Southern New Hampshire University
Managing curriculum across campus and three different modes—on campus, online, and competency-based—was nearly impossible. There was no way to know how proposed changes to courses would impact other departments or dependencies. Sometimes it could take a few years when a student was ready to graduate for the administration to realize that a curriculum change impacted the requirements needed for graduation.
Kuali Curriculum tracks dependencies and automatically flags dependencies that are affected with proposed curriculum changes. This ensures that any affected dependencies can be addressed and eliminated, or the changes can be rejected entirely.
Samantha Poulin, senior assistant registrar, said that since they started using Kuali, the amount of curriculum changes has increased, and Kuali has enabled them to make sure the curriculum works for both faculty and students.
“It’s helped us be accountable,” she said. One aspect of Kuali that has been particularly helpful is the ability to break down courses by mode, whether it be a traditional on-campus course, an online class, or part of the competency-based program. There can be multiple workflows for the same course depending on the mode, and that really helps the management team understand how everything is connected.
Over 100 faculty have access to the Kuali software at SNHU, with a wide variety of skill levels and willingness to adopt new systems, but Poulin reports that they all use the software primarily to propose curriculum changes.
“It really shows who has done their homework and who hasn’t when it comes time to change courses,” she said. Having visibility into the process from the very beginning has proven so valuable to a much smoother and accurate curriculum.
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