Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 9/30/2021 - 5:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 3. Report with Possible Action on M3 College Connections Program
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.01 - Teaching and Learning Goals
Attachments MPS Dual Enrollment Overview 2021-22
M3 College Connections Student Handbook 2021-22
M3 College Connections Presentation
File Attachment:
MPS Dual Enroll Overview 2021-22.pdf
M3 College Connections Student Handbook 2021-22.pdf
M3 College Connections Presentation.pdf
Background: M³ (pronounced "m-cubed") is a collaborative partnership among the three largest public education institutions in Milwaukee which includes Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM). M³ seeks to transform the future of Milwaukee through education.
The M³ College Connections program is a dual enrollment program for MPS high school students. Students in this program attend classes at both the MATC and UWM campuses to earn high school and college credits. The growth of the M³ College Connections program is as follows:

• A general pathway was proposed in October 2018 and piloted in January 2019 with 32 students and three college courses;

• In 2019-2020, the general pathway was expanded from one semester to a full year with 54 students and six classes. Additionally, a nursing pathway was piloted in spring with 32 students; and

• In 2020-2021, the general pathway had 94 students, the nursing pathway had 41 students, and an education pathway was piloted with 7 students.

A team of administrators and instructors from MPS, MATC, and UWM meet every two to three weeks to review the progress of students, problem solve logistical issues, and to adjust the programs or individual pathway designs. Since its inception, students in the M³ College Connections program have earned 3,165 college credits and more than 72% have enrolled into college immediately after high school graduation.
Fiscal Impact Statement: N/A
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Chief Officer