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Institute on the Curricular Approach™

December 4 @ 4:00 pm - December 18 @ 12:00 pm UTC+0

December 4, 11 & 18 2020 // Online

The Institute for the Curricular Approach is going virtual! Register to attend three day of synchronous content delivered virtually December 4, 11, and 18, 2020 and have access to asynchronous content available starting December 1.

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Conference Overview

Through participation in the ACPA ICA, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Apply the 10 Essential Elements of a Curricular Approach
  • Design, implement, and assess a Curricular Approach
  • Learn from other institutions implementing a Curricular Approach through Showcase presentations
  • Get feedback from Institute faculty about designing a Curricular Approach through Faculty Consults

A Curricular Approach is a paradigm shift from traditional educational approaches to an intentional, developmentally sequenced one, defined by institutional mission and purpose. Staff members using a Curricular Approach first identify clear learning goals and outcomes grounded in the history, culture, mission, and purpose of each institution. Then staff members identify student engagement strategies that can provide opportunities for students to achieve these learning goals and outcomes. Goals are sequenced, pedagogy rooted in scholarship of teaching and learning, and campus partners incorporated from throughout the institution. A Curricular Approach uses assessment to inform a process of continuous improvement.

Shifting to using a Curricular Approach is not superficial nor is it simply utilizing learning outcomes to guide programming. A Curricular Approach requires a new way to think about student learning and a refined leadership mindset. A curricular approach utilizes these 10 Essential Elements.

Kerr, K. G., Tweedy, J., Edwards, K. E. and Kimmel, D. (2017), Shifting to Curricular Approaches to Learning beyond the Classroom. About Campus, 22: 22-31.

More about ICA:

This learning experience is an institute and not a conference. Sessions are organized and sequenced for professionals who are first-time attendees and returning attendees. Each session is also sequenced with learning outcomes to create an integrated, developmentally sequenced, experience for the participants. Showcases are also offered from a variety of institutional sizes and types to give concrete examples of how a Curricular Approach can be implemented consistently across campuses but also tailored for each unique campus context. All sessions will be recorded.

Whether it is your first Institute or your twelfth, you will leave inspired with new insights, new collegial connections, new examples and innovations, and new energy. We have representatives from all sizes and types of institutions who have benefited from the Institute experience. Connect virtually and learn with us!

Demographics of institute participants (based on 2017 institute evaluation data):

Team Attendance      Years Attending RCI
Attended without a team
      First time attendee
Attended with two to five colleagues
      Returning attendee
Attended with more than six colleagues


Why Send a Team?

Consistently, some of the best feedback we receive from participants is from those who attended as members of an institutional team. While individual attendance is perfectly fine, if you can register as a team, we encourage it so you can learn together in real time and build or advance your Curricular Approach together. Team registration rates are available!


December 4 @ 4:00 pm UTC+0
December 18 @ 12:00 pm UTC+0