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: