Every year UME faculty and staff undergo annual performance evaluations and develop goal setting plans. Staff members complete this through the Performance Review and Development (PRD) process. Faculty members complete this through the Individual Extension Plan (IEP) process and the Annual Faculty Review (AFR) process.

Staff Performance Review and Development Process

THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESS (PRD) is a system of performance management that is a mechanism to provide ongoing interaction, recognize good performance, and offer training and development opportunities for UME staff members.

Questions about the PRD review or expectation-setting process should be directed to the ADO office or University Human Resources for links to the appropriate forms and trainings

Faculty Individual Extension Plans

The 2020 program planning year started a new five-year planning cycle (2020-2024) for University of Maryland Extension. All UME faculty, along with campus-based faculty with extension appointments,  are required to participate in the UME program development and planning, evaluation, and reporting process. 

Sound planning and reporting identifies how Extension programs are directed and what accomplishments and impacts have occurred as a result of these efforts.

Detailed planning and reporting can help maximize limited human and fiscal resources allocated to the development, delivery, and evaluation of Extension educational and teaching efforts.

Impacts and successes of UME programs are necessary as we communicate with the general public and public officials on important budgetary issues discussed in the U.S. Congress, the Maryland General Assembly, and by county/city councils and commissions.

Accountability and program impact information is also shared with our Extension partners across the state and country.

UME receives funds from federal and state appropriations for which there is accountability for both the fiscal expenditures and for what has been achieved with the resources. UME is required to provide an accountability system that documents program outcomes achieved on an annual basis.

Systematic planning and reporting are required of all UME faculty, along with campus-based faculty with extension appointments, to meet Federal program guidelines including, but not limited to the Smith-Lever Act, the Agricultural Research, Extension and Education Reform Act of 1998 (AREERA), and the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

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IEP Documentation and Training 

Annual Faculty Reviews (AFRs)

Each year UME faculty are evaluated on their accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, teaching, service. The specific documents* that will are used for the Annual Faculty Review (AFR) process include:

1.     Approved Individual Extension Plan (IEP) for the year under review

2.     University of Maryland Extension Reporting System (UMERS) data

3.     Teaching Effectiveness Data

4.     Curriculum Vitae (CV)

5.     Faculty Self-Evaluation Form

6.     Impact Statement Report

7.     AEDs/BCED and Program Director Input

8.     Enrollment Data (4-H faculty only)

All UME faculty members are also required to submit the following reports as part of their evaluation process:

Additionally, there are program specific and University required reporting requirements that UME faculty must complete.  Some of these reports may be used as part of the evaluation process, others are outside of the evaluation process.