The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) – with nine partner universities offering a wide range of life-changing academic programs on one convenient campus in Montgomery County – has been an innovative model for higher education delivery since its inception in 2000.

After two decades of growth, evolution and success, the USG community must now build on the solid foundation it has established by charting a solid course for “USG 2.0” through its first-ever Strategic Plan. The plan aims to shape the future direction of this unique University System of Maryland institution that is the largest and most comprehensive of the state’s regional higher education centers.

Ensuring student success has always been at the core of the USG mission and will remain central to any measurement of our overall success, as an educational institution. But with a rapidly changing economic landscape, it is even more crucial that we hone in on what it is that USG does best and on how we can make the most impactful difference — both in meeting the talent and workforce needs of our region, and in enabling the students we serve to achieve their goals. Innovation and excellence must be at the core of our efforts.

Together with our university and community partners, and with the involvement of a wide swath of the campus and greater community, we are excited to launch this vital roadmap to catapult USG to new heights of success and innovation.

To learn more about the strategic plan process and review the plan, visit