Archived Projects

Vertically Integrated Partnership K-16 (VIP K-16)- National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership Grant Vertically Integrated Partnerships K-16 (Project VIP K-16, 2002). The USM developed this $7.5 million K-16 partnership with UMCP, UMBI, Towson, UMBC, UMCES, Sea Grant College, Shady Grove Center, and Montgomery College, along with the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). VIP K-16 serves all MCPS high school core science teachers over 5 years. Participants are organized in Professional Learning Communities consisting of high school science teachers, college faculty, undergraduate students, and graduate students (VIP Teams). Please contact David May for further information.

Change and Sustainability in Higher Education (CASHE)- National Science Foundation awarded USM a supplemental grant of $500,000 for three years (2004-2007) to study Change and Sustainability in Higher Education (CASHE). The CASHE Project proposes to study a particular aspect of higher education institutional change: change that results in STEM faculty strengthening their own teaching practices and expanding their work in K-20 mathematics and science education, including K-12 teacher preparation and professional development. The project will focus on changes that have been supported by NSF MSP that expand and deepen the capacity in higher education to support the reform of science and mathematics education through the meaningful engagement of faculty in K-12 education. The project will also examine K-16 (P-20) partnerships and identify examples of promising practice that establish cultures of organizational support for sustainable partnerships. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

      CASHE Final Report
      CASHE Final Report Appendices

Education Equals Mentoring, Coaching, and Cohorts (E=MC2)-U. S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant: Education equals Mentoring, Coaching, and Cohorts (E=mc2, 2003). USM was awarded its second highly competitive five-year $6.4 million grant to improve teacher quality and student achievement in the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS). The USM led the creation of new partnership relationships between University of Maryland - College Park, Coppin State University, Towson University, Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore City Public School System, and the Maryland Business Roundtable. This new partnership will draw from a host of resources and knowledge sources to improve the educational opportunities for Baltimore City students. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

Project Learning in Communities (Project LINC)- U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant: Project Learning IN Communities (Project LINC, 2000). USM was awarded its first five year grant of $4.2 million to enhance the quality of the Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS). USM brought together UMCP, TU, BSU and PGCC to collaborate with the PGCPS toward three goals: 1. Increase the number of certified teachers at PGCPS; 2. Increase student achievement, 3. Build a strong induction program for new teachers to increase teacher retention. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers(PARCC) - PARCC is a consortium of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K-12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.

Maryland is one of the governing states in PARCC. Nancy Shapiro, USM Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Kathryn Barbour, Vice President for Academic Affairs & Economic Development at Chesapeake College, serve as the higher education leads who coordinate PARCC-related postsecondary engagement in the state. Together with our partners at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) , led by Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery and K-12 leads, Henry Johnson and Jack Smith, we are working to help PARCC achieve the following goals:

Design high-quality, technology-based assessments Build a pathway to college and career readiness for all students Support educators in the classroom Advance accountability at all levels. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

Higher education productivity work - In 2009, Maryland received a Productivity Grant from the Lumina Foundation in an effort to make higher education more productive. Maryland, along with six other states (Arizona, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas), engaged in a multi-state grant initiative to develop, implement, and sustain policies and practices that can expand the nation's degree production in a cost effective manner. The initiative engages states in pursuing strategic changes in policies and practices that will result in more college degrees for dollars invested. The Lumina Foundation's work in this area also includes supporting research on new higher education finance data systems and new models for delivery of higher education degrees and credentials. - See more at: #sthash.ED21k8E7.dpuf.
Maryland's grant ends at the end of 2014. Please click here to watch a recent animation produced as a result of the work completed during the five-year grant period. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

Academic/industry engagement research - The purpose of this research is to understand the impact of academic and industry engagement with a specific focus in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The traditional activities of academic-industry engagement (e.g., commercialization and patents), particularly faculty research, grants, and publications that result from this work, are critically important to university funding and economic development (Rosenburg & Nelson, 1994). While this literature is important, the literature on academic and industry engagement is dominated by it and there is a considerable gap on the new frameworks and activities within academic-industry engagement (e.g., industry advisory boards, networking, career advising, mentorship) -relationship-based links that may be more closely tied to teaching and student outcomes. The research described in this study will add to the literature by exploring academic-industry engagement outside of traditional formal activities (e.g., human capital, commercialization) with a focus the impact of engagement on undergraduate STEM curriculum, teaching and student development.

