Guiding Principles for Curriculum Renewal
The renewal process should include contributions from and collaboration among instructors.
This could include:
- Collaborative, faculty-led examination of a program
- Participation on a review team of full-time faculty members
- Participation in analyzing information and developing an action plan
- Consultation with instructors, which could include sessionals
The renewal process should be evidence‐informed.
Possible information sources for analysis of the curriculum:
- Course results (student grades, performance on assessments, etc.)
- Curriculum maps
- Enrollment statistics in a program or particular courses
- Student consultation (surveys, focus groups)
- Alumni surveys
- Instructor consultation
Focus on student learning is essential.
- Development of students’ learning experiences throughout a program
- Student-centred teaching and learning activities across program
- Opportunities for significant learning experiences (e.g., research opportunities, experiential learning opportunities, etc.)
Any renewal should be in the context of an examination of the program as a whole.
- Examining courses in the context of how they contribute to program level student outcomes
- Considering course sequence, scope, teaching and learning activities/assessments, and how these contribute to students’ overall learning experience
Continuous improvement is an essential feature of curriculum renewal.
This means that curriculum renewal should take into account:
- How often a curriculum review will be conducted
- Iteration – review is part of normal practice, not a one-off event
- Maintaining momentum and faculty engagement
Regardless of what prompts curriculum renewal, changes to programs resulting from the “renewal of a program in order to keep it current with its academic discipline” constitute a “major modification” under the UTQAP and are implemented following governance approval of a “major modification” proposal. The creation of an entirely new program also requires a proposal under the UTQAP. Contacting your Dean’s Office early in the renewal process will allow you to work out timelines for implementing changes and to assemble the information required for proposal approval as you move through the renewal process. The principles listed above inform required elements of UTQAP proposals.