Establishing a Curriculum Committee
At the start of any Program Review, the Chair and Dean in consultation with a Curriclum Consultant should establish a team to help coordinate processes, compile and analyze data and information and provide input into the curriculum facets of the overall program review and renewal process. This should be established as soon as the program review is initiated. Although this team is not required to participate or provide input in all aspects of the Program Review, they should be kept informed throughout the entire process so that decisions made by the committee in regards to curriculum align with information gathered and decisions made the overall program review process.
The approach this team uses can best be described as team-driven, evidence based, future focused, and Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTLI) supported.
The purpose is to engage faculty and industry stakeholders in a critical examination of the program’s curriculum and to generate an action plan that fosters continuous improvement and further enhances the students’ learning experiences across the program. As such, the committee relies on expert disciplinary knowledge and data to create dialogue and make decisions about curriculum development, alignment, assessment, delivery and sequencing.
The group should be composed of persons who have a first hand view of the roles for which students are preparing. Members should have diverse insights and interests that reflect the results and combination of impacts represented in the review. As such, they should be knowledgeable, articulate and interested in learner success in the context of 21st century learning and future career pathways.
The committee should consist of the following membership:
Communication and Collaboration
The Curriculum Committee communicates with both internal and external stakeholders, including faculty, students, alumni and industry representatives, and is responsible for providing a final report consisting of key findings, summaries and recommendations to the program Dean. The documentation provided by the curriculum committee will be added to the overall program review documentation, which is compiled by the Program Chair and Dean.
Connecting the Committee
The Dean and Chair of the Program coordinate an initial curriculum committee meeting to develop a Terms of Reference that outlines the process, establishes timelines and determines roles and responsibilities. At this meeting the committee identifies critical questions that will guide the process.
Decision Making Process
Recommendations and or decisions made by the committee are evidence informed and will be made based on input and feedback gathered through collaboration with necessary stakeholders. Collaboration is a critical aspect of this committee’s work.
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