University System of Maryland

Carnegie Course Redesign Initiative

August 2010

To facilitate reaching the strategic goals of the USM Carnegie Award Course Redesign Program Phase 2 (CR2), staff from USM will coordinate activities to support three cohort groups of institutional faculty moving through the redesign process. It is anticipated that a total of 20 - 30 full courses will be involved in Carnegie Award CR2, with the program startup in Summer 2010, targeting the first cohort's pilot for 10 courses for Fall 2011 and their
full implementation by Spring 2012.  The cohorts will run on a yearly cycle, with additional
courses added each of the next two years.  The second and third year cohorts may change
in size depending on available funding.  The following outlines the process for CR2:

COHORT 1:  Target - Pilot Fall 2011/Full implementation Spring 2012

10 Course Redesigns

1.      In order to properly introduce both the program and its overall goals, USM staff will meet face-to-face on individual campuses with the Provost.  Provosts will be urged to invite Deans and/or Department Chairs in addition to faculty from the campus who have been involved in CR1.  Goal of this meeting will be to generate interest by academic management in the program, disseminate information on process and answer questions on overall program.   Timeline:  Late Summer to early Fall 2010

2.      USM will create a web presence for the program with details of the process, links to resources, contact identification for internal program leaders and evangelists.  Timeline:  Summer to early Fall 2010

3.      A heavily advertised workshop will be offered to interested faculty/Chairs/Deans providing fundamentals on Course Redesign using NCAT approaches, with participation by experienced USM faculty and others.  Goal will be to present enough information to allow participating faculty to create a proposal for a course redesign.  Timeline:  October 7 and 8,  2010

4.      Interested faculty will prepare and submit to USM a short version course redesign proposal, outlining the course involved, the problem that will be addressed, the approach that will be taken and the outcomes anticipated.  An estimated cost for a redesign project will also be requested.  These proposals will form the basis for the competitive evaluation of redesign submissions.  Timeline:  December 2010

5.      Based on short proposals, the evaluation team will make a tentative award to those proposals viewed as consistent with the overall goals of CR2.  Timeline:  late December 2010

6.      Faculty whose proposals have been accepted will be invited to a more in-depth workshop geared toward assisting faculty in completing a fully developed plan.  Timeline:  Mid-January 2011

7.      Faculty will develop their plans based on format and guidance received at the January workshop and submit the full plan for their course redesign.  Timeline:  Spring Break 2011

8.      All awards will be confirmed based on the final plan submission.  Some revisions may be necessary to the original short plans.  Timeline:  April 2011

9.      Redesign implementation will occur over the summer of 2011

10.  Course pilots will be delivered for Fall 2011

11.  A third workshop in series will involve sharing of progress on pilot and a mid course review Timeline:  January 2012

12.  Full implementation for all redesigned courses ready for Spring 2012

13.  A final workshop will be offered to include analysis of issues, recording of experiences, guidance on assessment, and recruiting the next set of evangelists to work with the next Cohort .   Timeline: March 2012

COHORT 2:  Target - Pilot Fall 2012/Full Implementation Spring 2013

5 or more Additional Course Redesigns

1.      The Cohort 2 cycle will start without the face-to- face meetings needed at the start of the first Cohort.  The program will begin with reminders to the Provost of the start of the second cycle and requests to pass that information on to Chairs and Deans.

2.      The remainder of the program will be identical to Cohort 1 with only the milestone dates adjusted to the new cycle

3.      A review of the disciplines covered in Cohort 1 will be conducted to determine whether the evaluation team should focus the solicitation of new toward specific disciplines in order to balance the program's awards.

4.      The total number of course redesign awards will be dependent of available funding but no less than 5 will be offered in this cycle

COHORT 3:  Target- Pilot Fall 2013/Full Implementation Spring 2014

5 or more Additional Course Redesigns

1.      The third cycle will be identical to Cohort 2 with the milestone dates adjusted

2.      The number of Course Redesigns may be increased if funding is available

3.      During this cycle, plans will be made to transition to program to a self sustaining institutionally based approach