Curriculum Mapping Project/Institutional Effectiveness

Project Overview  Fall 2013 - Fall 2014

The curriculum mapping project asked faculty to outline student learning outcomes for each academic program and map/align those outcomes with required course outcomes.  This allows faculty to visualize the role their courses play in helping students meet programmatic outcomes.  By documenting this, faculty and programs will be able to better assess students and programs and to implement continuous improvement.

All undergraduate and graduate programs should now be mapped and those should updated on an ongoing basis as the curriculum is changed.


Project Overview

The curriculum mapping project asks faculty to outline student learning outcomes for each academic program and map/align those outcomes with required course outcomes.  This allows faculty to visualize the role their courses play in helping students meet programmatic outcomes.  By documenting this, faculty and programs will be able to better assess students and programs and to implement continuous improvement.

2013-2014 Project Contacts:


Fall 2013 Departments (timeline for 2014-15)

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Interior Design
  • Sociology, Anthropology, & Geography

Spring 2014 Departments (timeline for 2014-15)

  • Art
  • Criminal Justice & Legal Assistant Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering (undergraduate programs)
  • Health & Human Performance (Dietetics)
  • History
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Physics, Geology, & Astronomy
  • Social Work
  • Theater & Speech

Fall 2014 Departments (timeline for Fall 2014)

  • Biological & Environmental Sciences
  • Communication
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Health & Human Performance (all majors except Dietetics)
  • Integrated Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures
  • Nursing (remaining programs)
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Political Sciences & Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • All graduate programs not previously mapped

  Timeline for Fall 2014 Departments

September 2 - 5, 2014 Overview of the curriculum mapping project to the FA14 departments, with examples.  Academic Affairs contacts assigned to work with specific departments
September 8 - 30, 2014 Departments work to outline programmatic outcomes.
DUE:  October 3, 2014 FA14 program outcomes submitted to Academic Affairs liaisons for review.
October 6 - 24, 2014 Outcomes revisions and updates made, if necessary.
October 27 - November 25, 2014 Map all required courses for majors to the programmatic outcomes.
DUE:  November 24, 2014 Curricula maps due to Academic Affairs liaisons for review.

  Timeline for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Departments

September 2014: General meetings with departments/colleges on assessment of the outcomes/maps, how to request/receive data, etc. Discussion on assessment and where weaknesses are.  Determine outcomes to be assessed for the year.
October 2014 Midterm grades reported /assessment artifacts pulled.  Review assessment data from last year and identify areas for improvement.
December 2014 Final grades submitted.   Semester assessment data collected.
January 2015 Review of course outcomes, grades/assessment data and determine further areas for improvement.
March 2015 Midterm grades reported /assessment artifacts pulled.  Review assessment and identify areas for improvement.
April 2015 Final grades submitted.   Semester assessment data collected.
May 2015

Data documented related to identified outcomes, areas of improvement identified and what else might need to be done to improve.  New areas of improvement identified and assessment plans formulated for 2015-16.

Annual Cycle for Institutional Effectiveness

By September 30 of each year: Review data from previous year, document and summarize findings, determine final results, document how those results will be used and what follow up actions will be undertaken, and note who is responsible for the follow up. (This step is considered the end of the previous year’s cycle.)
October – December of each year: Identify outcomes to be assessed for the year, how those outcomes will be assessed, what the criteria for success is, the timeframe for assessment, the responsible personnel, and document/share any supporting documents (rubrics to be used, curriculum proposals, etc.)  Prepare any budget requests based on assessment results from the previous year.  (This step is considered the beginning of the year’s cycle.)
December – May of each year:  Collect and analyze data related to plan.  Prepare any budget requests based on assessment results.
By September 30 of each year: Review data from previous year, document and summarize findings, determine final results, document how those results will be used and what follow up actions will be undertaken, and note who is responsible for the follow up.