The One-MICA Roadmap to a stronger, bolder, and more resilient College.


The R5 Roadmap is a clear, focused, pragmatic, aspirational, and campuswide approach to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis. It functions as both a shared campus mindset and a concrete action framework that will serve as our holistic strategy for campus reopening, predictive problem solving, and ultimately the shaping of a stronger, bolder, and more resilient MICA.

This document explains what it is, how it works, and sets forth our One-Team MICA efforts.

R5 Explained:

What does R5 stand for?

R5 stands for an interrelated set of 5 action strands that—thoughtfully integrated—can achieve distinctive goals and collective impact in guiding MICA’s successful navigation through COVID-19 challenges and opportunities to emerge as a stronger, more resilient, and more innovative institution and community

Those actions strands are:

What are the distinct goals of each R5 action strand?


Make decisions and steer activities that address critical issues during the onset, escalation, and duration of the crisis —including the near- and mid-term issues arising from the “fallout” of these decisions and actions.


Make decisions and steer activities that address critical issues during the onset, escalation, and duration of the crisis —including the near- and mid-term issues arising from the “fallout” of these decisions and actions.


Plan for, make decisions, and put in place teamwork practice for crisis de-escalation and a return to stability—including the projection of a multi-year trajectory of fiscal, educational, and operational efforts that are required.


Leverage the COVID-19 navigation for an institutional re-think that holistically considers MICA’s educational, operational, fiscal, and community dimensions—understanding what are the productive ruptures from and transformations of existing methods/culture/habits, what are the opportunities embedded in the crisis for fruitful experimentation, and how such transformations and opportunities should be harnessed in MICA’s readiness for not just a “new normal” but a “better normal.”


Put into plans and actions the re-think goals and objectives—and, importantly, applying the lessons and ideas from all above strands to adjust and shape an even smarter and bolder MICA Strategic Plan 2021-2026, as the Strategic Plan is the College’s blueprint to capture big thinking and structuralize commitments as actions.

How do the R5 strands interrelate for collective impact?

There is a logical sequence to some R5 actions—for example, the crisis response that closed the campus in March 2020 precedes our consideration of campus reopening. However, a lot of R5 thinking and actions need to occur simultaneously in order to maximize immediate results and future benefits—for example, the fluidity and inclusivity of virtual meetings, as well as some innovative aspects of remote and alternate teaching and learning should stimulate insights and be harvested to shape a more flexible and hybridized pedagogy and operation at MICA. All R5 strands must productively intersect with each other.

remote operations

The R5 Building Blocks

R5 is built on 4 foundational building blocks. These critical components are in place—and will be kept current—for our R5 Roadmap work to accomplish its intended outcomes:

MICA’s Guiding Principles of COVID-19 Navigation

our ethical and logistical compass for prioritization in planning and action.

View Appendix A (PDF)

Up-to-Date COVID-19 Projections and Reopening Guidance

for Baltimore and beyond—our information base for decision making and action implementation.

View Appendix B (PDF)

Scenarios for Fall 2020 Academic Reopening

our framework for team planning informed by the above Projections and Guidance.

View Appendix C (PDF)

One-MICA R5 Planning Coordination

our connection of new and existing teams for a transparent campuswide R5 effort that fosters broad input and ownership

View Appendix D (PDF)

The R5Additional Resources

R5 Community Town Hall Replay

Watch a replay of the May 11th Community Town Hall where R5 and many other topics are discussed.