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Curriculum Development: Links: Community College and Higher Ed Resources

American Association of Community Colleges

Updates on policy issues, research and information, AACC programming, and strategic outreach to business and industry.

American Educational Research Association

Concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Provides links to features, publications, tips and association news.

Community College Journal of Research and Practice

Published in the UK, the only two-year college journal that is international in scope.

Community College Research Center (CCRC)

Supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and housed at the Institute on Education and the Economy (IEE) at Teachers College , Columbia University. Takes a broad and comprehensive view of community colleges in order to frame the critical questions concerning the fundamental purposes, problems, and performances of community colleges. Promotes research on major issues affecting the development, growth and changing roles of community colleges in the United States. Site provides access to research, links to conferences, publications, seminars and community college resources.

Community College Research Center
CCRC is the leading independent authority on two-year colleges in the United States. They conduct research on the issues affecting community colleges and work with colleges and states to improve student success and institutional performance. Housed at Teachers College, Columbia University, CCRC strategically assesses the problems and performance of community colleges in order to contribute to the development of practice and policy that expands access to higher education and promotes success for all students.

League for Innovation in the Community College
Details, descriptions, and implementation strategies of successful community college innovations, searchable database, and discussion forums.

Michigan Community College NETwork
Reports, studies, surveys and other data related to community colleges in Michigan. Home base for the Michigan Community College Data and Evaluation Committee (MCCDEC), which provides expertise on the collection, interpretation, and evaluation of data in terms of value, implications and information content of the data, for community colleges and community college stakeholders. Also provides resources regarding community college terminology.

Michigan Community College Association
Represents the 28 public community colleges in Michigan. Web site includes community college links, directories, association calendar, and workforce development links.

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Curriculum Development: Links: Jobs and Careers

Information on job trends and information such as salary and length of training needed. These sites will provide the type of information needed when new courses and programs are created.

  • Aberdeen Group
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • CareerBuilder.com
  • Jobvertise
  • Monster.com
  • Salary.com

MIST (Michigan Skills Training) Curriculum Database

Contains modules of instruction developed by Michigan's 28 community colleges for the purpose of providing high technology educational opportunities for workers or potential workers in high demand fields in order to assist Michigan citizens and employers in realizing the potential of a well trained workforce. Allows registered users to identify online open-entry, open-exit curriculum modules available in specific content areas, including module information such as goals, outcomes (correlated to accepted skill standards), recommended prerequisite knowledge & skills, hardware & software requirements.

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Curriculum Development: Links: Curriculum

Center for Research on Teaching and Learning (CRLT)

Course design and syllabus creation resources, including templates, tutorials, and preparation.

Teaching sites dedicated to pedagogical and instructional tips for faculty.

Center for Research on Teaching and Learning (CRLT)

Links to teaching strategies resources.

Explorations in Learning & Instruction: The Theory Into Practice Database (TIP)

TIP is a tool intended to make learning and instructional theory more accessible to educators. The database contains brief summaries of 50 major theories of learning and instruction. These theories can also be accessed by learning domains and concepts.

Journal on Excellence in College Teaching

Peer-reviewed journal published at Miami University by and for faculty at universities and two- and four-year colleges to increase student learning through effective teaching, interest in and enthusiasm for the profession of teaching, and communication among faculty about their classroom experiences.

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Curriculum Development: Links: Design and Teaching of Online Courses

Designing and Teaching Online Courses

Designing and Teaching Online Courses is a six-week, moderated online course that teaches the pedagogy, methodology, and facilitation methods necessary for effective instruction in the online environment. Designing and Teaching Online Courses (DATOC) is a scheduled asynchronous netcourse offered over the Internet in Blackboard 6.

Instructional Technology Resources

Resources and templates for designing online courses, including Blackboard specific instructional design, by Terri Buckner, Instructional Design Consultant.

Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever

By Arthur W. Chickering and Stephen C. Ehrmann How to implement the seven principles pf good instruction using technology.

Distance-Educator.com: Distance Teaching News, Resources and Tools for Professionals in the Field

Resource-rich commercial distance education site.


