UWM joins M-Cubed partners to talk about meeting student needs during pandemic

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone will join his M3 partnership counterparts to discuss how Milwaukee’s three largest public education institutions are meeting the needs of students during the pandemic.

M(pronounced M-Cubed) is a joint initiative among UWM, Milwaukee Area Technical College and Milwaukee Public Schools aimed at closing equity gaps and transforming the future of young people through education.

On Wednesday, the partnership starts a new virtual discussion series, M3 | Education Transformed. Mone, MATC President Vicki Martin and MPS Superintendent Keith Posley will share how the institutions are adapting to the COVID-19 environment, meeting student needs and staying on track to help even more students succeed. Wednesday’s event will be at 2 p.m. via Zoom.

The institutions collectively serve more than 100,000 students. The partnership has helped increase MPS high school graduation rates, helped more students prepare for college by completing the FAFSA and increased the number of MPS graduates going directly to college.

Planning for M3 began in 2015. The multifaceted partnership seeks to close equity gaps by working to achieve goals in three areas:

  • Connecting learning across middle school, high school and college, such as creating ties in curriculum in English, science and math
  • Successfully transitioning students to college
  • Driving college completion, through ways such as increasing FAFSA completion and expanding scholarship opportunities.

One of M3’s most visible initiatives is an early college program designed to give MPS students a taste of college life by taking courses at UWM and MATC. Students can earn up to 20 transferable college credits in core courses including math, English and science, as well as electives including cultures and community and educational psychology.

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