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UMD Officially Joins Committee on Institutional Cooperation

December 5, 2012
Contacts: 

Crystal Brown, 301-405-4618 or crystalb@umd.edu

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has officially accepted the invitation to join the the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions, which includes the Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago. 

Planning and participation in the CIC will begin almost immediately, and full academic benefits will be realized by July.  Through collaboration, CIC members save money, share assets, and increase teaching, learning and research opportunities.

“Already we are winners, and we haven’t even played a single game,” says University of Maryland Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin, who filed the formal request for CIC membership.

“This is a terrific holiday gift for the entire campus – a major leap forward for our students, faculty, researchers and staff,” Rankin adds. “There are tremendous opportunities to collaborate on research, share resources and save money.  We feel right at home among our academic peers.”

Rutgers University also accepted an invitationat the same time as Maryland, increasing CIC membership to 15 institutions.

“This is a natural fit for all of us,” says CIC Executive Director Barbara McFadden Allen. “We have many friends at Maryland who have worked and studied in our member universities, so we are already well acquainted. Maryland has a very strong research emphasis, an obvious commitment to the region, and a strong presence internationally. They have much to contribute to the collective good of the CIC, and we are happy to collaborate with them as we work together to realize efficiencies and expand educational access and opportunity.”

CIC collaborations are wide-ranging and will likely attract wide participation by faculty and students, Rankin predicts. “Our campus community won’t want to leave home without this membership card,” she says.

Collaborations include:

  • Partnering on library collections and agreements (including Google book digitization project), technological networking, sharing access to courses, group purchasing and licensing to reduce costs;
  • Greatly increased summer research opportunities for students, traveling scholar program for Ph.D. students to spend a year at a member institution, shared study abroad programs, fellowships, new opportunities study in rare languages;
  • Faculty-researchers gain greatly enhanced opportunities to jointly apply for collaborative research; and
  • New opportunities for faculty study and professional development, including intensive program to develop leadership and managerial skills.

 “Not only will we have a wide range of new opportunities that never existed before, but we expect to launch these partnerships seamlessly and easily,” Rankin says. “Rubbing shoulders on a regular basis with our peers will prove mutually beneficial.”

About the University of Maryland:  The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked No. 19 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report, it has 30 academic programs in the U.S News Top 10. UMD is one of only six universities in the world with top 25 programs in Computer Science, Engineering, Economics and Business, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Social Sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of Worldwide Universities.

About the CIC: The CIC is the nation's premier higher education consortium of top-tier research institutions, including the Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago. Through collaboration CIC members save money, share assets and increase teaching, learning and research opportunities. Founded in 1958, CIC members engage in voluntary, sustained partnerships such as library collections and access collaborations; technology collaborations to build capacity at reduced costs; purchasing and licensing collaborations through economies of scale; leadership and development programs for faculty and staff; programs that allow students to take courses at other institutions; and study-abroad collaborations.  For more information, visit http://www.cic.net.