2017 Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education


October 30, 2017

The Maryland Higher Education Commission seeks public comment on the final draft of the 2017-2021 State Plan: Increasing Student Success with Less Debt​The Commission reviewed this document, found it to be well written, and approved to release the final draft for comment before final approval and adoption.  The Commission values the input from all postsecondary partners.

The Commission is seeking comments specifically on content and materials presented in the 2017-2021 State Plan.  Please submit comments to Dr. Emily A. A. Dow, Assistant Secretary of Academic Affairs, no later than Monday, November 13, 2017(emily.dow@maryland.gov).  The Commission encourages comments from representative groups, such as schools, colleges, and institutions of postsecondary and higher education, advisory councils, state agencies, writing groups, and other partners of higher education in Maryland.  The Commission will review all comments and determine any necessary changes before final adoption.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Dow directly.  We thank you for your partnership and we look forward to working with you to “increasing student success with less debt."


Dr. James D. Fielder

2017 Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education Three Goals:

  • Equitable access to affordable and quality postsecondary education for all Maryland residents.
  • Develop innovation in all aspects of Maryland higher education that will improve student success and reduce student debt.
  • Promote and implement policies that will ensure student success.

Questions to answer:

1. What should we include in this goal?
2. How do we currently address this goal?
3. What barriers or challenges, if any, are present in achieving this goal?
4. What are the recommended best practices for this goal?
5. What are the recommended innovative ideas for this goal?
6. How can we measure the success of the recommendations?

Contact Information:

Geoff Newman
Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration
Maryland Higher Education Commission

Emily A. A. Dow
Assistant Secretary of Academic Affairs
Maryland Higher Education Commission

Writing Resources:

Maryland Statute
Code of Maryland Regulations
Statute Requirements for State Plan
College and Career Readiness and College Completion Act of 2013
Maryland State Plan 2017-2021 Draft Planning Document

Previous State Plans:

2013-2017 State Plan: Maryland Ready
2009-2013 State Plan
2004-2009 State Plan

Relevant State Reports:

MHEC Annual Data Book 2016
MHEC Annual Data Book 2015
MHEC Annual Data Book 2014
MHEC Annual Data Book 2013
MHEC Office of Research and Policy
Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center (MLDSC)

Resources for the Innovation Writing Work Group:

'Conversation Starter' on Ethical Data Use (Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2017)
There's an Antidote to America's Long Economic Malaise: College Towns (The Wall Street Journal, December 2, 2016)
The Future of Jobs Employment, Skills, and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revoluation​ (The World Economic Forum, January 2016)
GBC Education and Workforce Report - October 2016 - Final.pdfGBC Education and Workforce Report - October 2016 - Final.pdf (The Greater Baltimore Committee, October 2016)

Other Relevant Reports:

Southern Regional Education Board, Maryland


Governor's Office
Maryland Higher Education Commission
Department of Commerce
Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
Maryland Association of Community Colleges
Maryland Association of Private Colleges and Career Schools
Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association
Maryland State Department of Education
Morgan State University
St. Mary's College of Maryland
University System of Maryland​​