Curriculum Development and Assessment

Whether you are a brand new program designing a curriculum from scratch, a unit revising its curriculum to align with new outcomes, or a department required to assess its programming for accreditation, the CAT is eager to support your work. Over the last two years, our team has facilitated the (re)design of curriculum in 8 different departments.

We tailor our support to meet your specific needs, but recommend an extended relationship where we facilitate a series of retreats with your entire department or program over multiple semesters. In these retreats, we help you and your colleagues articulate the goals and ideals of your program of study; construct programmatic learning outcomes; define the performance indicators you will use to assess those outcomes; map the extent to which your current curriculum is aligned with your goals; and develop plans for assessment that are aligned to your outcomes, including measures and types of evidence. In doing so, we can also help you collect and interpret data on how students proceed through your major or minor, while highlighting gaps and redundancies in learning that students experience as they journey through your courses.

Given the size of our team, we are only able to provide intensive support for a handful of departments at a time. So if you know you will be requesting our help in the next few years, we recommend letting us know as soon as possible to secure your spot. As with all of our work, the support we provide will always be advisory. We can share best practices and facilitate conversations, but the decisions that shape the substance of your curriculum will remain the responsibility of the department.

Information about Student Learning Outcomes can be found by clicking the button to the right; further development and assessment content will be available over the course of the year.