Wednesday, December 8, 2010

League Guide to Curriculum Alignment

MPICT encourages efforts to align ICT curriculum from K-12 systems, through community colleges, to 4-year colleges and universities. The League for Innovation in the Community College has a new resource that can help.

Significant Discussions: A Guide to Secondary and Postsecondary Curriculum Alignment provides a set of viable, step-by-step strategies, tools, and tips for aligning curriculum across systems of education. Created to encourage and facilitate collaborative work to improve student success, Significant Discussions was developed, with generous support from MetLife Foundation, by more than 150 community college and secondary school faculty and administrators and their business, industry, and community partners.

In crafting Significant Discussions, the team was guided by findings from earlier projects that curriculum alignment can ease and hasten transitions from high school to community college. By eliminating the need for remediation, such alignment can help improve student retention, success, and completion. Increased retention can also help improve the college's bottom line, an important consideration at any time, but especially when budgets are declining and enrollment is increasing.

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