2021-2025 Maryland State Plan for Higher Education​​

Save the Date: 2021-2025 State Plan Writing Kickoff Event
Please save Monday, April 20, 2020, for a Writing Kickoff Event for the 2021-2025 Maryland State Plan for Higher Education.  All stakeholders are welcome to attend and participate in the development and writing of the next iteration of the Maryland State Plan for Higher Education, which will continue to address three primary goals: student access, student success, and innovation.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), in consultation with the governing boards and agencies concerned with postsecondary education in Maryland, is required to develop and update every four years the State Plan for Higher Education, that shall identify:
  1. The present and future needs for postsecondary education and research throughout the State;
  2. The present and future capabilities of the different institutions and segments of postsecondary education in the State; and
  3. The long-range and short-range objectives and priorities for postsecondary education and methods and guidelines for achieving and maintaining them.
In preparation for the April 20th kickoff event, we encourage you to review the current 2017-2021 Maryland State Plan for Higher Education, Student Success with Less Debt, at www.tinyurl.com/studentsuccesswithlessdebt.
At the kickoff meeting, writing workgroups will be formed to evaluate current progress towards each goal and consider and recommend revisions to existing strategies to meet those goals.  There will be one writing workgroup for each goal.  After the kickoff meeting, the writing groups will be expected to meet independently and present their final recommendations for the 2021-2025 Maryland State Plan for Higher Education to the Commission by Monday, July 20, 2020.
Each writing group will be tasked to answer the following questions:
1.      How do we currently address this goal?
2.      What barriers or challenges, if any, currently exist in achieving this goal?
3.      What is demonstrated and evidence-based best practices to achieve this goal?
4.      What are innovative ideas to achieve this goal?
5.      For each strategy provided for this goal in 2017-2021, identify if that strategy should remain, be removed, or revised.
6.      What strategies, if any, should be added to this goal?
7.      How can we measure the success of the recommendations?
More information about the 2021-2025 Maryland State Plan for Higher Education will be posted here and updated regularly.  Additional information regarding the location and time of the kickoff event will be posted here as those details are confirmed.  A registration link will be provided.
Tentative Timeline
April 20, 2020             Kickoff Meeting
July 20, 2020              Writing groups to submit final recommendations to MHEC
Summer & Fall, 2020  Internal drafting
Winter, 2020/2021      Draft available for public comment
Spring, 2021               Final drafting
July 1, 2021                Submission to the Governor and General Assembly
Please contact Ms. Deborah Ing (Deborah.ing@maryland.gov) with questions.

This page was last updated on January 2, 2020.