Managing Program and Curricular Change toward Faculty Consensus

Academic Leader

Curricula have been hotly contested throughout the history of American higher education and are no less debated today. Many situations can prompt a group of faculty to take a fresh look at their curricula. Accrediting bodies can adjust their criteria, student demographics can change, broader social or professional contexts can prompt reexamination, and educational trends such as integrated learning, K-12 partnerships, service learning, or problem-based learning can lead to revisions in the way a curriculum is conceptualized and organized, as well as in the way it is taught.

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