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“What lies within us” is the resilience and determination of Frostburg State University, a comprehensive university in the University System of Maryland, noted for its founding by coal miners who wanted to create a better life for their children. Today, Frostburg State University is a major educational and cultural force throughout Western Maryland. It is one of the largest employers in Allegany County and serves students from its Frostburg campus and through its significant presence at the University System of Maryland - Hagerstown, and through programs in Catonsville and Arundel Mills and online. Our Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education and Business produce hundreds of graduates a year, and these alumni are employed throughout the United States and abroad.
This strategic plan reflects a true “fork in the road” for Frostburg State University, pointing to a bright and promising future, but a future that will require focus and fortitude to reach. Just as FSU has been recognized nationally for its strategic goal of sustainability, so, too, must we strengthen our academic quality in order to capture our place in the marketplace of American higher education. This plan forces us all to consider what makes FSU competitive and distinctive. It demands that we recognize our primary focus as the mission of educating people, providing them with a solid base of knowledge that will lead to a promising career.
As you read this strategic plan, you will see a focus on quality. It is a focus that reflects our determination to improve our graduation and retention rates, to improve our academic facilities to create a 21st-century learning environment, and to engage students both inside and outside the classroom. I hope you will share in my optimism for Frostburg State University’s bright future as it gains a national reputation for excellence.
Dr. Thomas L. Bowling