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ERIC Number: ED407004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Avoiding Entropy: Reforming the Curriculum Approval Process in a Multi-college District.
Gallego, Augie; And Others
The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), in California, is a multi-college district in which many students cross-enroll in two or more colleges. Beginning in 1978, the District began efforts to align courses and programs across the individual colleges, including the implementation of districtwide accreditation and procedures related to instruction and educational program approval. Curriculum development at SDCCD, however, remained slow and difficult to track. As a result, a curriculum reform process was undertaken in 1996 involving the individual colleges' academic senates and the District Chancellor. The group decided to create new curriculum approval procedures, rather than revise the existing ones, with the new procedures undergoing a full shared governance review by college curriculum committees, senates, deans, and vice presidents of instruction. The new process reaffirms the commitment to course alignment and the primacy of local curriculum committees in developing new programs, while innovative elements of the process include an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process; the inclusion of consultation and concurrence among discipline faculty throughout the District as a formal part of the process; and the addition of academic senate representation on the District-level Instructional Council. Finally, SDCCD has begun plans to put the new process online through the addition of document management groupware to the District's network, allowing users to process curriculum data much like electronic mail is used. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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