The NEXUS Institute for Quantitative Biology (NIQB), Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) Project was funded in 2018 by the National Science Foundation. This project is a collaboration between the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and our top sending community colleges: Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Howard Community College (HCC), and Montgomery College (MC). This collaboration expands on previous work conducted as part of the STEM Transfer Success Initiative (t-STEM), NEXUS at UMBC, and STEM BUILD at UMBC to establish the following communities:
- Curricular Awareness Team: Faculty will comprehensively review curricula to identify areas for action across four courses in the biology core curriculum and identify common areas where quantitative content can be incorporated.
- NEXUS Institute in Quantitative Biology (NIQB) Community: Faculty will work collaboratively to develop/revise, implement, assess and disseminate competency-based, active learning quantitative biology modules.
- Faculty Development Community: Colleagues who will promote faculty training on evidence-based teaching approaches and the pedagogical use of modules by offering a common teaching certificate program across the five institutions.
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