SDSU to Launch Innovative Curriculum Management System
Virtual Senate Town Hall
Virtual Senate Town Hall (26 March, 2-4pm): Provided an overview of the transition to an integrated online catalog and curriculum management platform and answered questions and concerns.
- Virtual Senate Town Hall Zoom recording and audio transcript. Please note, the 2020/2021 General Catalog's general education requirements and course and program listings are now available to view or download. The full 2020/2021 General Catalog will be available soon. SDSU is currently awaiting finalized policy updates from the California State University Chancellor’s Office. Please check this site periodically for updates.
- Virtual Senate Town Hall presentation.
Acalog Project Status
17 April 2020: The inital build of the 19/20 online catalog is complete. Curriculum Services staff will continue to learn about Acalog features, practices, and functions. In addition, the build of the 20/21 online catalog will take place soon. Please check back for updates on this.
7 April 2020: Completed the final review of the combined online catalog. The project team verified change requests and began the activation process and scheduled the wrap-up session to deploy the solution.
23 March 2020 – 6 April 2020: Conducted the final review of the combined online catalog. Curriculum Services staff verified content, validated functionality, and reported issues.
Curriculog Project Status
July 2020 (Change to Project Schedule & Timeline): Google Docs templates will be available for proposal development.
18 June 2020: Revised project timeline graphic was posted to the "Implementation Timeline" section of this page.
17 June 2020 – 23 June 2020: The project team is conducting the Curriculog final review and user testing. The team will validate Curriculog functionality, report issues, and document any change requests.
21 May 2020 – 27 May 2020: Through consultation with the vendor, the project team developed the curricular proposal forms for the system, and built out the workflow for Curiculog, which included an updated list of users.
24 April 2020: Curriculog project began. The project team attended advising sessions and worked with the vendor to devlop the new curriculum management platform.
March 2020 – 1 April 2020: Reviewed and revised curricular proposal types, prompts, and routing in advance of submission to vendor; examples of implemented and proposed changes include:
- General Education: Remove requirement to provide distinct Activities and Assessments for three Essential Capacities and each Area Goal and instead explicitly align and connect these with specific Course Learning Outcomes and their related activities and assessments.
- 500-level Courses: Remove prompt requiring formal differentiation of Undergraduate and Graduate grading for undergraduates and graduates.
- Program Proposal Example: Integrate “missing” CSU and WASC requirements (e.g., curriculum maps) into program proposal, removing the need to “loop back” to proposers after campus-level approval.
- Course Proposals:
- Continue requiring a draft syllabus to overview nature of course.
- Reviewers shall evaluate proposals based on responses to prompts, but can provide informal feedback on draft syllabus.
- As per Provost via Faculty Advancement, academic units will be accountable for syllabus policy compliance for implemented courses.
- Deadlines: Shift review approach from deadline-based to “at-risk for next catalog.”
- Goal: Increase accountability and reduce rubber-stamping.
- Language: “Proposals not approved by <program/college/university> by <date> are at risk of not appearing in the next catalog.”
- Reduction of review levels and implementation of parallel reviews:
- Implement parallel university-level review for General Education and 500-level courses.
- Capture resource impacts from college-approved program proposals and remove “final stop” review by Academic Resources and Planning.
The new integrated online catalog and curriculum management system will ensure timely curriculum development because each system syncs with one another, ensuring that faculty, staff, and students are accessing the most current information.
Additional benefits include:
- Sustainable and eco-friendly (replacing the current printing of over 11,000 catalog copies annually);
- Online, cloud-based, and responsive, mobile-friendly platform;
- Ability to do local edits with universal updates;
- Increased transparency in curriculum development across the institution.
Perhaps most importantly, while the curricular timeline will largely remain the same during the AY20/21 implementation year, this integrated catalog-curriculum system can help SDSU increase the speed of curriculum approval in future years, and thereby potentially shorten the time from formally proposing a new course or program to its appearance in the catalog.
- Proposals approved by the Fall 2019 college-level deadlines will continue being reviewed in CurricUNET. If your proposal was not approved you will have to resubmit in Curriculog.
- Proposers should strive for approval by all university-level committees before end of Spring 2020. Committees are not active over summer and proposals need to be approved at the September 2020 University Senate meeting to make AY21/22 catalog.
- Proposals without University Senate approval by the December 2020 meeting will have to be re-submitted through Curriculog.
- Current curriculum proposals types and their prompts have been substantially reduced and clarified through consultations with various curriculum-focused senate committees.
- Development of the new Curriculog platform will begin in April 2020.
- In mid-May, Word- and Google Doc-based templates for course- and program-based proposals and their finalized prompts will be provided to allow faculty to begin developing proposal content.
- Curriculog will go live in August, and faculty and staff will be supported in various ways, including: step-by-step instructions, visual aids, on-demand video tutorials, and online and in-person training.
- Check back to this website for updates, templates, and training opportunities and resources.
- Virtual Senate Town Hall (26 March, 2-4pm): Provided an overview of the transition to an integrated online catalog and curriculum management platform and answered questions and concerns.
- Virtual Senate Town Hall Zoom recording and audio transcript.
- Virtual Senate Town Hall presentation.
- Academic Policy and Planning Committee (25 Feb): Focused on program proposals, especially in light of past AP&P efforts.
- Graduate Curriculum Council (13 Feb): Focused on 500-level courses and program proposals.
- Academic Resources and Planning Committee (11 Feb): Focused on program proposals, especially in regard to resources.
- General Education Curriculum and Assessment Committee (10 Feb): Focused on GE-specific components; revisited combining of UCC/GECAC.
- Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (6 Feb): General presentation and open discussion; revisited combining of UCC/GECAC.
- Council of Chairs (5 Feb): General presentation and open discussion.
S. Hector Ochoa, Provost, Academic Affairs
Jerry Sheehan, Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Division
Dr. Stephen Schellenberg, Assistant Vice President for Educational Effectiveness, Division of Academic Engagement
and Student Achievement
Dr. James Frazee, Chief Academic Technology Officer and Associate Vice President, Instructional Technology Services
Andrianna Martinez, Project Manager, Instructional Technology Services
Dr. Gregory Wilson, Director, Curriculum Services
Kelly Boyle, Content and Production Specialist, Curriculum Services
Stephanie Guerra, Special Projects, Curriculum Services
Olga Malvrina, Programmer and Analyst, Enrollment Services Information Technology
College of Arts and Letters: Dr. Audrey Beck, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Fowler College of Business: Dr. David Ely, Associate Dean
Education: Dr. Meredith Houle Vaughn, Associate Professor of Science Education
Engineering: Dr. Yusuf Ozturk, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Health and Human Services: Dr. Larry Verity, Associate Dean (Emeritus), Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences (Emeritus)
Professional Studies and Fine Arts: Dr. Luke Winslow, Professor of Communication
SDSU Imperial Valley: Dr. Belén Hernando-Lloréns, Assistant Professor of Education
Graduate Studies: Dr. Estella Chizhik, Professor of Educational Psychology
SDSU World Campus: Terri Linman, Instructional Designer
Questions or concerns related to this project may be directed to the Project Manager, Andrianna Martinez.
For questions regarding curricula and/or catalog content, please reach out to the appropriate contact listed on this website's About page.