Program-Level Curriculum Planning: An Exploration of Faculty Perspectives on Two Different Campuses

Stark, Joan S.; Lowther, Malcolm A.; Sharp, Sally; Arnold, Gertrude L.
February 1997
Research in Higher Education;Feb97, Vol. 38 Issue 1, p99
Academic Journal
This study explored faculty views about curriculum planning in academic programs. Using a semistructured format, researchers interviewed 59 faculty members at two very different campuses about their assumptions and the influences upon them as they work with colleagues in planning program curriculum. Although many of the same factors influence course and program planning, we observed that, compared to course planning, program planning is irregular (even infrequent), typically responds to a specific catalyst, and is more dependent upon a supportive institutional climate and leadership. We consider ways that institutional researchers can help provide a supportive climate for responsive and regular planning that will link planning and assessment more closely.


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