Curriculum Mapping as a Tool for Continuous Quality Improvement


A curriculum map that is embedded in solid educational principles demonstrates how courses are integrated to achieve an intended curriculum. It provides ongoing documentation and analysis as opposed to a brief description for institutional program review as well as periodic programmatic and institutional accreditation. A curriculum map also demonstrates the progression and scaffolding of student learning and knowledge acquisition through an academic program. The curriculum map commonly promotes a shared responsibility for the curriculum and its mandate of preparing students among faculty and staff. This presentation on curriculum mapping will outline an efficient and effective way of providing an evidence-based approach to continuous quality improvement for academic programs in colleges and universities.


Curriculum mapping, Continuous quality improvement, Program assessment, Accreditation


Assessment and Evaluation


Virtual Lightning Talk


  • Dr. Paul Bowdre
    • Director of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, Office of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness & Assistant Professor, Oakland City University, United States IN, United States
    • Bowdre received a B.S. degree in sociology from Western Carolina University, a M.P.S. degree in health and human services administration from Lynn University, a M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration degree from Mountain State University, an Ed.S. degree in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University, and an Ed.D. (Organizational Management) from Oakland City University. He has also completed undergraduate and a graduate certificate programs in the social sciences at the University of North Carolina and Lynn University, a graduate certificate in community college teaching from California State University, Dominguez Hills, a graduate academic certificate from Chadron State College, a graduate certificate in higher education assessment from James Madison University, and a graduate certificate in security studies from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.      Bowdre has over 24 years of criminal justice experience including 13 years as a police officer with the Town of Palm Beach, Florida Police Department where his last assignment was as a captain and watch commander. Bowdre was employed for 11 years as a law enforcement senior inspector with the Florida Department of Corrections Office of the Inspector General and as an investigative lieutenant the Wyoming Department of Corrections Investigations Unit.      Bowdre has completed the Florida law enforcement officer and correctional officer academies and has completed over 6,500 hours of specialized training in such diverse areas as white-collar crime investigation, computer crime, and computer forensics, homicide investigation, and crime analysis. He holds certifications as a police officer, correctional officer, law enforcement instructor, ASP tactical baton instructor, fraud examiner, fraud specialist, homeland protection professional, organizational resilience specialist. Bowdre is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.      Bowdre was employed as the criminal justice program manager at Cambridge College in Aurora, CO where he established a criminal justice associate degree program and then as a criminal justice instructor and the program director at Western Nebraska Community College where he oversaw two-degree and two certificate programs and a high school criminal justice career academy. More recently, Bowdre was employed at SUNY Canton as an assistant professor and curriculum coordinator for the Homeland Security Program in the Criminal Justice Department. During AY 2016-2017 and AY 2018-2019, Bowdre has served as a lecturer and coordinator of the Criminal Justice Program at Oakland City University. Beginning in August 2017, Bowdre became the director of assessment and oversees the assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness efforts at OCU.