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Curriculum and Assessment  

Curriculum Development: Policies
The WCC Board of Trustees has approved several policies that support and promote the curriculum development, and they can be accessed by clicking on the name of the policy. Other documents have been created to support these policies.
•  2120 – Policy on Articulation
•  3033 – College Certificate Structure Policy
•  3031 – Policy on Credit for Prior Learning
•  3043 – Curriculum Purpose and Effectiveness Policy
•  3046 – Degree Structure Policy
•  3045 – General Education Philosophy and Requirements
•  4055 – New Student Assessment and Individualized Program Planning

Curriculum Development: Links: Community College and Higher Ed Resources
American Association of Community Colleges
Updates on policy issues, research and information, AACC programming, and strategic outreach to business and industry.

American Educational Research Association
Concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Provides links to features, publications, tips and association news.

Community College Journal of Research and Practice
Published in the UK, the only two-year college journal that is international in scope.

Community College Research Center (CCRC)
Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and housed at the Institute on Education and the Economy (IEE) at Teachers College , Columbia University. Takes a broad and comprehensive view of community colleges in order to frame the critical questions concerning the fundamental purposes, problems, and performances of community colleges. Promotes research on major issues affecting the development, growth and changing roles of community colleges in the United States. Site provides access to research, links to conferences, publications, seminars and community college resources.

Community College Web-Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction
A searchable index to the web sites for community colleges in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere around the world and a collection of resources related to community colleges that you can search by keyword or by category.

Institute for Community College Research
The ICCR is a not-for-profit research organization administered by the BCC-Foundation for the benefit of Broome Community College. Its purpose is to assist the college in its educational mission by conducting research on the educational process at the college or at other schools for comparative purposes. Provides access to research reports, publications, and research fellowships.

League for Innovation in the Community College
Details, descriptions, and implementation strategies of successful community college innovations, searchable database, and discussion forums.

Michigan Community College NETwork
Reports, studies, surveys and other data related to community colleges in Michigan. Home base for the Michigan Community College Data and Evaluation Committee (MCCDEC), which provides expertise on the collection, interpretation, and evaluation of data in terms of value, implications and information content of the data, for community colleges and community college stakeholders. Also provides resources regarding community college terminology.

Michigan Community College Association
Represents the 28 public community colleges in Michigan. Web site includes community college links, directories, association calendar, and workforce development links.

Curriculum Development: Links: Jobs and Careers
Information on job trends and information such as salary and length of training needed. These sites will provide the type of information needed when new courses and programs are created.
  Aberdeen Group
Bureau of Labor Statistics

MIST (Michigan Skills Training) Curriculum Database
Contains modules of instruction developed by Michigan's 28 community colleges for the purpose of providing high technology educational opportunities for workers or potential workers in high demand fields in order to assist Michigan citizens and employers in realizing the potential of a well trained workforce. Allows registered users to identify online open-entry, open-exit curriculum modules available in specific content areas, including module information such as goals, outcomes (correlated to accepted skill standards), recommended prerequisite knowledge & skills, hardware & software requirements.

Curriculum Development: Links: Curriculum
Center for Research on Teaching and Learning (CRLT)
Course design and syllabus creation resources, including templates, tutorials, and preparation.

Teaching sites dedicated to pedagogical and instructional tips for faculty.

Center for Research on Teaching and Learning (CRLT)
Links to teaching strategies resources.

Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database (TIP)
TIP is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts.

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching
Peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.

Curriculum Development: Links: Distance Learning News and Research
Distance Learning sites discuss issues relevant to online, blended and distance learning.

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks
The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results, providing practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning.

Online Learning Update: Online Learning News and Research
News blog dedicated to keeping up with the changing technologies, issues and related developments in education, distance education, and online learning. Edited by Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus of Communication, Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning, University of Illinois at Springfield and Faculty Associate at the University of Illinois Online office in Urbana.

EDUCAUSE: Transforming Education through information Technologies
The mission of EDUCAUSE is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Links to bulletins, news, conferences, and discussion groups.

Chronicle-Issues In-Depth: Distance Learning
Collection of Chronicle resources and articles about distance learning in higher education.

Curriculum Development: Links: Design and Teaching of Online Courses
Designing and Teaching Online Courses
Designing and Teaching Online Courses is a six-week, moderated online course that teaches the pedagogy, methodology, and facilitation methods necessary for effective instruction in the online environment. Designing and Teaching Online Courses (DATOC) is a scheduled asynchronous netcourse offered over the Internet in Blackboard 6.

Instructional Technology Resources
Resources and templates for designing online courses, including Blackboard specific instructional design, by Terri Buckner, Instructional Design Consultant.

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever
By Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann
How to implement the seven principles pf good instruction using technology.

Distance-Educator.com: Distance Teaching News, Resources and Tools for Professionals in the Field
Resource-rich commercial distance education site.

As a leading online supplier of professional development courses, OnlineLearning.net provides busy teachers with the tools to pursue their lifelong learning objectives. Links to training and resources for online instruction.

Curriculum & Assessment Handbook
The Office of Curriculum and Assessment has compiled the Curriculum & Assessment Handbook for faculty to use as they design courses and programs. The Handbook provides an overview of curriculum design concepts, definitions, and processes, the foundation for creating a curriculum that promotes student learning; tools for identifying learning outcomes and objectives; these overviews are meant to review concepts that will help promote student growth and development in courses and programs; guidelines for creating a course handout, including sample handouts that have been used in previous courses; course and program development materials, such as the master syllabus form, assessment plans and reports, and guidelines for creating and revising courses and programs; and references to other materials and links to other Web sites; many other resources for developing courses and programs exist, and because research on teaching and learning is ongoing, new resources will continue to be created.

