February 24, 2017
cur·ric·u·lum: the subjects comprising a course of study in a school or college
Curriculum design is an awesome responsibility. Like a map, it guides our students' learning experiences from matriculation to graduation. It informs the topics of each course from week to week: what is covered and what is not, the chosen learning resources and nature of assessments. For better or worse, it impacts our instructors' ability to teach our students. Done well and with the guidance of our instructors, it helps prepare our students to develop the skills and knowledge they seek to better their lives.
Given this responsibility, each of our academic program's curriculum requires watchful care and attention. Do we still have the right courses? Are they sequenced appropriately? Is their content meaningful and relevant? Are our students, faculty and data telling us they are reaching their intended purpose? At the College of Online and Continuing Education, our team of academic professionals are dedicated to examining and reexamining our program curricula to respond to these and other questions.
Behind the scenes, we use Kuali and other technologies to assist in managing curriculum design, development and revision. We support more than 200 programs and 1,000 courses. The logistics of overseeing curriculum design well are formidable. Consider that a traditional undergraduate program includes about 40 courses and each includes more than 30 different aspects that can change. These curriculum management technologies, such as Kuali, contribute in key ways:
At SNHU, our focus is to help our students succeed wherever they are in their educational journeys. Some are just out of high school, seeking a campus experience and attend our University College. Some are working adults across the country who attend our College of Online and Continuing Education or our competency-based College for America, through their employers. We rely on our curriculum technologies to help us align our shared programs across colleges while managing the distinct needs of each program's curriculum within each college. This enables us to better support our students and adjust their educational experiences as their journeys change.
We are dedicated to providing affordable and innovative pathways to meet the unique needs of each and every student. This creates unique challenges when managing the information behind the scenes to ensure our academic programs are well supported. Curriculum management is one of the multiple strategies we use to fulfill these responsibilities.
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