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Learning Outcomes & Curriculum Development

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Learning Outcome Industry Alignment

The university offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and certificate programs that have been approved by the Higher Learning Commission. Prior to the launch or revision of any academic program, the university conducts a full program analysis to ensure it meets industry needs for career relevance and job growth. This review by external industry experts ensures the latest trends and best practices have been incorporated.

Wherever possible, the university’s programs are also aligned to provide specific knowledge needed to successfully pass industry certifications, including but not limited to nationally recognized organizations such as the Society of Human Relations Management, Project Management Institute, State Boards of Accountancy, CompTIA, and Microsoft. This allows students to connect their collegiate program with the recognized professional certificates in their industry. Additionally, CSU-Global seeks industry accreditations wherever relevant to further ensure and verify that its programs are meeting the needs of modern, nontraditional students looking to advance their careers. For example, the B.S. in Business Management, B.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Management, and Master of International Management are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Revision

Programs are revised to ensure content is current, relevant, and accurate as well as to address student learning achievement goals. Program analysis and design must occur at least once within a 24 month period to maintain program relevancy. Thus, the program revision process is

designed to provide every program with two years worth of assessment data prior to revision. Program revisions have four main sources of input:

  • Faculty Content Expertise - Faculty ultimately govern the curricular revision decisions that are incorporated into the program. At any time, faculty members can provide curricular recommendations to the Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator brings faculty suggestions to Program Curriculum and Assessment Committee, comprised of the PC and lead faculty, to discuss, collaborate and agree upon the changes that will be made to the program of study. The Program Curriculum and Assessment Committee decides on changes based on their own expertise and the various inputs from industry, assessment data, and student feedback.
  • Assessment Recommendations - Program revisions take into consideration any recommendations and action items stemming from student outcomes assessment and Annual Program Review processes.
  • Industry Analysis - Industry analysis considers the knowledge and skills needed to meet marketplace trends as well as for associated industry certifications (if applicable). Additionally, as part of the formal program revision process, programs are reviewed by industry analysts (IAs) to get input regarding current and anticipated industry trends. Their feedback is considered
  • by the Program Curriculum and Assessment Committee as they make revision decisions.
  • Student Feedback - Student feedback is reviewed as part of the program revision process and relevant feedback is considered by the Program Curriculum and Assessment Committee as they make revision decisions.

Additionally, revisions may address other needs such as:

  • Programmatic accreditation requirements (if applicable).
  • Adherence to program development standards.
  • Incorporation of course development standards.

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