The Office of the Academic Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Academic Programs and Services (formerly Academic Programs and Graduate Studies) introduced a curriculum management software designed to integrate with the current online catalog and PeopleSoft in Winter 2016 to the Cal State East Bay campus community. Curriculog is a curriculum management system software hosted by Digarc, the company that currently hosts Stanislaus State’s online catalog (catalog.csueastbay.edu).
The system accommodates proposal forms for new and revised courses and programs to be pre-filled with what is currently approved in the catalog. Curriculog automatically routes new and revised proposals for approval. Agendas with curricula can be developed and routed to committees in the system. The software allows all faculty to see what courses and programs are proposed, whether they are on or off campus. Information can be available to public or via sign-on. The paperless process substantially reduces the unnecessary use of paper/printing and allows all comments/revisions to be handled within Curriculog.
Curriculog easily integrates with current University catalog program (Acalog) and PeopleSoft course management modules. The information from Curriculog can be “pushed out” to the catalog, reducing the human error factor and reducing manual work. For more information about the product, view the Curriculog Information Sheet.
The Office of Academic Affairs along with the Associate Vice President and University Curriculum Analyst/Specialist in the Office of Academic Programs and Services (formerly APGS) consulted with the Committee on Instruction and Curriculum (CIC) and the Academic Senate to request to pursue an electronic curriculum tracking solution in winter 2014, in preparation for the high volume of curriculum changes that would occur due to semester conversion as well as to ensure the ongoing curriculum approval process is one that is collaborative and transparent. Both CIC and the Academic Senate approved this request. The Office of Academic Programs and Services (formerly APGS) shared demonstrations in fall 2015 with stakeholders from Information Technology Services, the Office of Enrollment Management and the Office of the Registrar, associate deans from the Colleges of Business and Economics, Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Allied Studies and Science, the Academic Senate Chair, the CIC Chair, and select faculty and department staff and collected feedback after each demonstration until November 2015. The feedback was shared with the Senate Executive Committee and the Provost.
Most of the feedback indicated interest and support of the purchase of Curriculog as a curriculum management software (as well as a catalog management software, Acalog that would integrate with the system). It was identified as a solution that would allow for a smoother transition of curriculum from a quarter to semester system as well as create "transparent" curriculum process beyond the conversion. Some had concerns about the need for in-house technological support to support the software, but it was indicated that the company includes a hosting and support package that should minimize such requirements.