Maryland's Growing by Degrees initiative is part of the Lumina Foundation for Education's
effort to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials
to 60% by 2025 to meet economic demand. States receiving grants include Arizona, Indiana,
Maryland, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. More information about Lumina's national
higher education productivity efforts can be found at: http://www.collegeproductivity.org.
Maryland's state team for this project is a partnership between the Maryland Governor's
Office, Maryland Department of Legislative Services, Maryland Association for Community
Colleges, Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland Independent College and University
Association, and University System of Maryland.
As one of seven states participating in this initiative, Maryland's three major goals are as follows:
- Increase and reward completion
- Engage the Governor's P-20 Leadership Council in the state's higher education productivity
agenda through advocating for policies that help the state meet its college completion goals
within available resources.
- Generate and reinvest savings
- Support cross-institutional collaboration across all of Maryland's public and independent
colleges and universities in targeted effectiveness and efficiency (E&E) areas, both academic
- Educate and train in affordable ways
- Redesign "bottleneck" undergraduate courses at two-year and four-year institutions across
Maryland to improve student learning and to reduce the average cost per course, with a
special emphasis on developmental mathematics courses. Reinvest cost savings to support
additional redesign projects and other student completion-related priorities.