Developing a Curriculum Review and Assessment Plan
Curriculum review is most successful when viewed as an intentional and continuous process. To manage this process, it is valuable for curriculum committees to establish a manageable framework for continuous program assessment and improvement. Some of the common components of a curriculum review process may include:
- Program visioning
- Developing or revising intended program learning outcomes
- Conducting a SWOT or SOAR analysis
- Conducting surveys and focus groups with multiple populations including: students, alumni, instructors, and industry
- Completing an environmental scan of analogous programs
- Engaging in curriculum mapping
- Assessing measures of student achievement over time (e.g. pre/post assessment).
A curriculum review plan should be based on an on-going process for continuous curricular improvement. Each plan should be unique to the needs of each academic program. It should be a comprehensive process that involves gathering data from multiple populations, using multiple methods and echoes best research practices. By using multiple methods, gathered over a cycle of review, programs can triangulate results to help guide and inform collaborative discussions and decisions for improvement.
To assist curriculum committees with the development of a curriculum review and assessment plan, please refer to the following documents:
- Curriculum Review and Evaluation Methods
- Ideal Curriculum Review Timeline
- Curriculum Action Plan (Word docx file)