September 9, 2009
Work Group Leads are: Claudia Hein and John Mullen
President’s note: please note that the October 15, 2009 report is being edited to fit a specific format for ACCJC and as such there may be some changes to this excerpt currently being provided to the college community.
Recommendation 6: Curriculum Process
The team recommends that Diablo Valley College fully implement recommendation 2 from the 2002 Accreditation Evaluation Report which states, “Improvement of existing curriculum process to include a timely, systematic review and efficient procedures for course and program approval with adequate technology and staff support.” Furthermore, the team recommends that the curriculum process be fully integrated with the program review process. (Standards: IIA2a, IIA2e)
All active courses have up-to-date outlines on the Web Curriculum System (WCS) as a result of work done during the spring. Outline status will now be regularly monitored by the Instruction Office to ensure Title 5 compliance. In addition, compliance will be monitored by a component of the Instructional Unit Program Review (IUPR) process. Approval procedures and all necessary forms are available on the WCS, which is accessible through the DVC intranet. Approved outlines are also now available to students and to the public on the college website.
A detailed outline and description of the process to maintain the currency of outlines and for the approval of new courses and programs will be prepared and approved by the Curriculum Committee in Fall 2009. This outline and description details the integration of the curriculum process with the program review process, with a timeline designed to spread the work of updating courses and programs throughout the years of the program review cycle – additional information is included in the response to Recommendation 3. The process relies on the effective use of technology, the WCS, and increased support from a dedicated staff member in the Instruction Office.
Per standards of good practice, DVC has reviewed and improved its curriculum and program approval processes and linked them to both program review and the assessment of student learning outcomes.
Plan of Action
A detailed outline and description of the process to maintain the currency of outlines and the approval of new courses and programs will be prepared and approved by the Curriculum Committee in the fall of 2009.
A college procedure will be developed and adopted to address Title 5 non-compliance and will be completed by December 31, 2009.