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What is a Master Plan?

A master plan supports the academic mission and strategic vision of the University by providing criteria and guidelines for campus improvements and facilities development/enhancements.

A master plan extends a vision that respects valued campus qualities and provides future guidance to enhance the unique living and learning environment of each of the University's three locations.

USM's current Master Plan considers campus facilities needs relative to the mission and values of the University as expressed in the Ten Goals for USM announced during President Cummings' inaugural opening breakfast speech in August 2015.

The final University of Southern Maine Master Plan will guide the University as it considers current and future needs for buildings, open spaces, and facilities on its campuses. It establishes frameworks for future improvements.


USM's master planning process included:

  • Revisiting prior plans, key assumptions, and current campuses and facilities.
  • Considering changes to reflect emerging needs or changing circumstances.
  • Providing analytical studies and alternatives reflecting the choices ahead.
  • Confirming or refining a preferred approach and prioritization of improvements.
  • Establishing the framework for improvements for the next 5 to 10 years.



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