As a leading online supplier of professional development courses, OnlineLearning.net provides busy teachers with the tools to pursue their lifelong learning objectives. Links to training and resources for online instruction.

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Curriculum & Assessment Handbook

The Office of Curriculum and Assessment has compiled the Curriculum & Assessment Handbook for faculty to use as they design courses and programs. The Handbook provides an overview of curriculum design concepts, definitions, and processes, the foundation for creating a curriculum that promotes student learning; tools for identifying learning outcomes and objectives; these overviews are meant to review concepts that will help promote student growth and development in courses and programs; guidelines for creating a course handout, including sample handouts that have been used in previous courses; course and program development materials, such as the master syllabus form, assessment plans and reports, and guidelines for creating and revising courses and programs; and references to other materials and links to other Web sites; many other resources for developing courses and programs exist, and because research on teaching and learning is ongoing, new resources will continue to be created.

In order to view the Curriculum & Assessment Handbook, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free from Adobe.

File NameFile SizeLast Updated
2019 Curriculum Class and Book Due Dates38.26 KB08/29/2018
Advisory Board Handbook 2018-1999 KB08/28/2018
Curriculum & Assessment Handbook 2015437.79 KB02/09/2016
Guidelines for Credit and Contact Hours198.61 KB02/01/2019

Curriculum Committee: Description

The Curriculum Committee is advisory to the Vice President for Instruction and the President, and has two general responsibilities:

  • Review curriculum standards, course, and program proposals; and
  • Participate in long- and short-term curriculum planning processes.

The function of the Curriculum Committee shall be to review curriculum standards, course and program proposals, and to participate in college planning process for long- and short-term curriculum directions. The committee shall be advisory to the President or the President's designee on all College curriculum matters.

The Curriculum Committee meets weekly during the fall and winter semesters to review course and program proposals, and to take up curriculum-related issues that arise. These meetings are open, and faculty, administration, and staff are encouraged to attend.

The work of the Curriculum Committee is closely related to the purpose of the Assessment Committee.

Schedule of Meetings

Date: Each Thursday, from September through May
Location: Contact the Office of Curriculum & Assessment for the current location
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Faculty will be notified of any changes to the schedule of meetings.

Curriculum Committee: Members

The current committee members are:

Joint Curriculum and Assessment Committee: Agendas, Minutes, and Course Review Memos

The agenda for a meeting is e-mailed to all full-time faculty on the Friday before the meeting. If faculty members wish to initiate an item, they should contact the Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Joy Garrett at jogarrett@wccnet.edu ext. 3374, SC 255.

The approved minutes of the Joint Curriculum and Assessment Committees meeting will be posted following approval by the committees at their next meeting.

The Joint Curriculum and Assessment Committees agendas, minutes, and course review memos can be accessed by date:

September 09/27/2018 Agenda    
  09/20/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  09/06/2018 Agenda Minutes  
August 08/22/2018 Agenda Minutes  
July 07/16/2018 Agenda Minutes  
April 04/19/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  04/12/2018 Agenda Minutes  
March 03/29/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  03/15/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  03/08/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  03/01/2018 Agenda Minutes  
February 02/15/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  02/08/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  02/01/2018 Agenda Minutes  
January 01/25/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  01/18/2018 Agenda Minutes  
  01/04/2018 Agenda Minutes  
December 12/07/2017 Agenda Minutes  
November 11/30/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  11/16/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  11/09/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  11/02/2017 Agenda Minutes  
October 10/26/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  10/19/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  10/12/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  10/05/2017   Minutes  
September 09/28/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  09/21/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  09/14/2017 Agenda Minutes  
  09/07/2017 Agenda Minutes  
August 08/25/2017 Agenda Minutes  


Curriculum Development

Includes college policies, documents, workshops, and links to resource sites related to curriculum development.

Curriculum & Assessment Handbook

A brief description of the Curriculum & Assessment Handbook as well as instructions for downloading the complete document.

Curriculum Committee

A brief description of the Curriculum Committee as well as an archive of meeting agendas and minutes.

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