Curricular Efficiency: Improving Academic Success and Degree Completion Webcast Recording



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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.

Defining “Curricular Efficiency”

Curricular efficiency is a metric that can be used to better identify how your curriculum itself is helping students, or hindering them from succeeding and ultimately graduating. This metric is made up of two measures of complexity: structural complexity and instructional complexity.

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.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will be able to analyze the efficiency of your curricula to improve student academic success.


  • 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


Gregory L. Heileman, Associate Provost and Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of New Mexico

Greg has served as the Associate Provost for Curriculum at the University of New Mexico since 2011.  During that time, he has led campus-wide student academic success initiatives, and worked with key entities on campus, to produce all-time record retention and graduation rates.  In 1990, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of New Mexico, where he is currently a Professor.  From 2005 to 2011, he served as Associate Chair (Director of Undergraduate Programs), and led the department through two ABET accreditation visits.  In 2011, he became an ABET program evaluator.  In 2009, he was also awarded the IEEE Albuquerque Section Outstanding Educator Award. He was the recipient of ECE’s Lawton-Ellis Award for combined excellence in teaching, research, and student/community involvement in 2001 and again 2009.  He held ECE’s Gardner Zemke Professorship from 2005 to 2008.  He received the School of Engineering’s Teaching Excellence award in 1995, and the ECE Department Distinguished Teacher Award in 2000. During 1998, he held a research fellowship at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and in 2005, he held a similar position at the Universidad Politénica de Madrid.


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