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ERIC Number: ED547278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
How Course Redesign at the University of Maryland Is Improving Learning, Lowering Costs, and Increasing Graduation Rates. The Abell Report. Volume 24, No.1
Abell Foundation
Four years ago, the University of Maryland (UM) Board of Regents responded to the national crisis in the college experience--the high incidence of student failure and dropout, the cost of a college degree, and the number of years it was taking to earn one--by contracting with Dr. Carol A. Twigg, president of the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) and a nationally recognized expert in the field of university course redesign. Defined as the process of revamping entire courses to take advantage of information technology capabilities to achieve better learning outcomes, course redesign embraces modern methods of information dissemination and knowledge development, and rethinks the way instruction is delivered, especially in large-enrollment core classes. Dr. Twigg formulated a pilot study of nine undergraduate courses with high dropout, withdrawal, or failure rates, or other measurable challenges, at nine universities within the UM system. Associate vice chancellors Dr. Nancy Shapiro and Dr. Donald Spicer directed the project, with the objective of taking the lead in the redesign of selected courses to increase graduation rates, decrease failures, shorten the length of time it takes to earn a degree, and lower costs--to both the students and the university. The results of these course-redesign initiatives were transformative, and get high praise from UM professors and administrators active in the adapting of course-redesign ideas. This issue of the Abell Report describes the success that University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Frostburg State University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County have had in implementing course redesign. It also discusses course redesign as pedagogical innovation, it's impact on the University System of Maryland, the financial costs and rewards of course redesign, and the future of course redesign. A second article offers a salute from the Abell Foundation to Bridge Private Lending and its president, David Borinsky for helping to revive the Oliver street neighborhood in Baltimore City, transforming a once-abandoned inner-city neighborhood into a place that is safe for children.
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Abell Foundation
Identifiers - Location: Maryland