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Master Plan: Frequently Asked Questions

What is a master plan?

The Master Plan will take a comprehensive look at the facilities on each of USM's three campuses, establish a long-term vision, and guide decision-making for the next 10 to 20 years. We will take an integrated approach that addresses our academic, physical, functional, and financial realities. The Master Plan will look at the University in a way that has not been done before. Learn more.


Do we have a master plan now?

Yes, but it is time to update the plan to ensure it continues to serve the University well.


Who is involved in making the decisions on the master plan?

President Cummings appointed a Steering Committee consisting of faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders to create the Master Plan for each of our three campuses. A decision was made to postpone action on the Lewiston campus pending a review of potential expansion of academic offerings.

The Steering Committee is supported by a campus planning consulting team consisting of Harriman Associates, Goody Clancy, and Rickes Associates.


What if I have ideas for the Master Plan?

We want to hear them! The Master Plan will only be as good as the input we receive — and we want broad participation. You can offer input by attending the Campus Open Meetings in March 2018 (dates and locations will be available soon), filling out our feedback form, or contacting one of the members of the Steering Committee.

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