V.Q. Curriculum Documentation
ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY TYPE: INSTRUCTION
POLICY TITLE: Curriculum Documentation
An essential component in maintaining high quality educational programs at Fox Valley Technical College is a comprehensive information base of curriculum, the instructional foundation for the teaching and learning process. To achieve this, the college must ensure that curriculum is continually being developed, upgraded, and improved.
Each instructional department team is responsible for ensuring that the curriculum is documented to address
the requirements of this policy. Faculty within each instructional department
team are responsible, as a core instructor job function, for curriculum
Program faculty are also expected to work with their advisory committees to develop, validate, and regularly update program outcomes as part of the Quality Review Process (QRP). Course competencies should be directly linked to program outcomes and the core abilities established for all graduates. Each program is expected to conduct a minimum of one summative assessment of student learning, with results from those assessments used to improve program curriculum and delivery.
Before curriculum for a course is developed, basic course information needs to be created in the course system, including the course title, state course number, course description, and identification of any prerequisites/corequisites. A complete curriculum for a course is to be documented in the Worldwide Instructional Design System (WIDS) and includes the following components:
Requirements for curriculum documentation vary by the type of course (aid code) as noted below referencing the curriculum components above:
- Core abilities (college-wide expectations of graduates)
- Program outcomes
- Competencies linked to core abilities and program outcomes
- Learning objectives
- Performance standards (conditions and criteria)
- Learning plans
- Performance assessment tasks
- Degree, Diploma, and Apprenticeship Courses (aid codes 10, 30, 50 and 70). These courses require documentation on curriculum components 1-5 above.
- Non-Credit Occupational, General Adult, and Avocational Courses (aid codes 47, 42, and 60). These courses require documentation on curriculum component 8 (a basic course syllabus).
- Customized Contract Training and Short-Term Seminars/Workshops (regardless of aid code). These courses and seminars require documentation on curriculum component 4 (learning objectives).