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In 2008, the University of Maryland developed a comprehensive and bold 10-year strategic plan, “Transforming Maryland: Higher Expectations.” In the years since, we have experienced a remarkable rise in accomplishment and reputation. By any measure, our University is now one of the nation’s front-rank public research universities. New opportunities now promise even greater attainments, and we will continue on our path to be considered “equal to the best” among all universities in the world.

A clarion call to action

The American public research university is a monument to American civilization. It leads the world in excellence in education, research, and innovation, and in affordable access.

However, over the last 20 years, and especially since the Great Recession, there has been a gradual but steady public disinvestment in the public research university. The trend is national, structural, and—to date—inexorable. UMD has fared better than most of its peers in terms of state support, but we not immune from the larger economic, societal, and political pressures.

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Capital Budget Testimony

I am pleased to provide testimony to the General Assembly for our FY 2017 capital budget request.

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I would like to let you know of a bill just introduced in the Maryland Senate that could have a positive impact on our campus. If enacted into law, it would create a much stronger partnership between our campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, making fuller use of our complementary strengths.

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