The MCCE is housed at the University System of Maryland and was founded in partnership with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland, College Park. The long-term vision is for a collaborative Center that has connections with USM campuses, school systems, nonprofits, industrial partners, and other government agencies for a strong public-private partnership. The MCCE Advisory Board will include representatives of multiple stakeholders and institutions, to foster a strong community-centered vision.
Building on several national-level computing initiatives (including the White House’s CS for All initiative, the NSF-funded Expanding Computing Education Pathways Alliance, and the P-12 Computing Education Framework initiative), the MCCE leverages the existing partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), the University System of Maryland (USM), the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and other stakeholders.
The MCCE was created at the unanimous recommendation of the Maryland CS Education Steering Committee, which includes P-12 educators and partners, MSDE members, higher education representatives, business partners, and other key stakeholders. At the September 2016 meeting, the steering committee reaffirmed its commitment to its 15-year goals, identified the need for a centralized clearinghouse for continuing efforts, and endorsed the formation of the MCCE. Working in collaboration with the progress of national computing education projects and partners, Maryland is well-positioned to establish a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of educators and expanding options for Maryland’s future knowledge economy. The centralized infrastructure provided by MCCE will increase access, equity, and efficiency of computing education.