Initiatives

WE ARE DISCOVERING WHAT WORKS

and developing strategies aimed at scaling and sustaining the best models to support student success.
 

The Kirwan Center is capitalizing on the USM’s position as a "microcosm" of public higher education to explore—through rigorous quantitative and qualitative research—the interplay between approaches proven to improve student success and the feasibility of implementing those approaches in context. From this research-to-practice perspective, we hope not only to provide evidence-based models for improving student success but also proven strategies for how these approaches might be scaled and sustained in a variety of contexts. This is where we believe this system-level center can bring real value to the work and the national discussion around transforming higher education.

From Director MJ Bishop:

 
Transforming higher education will take more than just increasing our use of technology. It will involve the effective utilization of the right tools to solve an identified educational need blended with strategies to integrate these new approaches in culture-changing, sustainable ways."
 

This section of the site provides information about the innovative Kirwan Center initiatives currently underway across the system with links to relevant projects, research, resources, and upcoming events. Click each of the links to learn more.