The mission of the Maryland Higher Education Commission is
to ensure that the people of Maryland have access to a high
quality, diverse, adequately funded, effectively managed,
and capably led system of postsecondary education. It
accomplishes this mission through the provision of statewide
planning, leadership, coordination and advocacy for the
State's postsecondary educational institutions and through
the administration of State financial aid programs.
The vision of the Maryland Higher Education Commission is a
State in which all citizens are equally prepared to be
productive, socially engaged, and responsible members of a
healthy economy and an open and democratic society and in
which all citizens make contributions to creating and
maintaining that economy and society.
QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS
Maintain and strengthen a preeminent statewide system of
postsecondary education recognized nationally for its
academic excellence and effectiveness in fulfilling the
educational needs of students and the State.
ACCESS AND AFFORDABILITY
Achieve a system of postsecondary education that promotes
accessibility and affordability for all Marylanders.
Ensure equal educational opportunity for Maryland’s diverse
A STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING SYSTEM
Strengthen and expand teacher preparation programs and
support a student-centered, preK-16 educational system to
promote student success at all levels.
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND VITALITY
Promote economic growth and vitality through the advancement
of research and the development of a highly qualified