In 2010 we began a process to revise the University of Maryland University College undergraduate curriculum. The redesign was intended to create a more career-oriented curriculum to provide students with the skills and knowledge that could be applied in the workplace. UMUC redesigned 32 programs, including over 800 courses. Over 400 Faculty were involved in the year-long process. This presentation will walk participants through the process of identifying real-world program learning outcomes and authentic assessments.
Program outcomes were developed with professionals from the field. Each Academic Director invited professionals from the respective field to help define outcomes for his/her program. Through a structured, facilitated process, the group of professionals brainstormed the roles that students with a degree in the field would hold. This list of identified roles led the group to brainstorm the competencies that these roles would require. The competencies were clustered to form broad statements of what the student would need to be able to do