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A consortium comprised of Missouri's thirteen public four-year universities is engaged in a unique statewide course redesign initiative. The objective of the project is to redesign gateway undergraduate courses to improve student learning, persistence, and program completion as well as to reduce the costs of instruction. Each institution is taking the lead in redesigning at least one major gateway course. The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) is guiding the redesign of eleven courses with four additional courses being redesigned using expertise available on the home campuses.

The courses piloted in spring 2012, and full implementation will occur during fall of 2012. After trial semesters on home campuses, the course resources will be disseminated through workshops designed to help faculty members share their materials and pedagogical strategies with other faculty.

The course redesign initiative is a direct outgrowth of Governor Jay Nixon's Public Agenda for Higher Education in Missouri. At the Governor's Summit on August 17, 2010, the governor charged the chancellors and provosts of Missouri's public two-year and four-year institutions to “increase administrative efficiency and academic collaboration across the institutions, with special emphasis on course redesign."

This project is partially funded by a grant from the Next Generations Learning Challenges, with the remaining cost being shared among the thirteen institutions, Missouri Department of Higher Education and the governor's office. The University of Missouri System Academic Affairs Office is coordinating the project.