Curricular Mapping for Program Improvement

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Curricular Mapping for Program Improvement

Objective: To illustrate a curricular mapping method and discuss its benefits for evaluation, assessment, and faculty education.Methods: This was the first of a three-year project to examine the newly-revised School of Pharmacy curriculum. Tools were developed to capture data and automate analyses. Subcommittees consisting of two Academic Affairs Committee members, two faculty, and two student volunteers were formed to evaluate clusters of P1 courses. The instructor of record also evaluated his/her course. Evaluations will be compared, discussed, synthesized, and analyzed.Results: The subcommittee mapping meetings and course-level mapping tool have uncovered duplicate lectures, small gaps in coverage, and objectives that need refinement. When all courses are complete, the program-level mapping tool will provide a comprehensive look at foundational science elements included in the first year of the curriculum.Conclusion: Students have provided invaluable feedback throughout the process. The tools developed to capture and analyze data give a visual depiction of the course content and program status. Though a complete picture of program status will not be available until after the third year, steps can be taken to incorporate any noted content gaps in the preceding curricula. Faculty have been enlightened by the formal mapping process and now recognize its value for assessment and accreditation.

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