University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh today announced the formation of the “President’s Commission on UMD and Big Ten/CIC Integration,” which will provide analysis and advise President Loh on the upcoming institution-wide integration with the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) and the Big Ten Conference. The announcement was made in advance of the university’s move to the Big Ten in 2013 and membership in the CIC, the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions.
“Through the commission, my objective is to generate strategic insight into maximizing CIC and Big Ten membership across the campus – including advancing the university’s excellence in education, research and innovation; athletics; finance and business administration; and communications, fundraising and marketing,” said President Loh.
The president’s announcement comes on the heels of UMD’s decision to accept an invitation to join the CIC, which includes Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago. Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin said that membership in the CIC marks a major leap forward for UMD’s students, faculty, researchers and staff and that “joining the CIC will provide significant opportunities for wide-ranging collaboration and will produce benefits for the entire campus.”
Examples of CIC opportunities include: shared library resources and digitization of library holdings; study abroad programs; summer research opportunities; traveling scholar programs for graduate students; leadership programs for faculty and professional staff; collaborative research projects; a high-speed network among CIC institutions; and group purchases of goods and services to reduce costs.
The commission will be guided by the commitment of the University and Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) to the success of the university’s student-athletes, including ensuring that they are well supported to succeed in their studies and careers after graduation and that every sponsored team has the resources to compete successfully in the Big Ten and nationally.
The work of the president’s commission will include a review of the operations and finances of ICA, which is a self-supporting enterprise. It will also review the teams eliminated last year due to budget deficits and recommend possible reinstatements and a potential timeline. A plan for ensuring the financial health of Maryland athletics for at least the next two decades will also be developed.
The commission also plans to examine the current ICA fundraising organization and recommend ways to elevate ICA development efforts to better support student-athletes. The commission will consider how the University of Maryland can use the Big Ten Network to tell the university’s story, in academics and athletics, to more than 70 million households in the U.S. and abroad.
The commission will submit its final recommendations to President Loh by June 30, 2013.
For more information, visit: http://www.umdrightnow.umd.edu/news/president-loh-announces-commission-umd-big-tencic-integration
December 11, 2012