Wilkes, Floyd A.; Johnson, David W.; Ormond, Pat: Is a Curriculum Management System in Your Future?, Business Computer Information Systems Department, School of Business, Utah Valley State College, 800 West University Parkway, Orem, Utah 84058-5999 2002.

K-12 education has changed drastically in the past two decades. Today, state and federally mandated curriculum standards are enforced, and positive outcomes assessment is linked to teacher advancement. Higher education today is faced with challenges that will require a sharper focus on its curricul...

THEMES: Wilkes, Floyd A. | Johnson, David W. | Ormond, Pat
YEAR: 2002

The foundation of any educational institution is its
curriculum. Yet, relatively little attention is paid to
developing, analyzing, reviewing, and assessing this
foundation in higher education. One possible explanation
for this lack of attention is the dearth of available tools,
techniques, and systems to support such efforts.
A Curriculum Management System (CMS), in its
broadest sense, is an automated system which supports
the entire curriculum process from planning to
implementation to assessment. As Harden (2001) points
out, the curriculum is a sophisticated blend of educational
strategies, course content, learning outcomes, educational
experiences, and assessment. This broad view of a CMS
is derived from the current elementary and secondary
education environment that is driven by federal and state
mandated course content standards and the need for
continual curriculum audits (West 2000). Such systems
are starting to find their way into higher education as
well, particularly in the field of medicine (CurrMIT,
1999). The focus of this paper, however, is on a
somewhat narrower definition of a CMS. We define a
CMS to be an automated system that supports the
definition, visualization, analysis, and assessment of an
educational institution’s desired curriculum.