Curricular Efficiency: Improving Academic Success and Degree Completion

Last updated June 9, 2016

Course Length

1h 5m

Last Updated

June 9, 2016

Curricular Efficiency: Improving Academic Success and Degree Completion

Last updated June 9, 2016


Learn how understanding your institution or program’s curricular efficiency can inform decisions that improve overall academic success. During this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Challenge some assumptions of student success
  • Analyze your curricular complexity from structural and instructional perspectives
  • Align curricula with student support services
  • Make decisions and discuss curriculum changes with faculty

You will hear three practical case studies that will help illustrate common curricular efficiency problems. Through careful consideration of this important academic data, you can more easily address impediments to student success that you may unknowingly be creating for students.

Who should attend?

If you are involved in curricular committees and student success, this webcast will appeal to you. This webcast will most benefit provosts, deans, and department chairs as you will be able to use simple tools to analyze the efficiency of your curricula, and understand some of the simple curricular patterns that have been applied to improve curricular efficiency.


  • Challenging assumptions: Understanding your local student success environment
  • Finding the data you need
  • Analyzing your curricular complexity
    • The university system and student progress
    • Understanding student flows
    • Degree maps
    • The role of curricula
  • Aligning curricula with student support services (key considerations and takeaways)
    • Case study #1 – the math sequence in STEM degrees.
    • Case study #2 – you say you have a four-year curriculum – I beg to differ!
    • Case study #3 – two-year to four-year transfer articulation.
  • Discussing curriculum changes with faculty
    • Engaging faculty with data
    • Providing a basis for comparing programs
  • Summary and wrap-up
    • Diagnosing inefficiencies
    • Predicting outcomes – linking curricular efficiency to student success
    • Simulating the impact of structural or instructional improvements
    • Curricular efficiency as a change agent