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Higher Education in Maryland

Maryland Higher Education Commission:
Creating a State of Achievement


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.


  • Goal 1: Quality and Effectiveness: Maryland will enhance the quality of its postsecondary education institutions and programs, which are recognized nationally and internationally for academic excellence, and increase its effectiveness in fulfilling the evolving educational needs of its students and the state;
  • Goal 2: Access, Affordability, and Completion: Maryland will achieve a system of postsecondary education that advances the educational goals of all by promoting and supporting access, affordability, and completion;
  • Goal 3: Diversity: Maryland will ensure equitable opportunity for academic success and cultural competency for Maryland’s population;
  • Goal 4: Innovation: Maryland will seek to be a national leader in the exploration, development and implementation of creative and diverse education and training opportunities that will align with State goals, increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes and completion rates;
  • Goal 5: Economic Growth and Vitality: Maryland will stimulate economic growth, innovation, and vitality by supporting a knowledge-based economy, especially through increasing education and training and promoting the advancement and commercialization of research; and
  • Goal 6: Data Use and Distribution: Maryland will create and support an open and collaborative environment of quality data use and distribution that promotes constructive communication, effective policy analysis, informed decision-making, and achievement of State goals.
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