Course catalog management providers on challenges faced by colleges

What aspects of course catalog management do you see colleges struggling with, particularly in terms of adopting current best practices or understanding the importance of this area?
By: | Issue: November/December, 2019
November 4, 2019
Most colleges offer an online version of the course catalog—but many aren’t taking advantage of the connectivity and smart technology available.Most colleges offer an online version of the course catalog—but many aren’t taking advantage of the connectivity and smart technology available.

“What we’re seeing is colleges trying to tackle the difficult challenge of answering two questions for students: ‘What is this program going to mean for me?’ and ‘What is it going to take to complete it?’ That means trying to decide how and whether their curricular pathways are flexible enough to allow for completion, communicating recommended sequences and tying completion to a clearly articulated set of competencies (or even jobs). That’s a lot harder to do than to list courses and rules.” —
Joel Hernandez, CEO, eLumen Inc.

“Colleges lack one source of truth for curriculum information from which to build catalogs, change curriculum, power pathways, inform degree audit, and display programs and courses information on webpages like admissions and departments. Solutions that store curriculum as data, and provide access through APIs, enable real-time synchronization across the ecosystem.” —Angela Selden, CEO, DIGARC

“Institutions are seeing success with a curriculum-first approach to catalogs. While many campuses host their catalogs online, most still use paper to get approvals for new curricula and manually enter information. It’s error-prone, redundant, and puts on-time graduation at risk. With the right curriculum tool, institutions maintain data integrity.” —Chris Coppola, general manager, enterprise systems, Kuali

“Managing academic course catalogs should not be limited by technology. Catalog content needs to be dynamic and updated in real time; the technology used needs to seamlessly integrate data from curriculum management and other enterprise systems. The focus should be on the quality of content and not the level of effort.” —Mark Svorinic, CEO, CurrIQunet


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