
CUSF the official body of faculty from the USM to advise the System
and the Regents on University Matters.
Council of University System Staff
The USM Council of University System Staff (CUSS) provides non-faculty
employees of the University System of Maryland with a voice in the
governance of the system.
System of Maryland Student Council
The USMSC provides a vehicle to ensure that the System leadership is
aware of student perspectives and responsive to student concerns and
Alumni Relations Council
The Alumni Relations Council (ARC) is made up of alumni relations leaders from each of the USM’s institutions. Members collaborate to advance alumni stewardship and engagement throughout the System.
Vice President's Council
The Vice President’s (VP) Council comprises the vice presidents of advancement from our USM institutions. The council meets three times a year to discuss fundraising progress and trends, resources to build fundraising programs, policies, and other items of interest.
In addition, these systemwide groups work to advance USM:
University System of Maryland Communications Council
The University System of Maryland Communications Council (USMCC) comprises the chief communications officers from the system office and each of the USM institutions. Council members develop public messages in support of systemwide initiatives, and develop strategies and tactics for message dissemination; share best practices in communications; and engage in professional development.
USM Women's Forum
The Women's Forum brings together the women of the University System
of Maryland in order to enhance the status of women, to foster
networking among women and to encourage the participation of women in
all facets of the System.
- Diversity Network
The USM embraces the concept of multicultural diversity as well as the many other forms of diversity that exist among its students, faculty, staff and other members of our campus communities.
USM P20 is a collaborative
effort among all segments of the educational community. The goal of
the Partnership is to give all students in the state the very best
public education by setting high standards for teaching and learning.
Information Technology Coordinating Council
The University System of Maryland (USM) Information Technology Coordinating
Council shall coordinate information technology activities of the USM that
transcend an individual campus. It is a forum for collaboration, communication,
and joint action on information technology issues within the USM.
- MD Education Enterprise Consortium
Led by the University System of Maryland, MEEC leverages its size and volume to all
education providers in Maryland at very attractive prices. Currently, 100+
Maryland educational institutions participate in MEEC projects, including higher education,
K-12, public, and private schools. The primary bond was forged to negotiate an
Enterprise Agreement with Microsoft. Since then, anti-virus software and discounted
training for IT professionals have been added. Participation in all aspects of the
consortium is voluntary and non-exclusive.
System Research Administrators' Group (SRAG)
SRAG members are those individuals who are responsible for administering research grants
and contracts. The group was established as a means to share the ways they are responding to
changes in federal or State administrative rules, to clarify reporting requirements, and to
propose changes in