In order to view the Curriculum & Assessment Handbook, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free from Adobe.

  File Name File Size Last Updated
2014 Curriculum Class and Book Due Dates (2) 21.71 KB 08/12/2013
Advisory Committee Handbook 2015-16 78.5 KB 04/07/2015
Curriculum & Assessment Handbook 2015 437.79 KB 02/09/2016

Curriculum Committee: Description
The Curriculum Committee is advisory to the Vice President for Instruction and the President, and has two general responsibilities:
•  Review curriculum standards, course, and program proposals; and
•  Participate in long- and short-term curriculum planning processes.

The function of the Curriculum Committee shall be to review curriculum standards, course and program proposals, and to participate in college planning process for long- and short-term curriculum directions. The committee shall be advisory to the President or the President's designee on all College curriculum matters.

The Curriculum Committee meets weekly during the fall and winter semesters to review course and program proposals, and to take up curriculum-related issues that arise. These meetings are open, and faculty, administration, and staff are encouraged to attend.

The work of the Curriculum Committee is closely related to the purpose of the Assessment Committee.

Schedule of Meetings
Date: Each Thursday, from September through May
Location: Contact the Office of Curriculum & Assessment for the current location
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Faculty will be notified of any changes to the schedule of meetings.

Curriculum Committee: Members
The current members of the Curriculum Committee are:
  Justin Carter, , Advanced Technologies and Public Service Careers Division
Theresa Dubiel, – Health Science Division
Joy Garrett, , Director of Curriculum & Assessment
Kristin Good, , Interim Dean of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science Division
Kelly Gottschang, Chair , Business & Computer Technologies Division
Valerie Greaves, , Health Science Division
Kimberly Hurns, , Interim Dean of Business and Computer Technologies Division
Michael Nealon, , Vice President for Instruction Ex-Officio
Lisa Veasey, , Humanities, Social and Behavioral Science Division
Dave Wooten, , Math, Science and Health Division
Susan John, Secretary, , Curriculum & Assessment Technician

When a new course or program, or a major change to a course or program, is proposed, the proposal will be reviewed by the Curriculum Committee after it has been submitted to the Office of Curriculum and Assessment. The date for this review will be published on the agenda. Faculty will be notified when courses or programs they have proposed will be discussed.

Curriculum Committee: Agendas, Minutes, and Course Review Memos
The agenda for a meeting is posted to this site on the Tuesday before the meeting. If faculty members wish to initiate an item, they should contact the Chair, Kelley Gottschang, at .

The unapproved minutes of the Curriculum Committee meetings will be posted for review on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. These will be replaced by the approved minutes on the Monday following the meeting.

The Curriculum Committee agendas, minutes, and course review memos can be accessed by date:

January 01/14/2016 Agenda    
December 12/03/2015 Agenda Minutes  
October 10/29/2015 Agenda    
  10/15/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  10/01/2015 Agenda Minutes  
September 09/24/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  09/17/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  09/10/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  09/03/2015 Agenda Minutes  
June 06/02/2015 Agenda    
April 04/23/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  04/16/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  04/02/2015 Agenda Minutes  
March 03/19/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  03/12/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  03/05/2015 Agenda Minutes  
February 02/19/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  02/12/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  02/05/2015 Agenda Minutes  
January 01/29/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  01/22/2015 Agenda Minutes  
  01/08/2015 Agenda Minutes  
December 12/11/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  12/04/2014 Agenda Minutes  
November 11/13/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  11/06/2014 Agenda Minutes  
October 10/30/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  10/16/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  10/02/2014 Agenda Minutes  
September 09/25/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  09/18/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  09/11/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  09/04/2014 Agenda Minutes  
August 08/20/2014 Agenda Minutes  
May 05/15/2014 Agenda    
April 04/24/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  04/17/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  04/10/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  04/03/2014 Agenda Minutes  
March 03/20/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  03/13/2014 Agenda    
  03/06/2014 Agenda Minutes  
February 02/20/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  02/13/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  02/06/2014 Agenda Minutes  
January 01/30/2014 Agenda Minutes  
  01/23/2014 Agenda    
  01/09/2014 Agenda Minutes  
December 12/12/2013 Agenda Minutes  
November 11/21/2013 Agenda Minutes  
  11/07/2013 Agenda Minutes  
October 10/24/2013 Agenda Minutes  
  10/10/2013 Agenda Minutes  
  10/03/2013 Agenda Minutes  
September 09/26/2013 Agenda Minutes  
  09/19/2013 Agenda Minutes  
  09/12/2013 Agenda Minutes  
August 08/21/2013 Agenda Minutes  

Curriculum Development
Includes college policies, documents, workshops, and links to resource sites related to curriculum development.

Several Board policies have a guiding influence on curriculum at WCC.

Many resources can be accessed to assist in all aspects of curriculum development.

Community College and Higher Ed Resources
A sampling of community colleges.
Jobs and Careers
Information on job trends, salary, and training for new programs and courses.
Resources broadly pertaining to curriculum.
Distance Learning News and Research
Updates on research findings concerning learning.
Design and Teaching of Online Courses
Resources specific to the online experience.

Curriculum & Assessment Handbook
A brief description of the Curriculum & Assessment Handbook as well as instructions for downloading the complete document.

Curriculum Committee
A brief description of the Curriculum Committee as well as an archive of meeting agendas and minutes.

The role of the Curriculum Committee in program and course development at WCC.

How to contact members of the Curriculum Committee.

Agendas, Minutes, and Course Review Memos
Issues that come to the Curriculum Committee and their resolutions can be accessed in the agendas, minutes, and course review memos.

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