USM Student Council
The University System of Maryland Student Council (USMSC) is one of four councils established
during the restructuring of higher education in Maryland in 1988. The USMSC represents the
over 170,000 students in the University System of Maryland's 12 institutions and 2 regional
higher education centers.
Created to advise the Chancellor, the USMSC derives its authority from the Board of Regents.
The primary function of the USMSC is to advise the Chancellor, Board of Regents, and elected
officials on issues, matters, and policies having a direct bearing on students and student
affairs in the USM.
The Council has, in the past, provided input on issues ranging from tuition policy to SAT
score reporting and academic advising. In keeping with its proactive nature, the Council
will propose new policies and policy changes to both the Chancellor and the Board of Regents,
as well as review other proposed plans. Among the specific responsibilities of the USMSC is
the recommendation to the Chancellor each year, for transmittal to the Governor, of a group
of nominees for the position of USM Student Regent.
Each degree-granting institution in the USM has two representatives on the USMSC. The USMSC
meets monthly throughout the school year, and its meetings rotate among system campuses. The
meetings function as a network for sharing ideas and concerns of general interest to students.
The Council transmits to the Chancellor its majority and minority views on behalf of its
constituent student bodies. Thus, helping to ensure that the USM leadership is aware of students'
perspectives and responsive to students' concerns and issues.
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