• University System of Maryland (USM)

In December 2014, the University System of Maryland (USM) launched the Maryland Mathematics Reform Initiative (MMRI). The MMRI is a collaborative effort between the public four-year USM institutions and the two-year community colleges in Maryland to develop and implement multiple, high-quality mathematics pathways for students that are relevant for their chosen career path while ensuring that the new courses have sufficient mathematical integrity and rigor to be deemed “college-level.”

As part of the large-scale MMRI work, the USM was awarded the First in the World (FITW) grant by the United States Department of Education in 2015. The project (FITW MMRI) intends to bring together Maryland’s public two-year and four-year institutions to develop and evaluate a high-quality statistics pathway that is relevant for students’ chosen career, and courses that are easily transferable through statewide articulation agreements.

The Charles A. Dana Center supports the FITW MMRI project through leadership engagement activities with Dr. Uri Triesman and offers implementation-to-scale technical assistance resources, such as:

  • Customized consulting
  • Institutional-level planning tools
  • Professional learning services and materials
  • Curricular materials

In Fall 2016, the MMRI will launch the statistics pathway at 12 partner institutions:

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Cecil College
  • College of Southern Maryland
  • Coppin State University
  • Garrett College
  • Harford Community College
  • Howard Community College
  • Montgomery College
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland, University College

The theory of action, partner institutions, research questions, and timeline are described in the FITW MMRI Project Overview.

Dr. Robert Caret
Pathways to Success
"Our project [FITW MMRI] will introduce a new statistics pathway for students who are in the liberal arts and social sciences. This pathway will be as rigorous as the traditional algebra/calculus sequence, but will be much more relevant to what students need for their majors and will, we are sure, lead to more student success going forward.”
Chancellor of the University System of Maryland

Our Work at the State Level

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