University System of Maryland

Carnegie Course Redesign Initiative


USM Carnegie Course Redesign (2) is the second phase of a four year course redesign effort which aims to accomplish the follow set of simultaneous goals:

  • Adopt new ways to improve student learning outcomes
  • Demonstrate these improvements through rigorous assessment
  • Reduce institutional costs
  • Enhance the faculty teaching experience and
  • Support the internal capacity of USM faculty and staff to continue the redesign process

To do this, The Carnegie Course Redesign (2) will utilize methodologies that have proven successful throughout the nation under a program from the National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT).  Full descriptions of the NCAT approach can be found at 

Having completed its first phase course redesign initiative from 2006-2009, this current initiative seeks to expand the number of courses that USM will have redesigned over the next four years.  The initial program proved the effectiveness of many of the NCAT approaches at USM institutions.  The Carnegie Course Redesign initiative will provide funding to assist the institutions to expand the number of faculty and the range of courses that can participate in course redesign.