National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT)
USM has received a grant to work with the National Center for Academic Transformation over the next three years on course redesign.
Who is NCAT? It is an organization that provides leadership in using information technology to redesign learning environments to produce better learning outcomes for students at a reduced cost to the institution. They work with colleges and universities across the US and now they are going to work with USM.
Each semester the Office of the Provost will issue an RFP for faculty teams to redesign a course. The two selected teams will work with NCAT and with Faculty Scholars throughout the country on transforming the course. The work of the transformation is spread over three semesters – the first to redesign the course, the second to pilot the course, and the third to refine the course based on the pilot semester.
The grant USM received will support faculty teams (approximately $4,500 over the three semesters) doing course redesign and will also support the NCAT relationship. Additionally, the recognized savings from redesigned courses will stay with the departments.
Over the course of the three years 10 teams will work on redesign, improving outcomes for USM students, and recognizing cost savings.
Coming soon: List of Council Members
NCAT Presentation to USM (pdf)
For more information on NCAT, please visit:
NCAT Course Redesign Planning Resources:
NCAT Case Studies: