Implementing and managing curriculum changes at your institution

In Curriculum Management and the Role of the Registrar, expert analysis and surveys of higher education professionals help to make sense of “a territory without clear boundaries or reliable, readily available directions.” Registrars continue to play a critical role in curriculum management, and it is necessary that those who work in the registrar's office know how to best offer themselves as a resource in such an important process.

Jason Brown, Acting Director of Curriculum and Articulation Services at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona, discusses how an efficient and organized leadership structure, from the registrar's office to the administration, is necessary for proper management of an institution’s curriculum:

Faculty and others initiate changes to an institution’s curriculum. These changes range from simple, such as the correction of a typographical error which may only require the registrar to notify others of the change, to more comprehensive actions (e.g., a new course, terminating a program) which need the approval of several administrative layers of the institution. The approval authority structure varies from institution to institution, but most often the chain of approval and review includes a faculty member, an administrative dean, a curriculum committee, the registrar, the academic administrative lead (provost), and, often, a governing board… Curriculum is influenced by internal and external factors. Proposed curriculum changes, referred to here as curriculum actions, often begin as a concept of a faculty initiator who develops a proposal and prepares it for the approval process.

Featuring the latest in accreditation, curriculum standards, and technology, Curriculum Management is an indispensable tool for higher education professionals looking to effectively implement a state-of-the-art curriculum at their institutions.

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