The research is a three-phased mixed methods study. Phase I is data migration mining from three cohorts of first-time, full-time freshmen at Bowie State University, Towson University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and University of Maryland, across three majors (computer science, mathematics, and engineering) and business majors are used as a control/comparison group (N = 3,958 for STEM and 2,305 for Business). Focus groups with students and focus groups/individual interviews with faculty/administrators in computer science, engineering, mathematics, and business (the control/comparison group) is Phase II of the study. Focus groups/individual interviews with career services professionals at each of the four institutions is Phase III. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment and Research (MADE-CLEAR) - National Science Foundation Climate Change Education Program (CEEP) grant. The USM developed this $1 million, 2-year regional planning grant for climate change education with the University of Delaware, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland College Park, and Towson University. The focus of the grant is to establish a sustainable regional partnership; maximize the resources of our various organizations, segments and stakeholder communities to broadly promote climate change awareness and education; and to create a robust pipeline for a new generation of climate change scientists. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

Making Opportunity Affordable- Lumina Grant-Following a competitive application process involving 37 states, 11 states were invited by the Lumina Foundation for Education in 2008 to participate in a "Learning Year" to focus on higher education productivity through the "Making Opportunity Affordable" (MOA) initiative. Working with partner organizations and state and institutional grantees, MOA seeks to develop, implement, and sustain policies and practices that can expand the nation's degree production in a cost effective manner. The initiative engages states in pursuing strategic changes in policies and practices that will result in more college degrees for dollars invested. In addition to Maryland, the other selected states were Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Currently, all 11 states are eligible to compete for a four-year, $2 million "Opportunity Grant" to implement their productivity plans. The RFP was released in July 2008, and up to five implementation grants will be awarded in November 2009.

In selecting Maryland for this initial round of "Learning Year" grants, Lumina was particularly interested in our state's commitment to higher education access and affordability, the work of the Commission to Develop the Maryland Model for Funding Higher Education (Bohanan Commission), the new Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education, the University System of Maryland's Effectiveness and Efficiency (E&E) Initiative, the Maryland Course Redesign Project (working with the National Center for Academic Transformation), and our long-standing statewide work in two-year to four-year transfer and articulation, including the Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree and Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE) degree. Please contact Nancy Shapiro for further information.

USM STEM & Competitiveness Initiative

In the 2007 report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, the National Academies warned that "without high-quality, knowledge-intensive jobs and the innovative enterprises that lead to discovery and new technology," America's economic and strategic leadership in the world will erode and its citizens' quality-of-life will decline.

USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan has established a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) & Competitiveness Initiative to help ensure that Maryland has both the highly-skilled workforce and innovative education and business climate necessary to position the state for success in today's global knowledge economy.

The STEM & Competitiveness Initiative will focus USM resources on improving those factors that are critical to reaching this goal by:

  • increasing the number of STEM teachers graduating from USM institutions and pursuing teaching careers in the state;

  • preparing more of today's students for the STEM career opportunities of the future and improving K-12 STEM education;

  • utilizing the resources of higher education to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and business development in STEM areas such as the life sciences, sustainable technology, and information technology.

STEM Task Forces

Chancellor Kirwan has created two presidential task forces to advance the work of Governor Martin O'Malley's STEM Commission and USM's system-wide initiative.

The first task force is focusing on competitiveness issues as they relate to research, knowledge creation, and translational research within the USM, and the impediments to technology-based economic growth within the state. University of Maryland, College Park President C. Dan Mote is chairing the task force.

The second task force is examining the issues of STEM workforce development and develop goals and strategies to ensure that Maryland has the number of skilled professionals in STEM areas to sustain a leading knowledge economy. Towson University President Bob Caret, who serves on the Governor's Workforce Investment Board, is chairing this task force.

The task forces have completed their recommendations and status reports and delivered them to the chancellor. These groups remain "on call" in support of the Governor's STEM Commission.


Use these links to learn more about how the USM STEM & Competitive Initiative is working to strengthen Maryland's knowledge economy.

Reports & Presentations

News Releases

Articles & Coverage

STEM Symposium 2009

Governor's STEM Task Force Report, August 6, 2009

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