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Developmental Math Course Redesign Faculty Fellows

The University System of Maryland in collaboration with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and funded through the Completion Innovation Challenge Grant - Complete College America, seeks faculty to serve as Developmental Math Course Redesign Faculty Fellows. 

The Math Fellows are a trained cadre of faculty that travel throughout the State assisting selected institutions with the development and implementation of redesigned developmental math courses.  The Fellows will receive additional training from the National Center for Academic Transformation and provide at least 150 hours of support to participating community colleges and historically black institutions in Maryland.  Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 stipend and site visit travel expenses are covered. Please see the application document below.
Applications are due May 4, 2012.

Developmental Math Course Redesign Faculty Fellows Application (pdf)  
Developmental Math Course Redesign Faculty Fellows Application (MSWord)  

Developmental Math Course Redesign Grant Program

Governor Martin O’Malley has set a statewide goal that by 2025 at least 55% of the Maryland’s residents age 25-64 will hold at least one degree credential, either an Associate's or Bachelor’s degree. This represents an 11-point increase over the State’s current attainment rate of 44%. Projections suggest that if no new interventions are implemented, the total number of degrees produced by all Maryland institutions will increase to 45,000 by 2025. However, to attain the level of degree awards necessary to reach the 55% goal, Maryland must go beyond current projections and produce 58,000 degrees per year, an increase of 20,000 to 23,000 new degrees annually by 2025. The majority of additional degrees (14,000-15,000) must come from new initiatives such as this grant program.

In September 2011, the State of Maryland formally entered into an agreement with Complete College America (CCA) as one of ten recipients of the Completion Innovation Challenge Grant. The State’s approved project includes a sub grant program to support the redesign of developmental math courses in the State’s public higher education institutions.

Grant Program Goals: This program focuses on developmental (remedial) math, a major roadblock to persistence and advancement to college-level math courses. The grant program goal is to provide financial and technical support to institutions to implement developmental math course reform that will reduce time to degree and accelerate student success for degree completion.

Eligible Institutions: All Maryland public institutions that have provided metrics data for Maryland’s Complete College America data project.

Funding Priority: Applicants with the highest percentage of new entering students enrolled in developmental math courses over the prior three academic years (2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11).

Award: Twenty-one awards of $30,000 per redesigned course are anticipated. Institutions may propose redesigning more than one developmental math course and may be awarded more than one grant. A separate application should be submitted for each proposed course redesign. Institutions may request more than $30,000 if they propose merging multiple developmental math courses of differing levels into one redesigned course. All redesigned courses are expected to be implemented across all sections of the course by the grant end date.

Required Match: $10,000 or more per redesigned course in in-kind or other supports.

Two Step Application Process:
1) Concept Paper - Interested institutions should prepare a concept paper (three pages single-spaced) that includes a description of the current developmental math course selected for redesign, the extent to which the selected course meets the Course Readiness Criteria, specific academic problems that will be addressed and the institutional team that you will carry out the project.

Concept Paper due Tuesday, October 25, 2011 4:00 PM

2) Full Application - Upon receiving feedback on their concept paper, interested institutions/faculty should prepare a full application.

Full Application due Friday, December 2, 2011 by 4:00 PM

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