1P8 Monitoring Curricular Currency
Western reviews academic programs at least every five years (1C2) as required by MDHE. In almost all cases, external reviewers participate in the process and provide evaluations of the curriculum that include comments related to comparisons with national trends and the currency of the course offerings. These comments generally indicate an up-to-date curriculum; however, if recommendations for curricular changes are suggested, such recommendations are thoroughly evaluated, often resulting in curriculum revisions. National organizations accredit many of Western’s programs (Figures 8.4, 9.2). The processes required for these accreditations contribute to an ongoing monitoring of programs for currency and effectiveness. Numerous curricular changes have resulted from such reviews. Advisory councils provide valuable information that informs decisions related to program curriculum. Several departments have organized advisory boards to evaluate departmental programs, suggest changes, and make important links to the community. Licensing exam results, conferences, and employer feedback also function as indicators for change in programs
relative to currency and effectiveness.
End-of-course evaluations provide feedback from learners. Faculty uses student evaluation feedback to improve the effectiveness of teaching and
Departments monitor changing requirements in the professions, internal and external needs, student needs, and make recommendations to continue or discontinue individual courses.