Institute on the Curricular Approach
Sunday, 10 October 2021 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, 13 October 2021 - 5:00pm


10 - 13 October 2021 | Chicago, Illinois 

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Institute 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!

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, October 10

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.    Registration

Monday, October 11

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.     Registration    

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.    Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.    Opening and Welcome

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.    Plenary

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.    Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.    Institutional Showcase            

11:45 – 12:00 p.m.    Q and A         

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.    Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.    Session #1

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.    Break

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.    Session #2

4 – 4:30 p.m.    Faculty Consult Block #1

4:45 – 5: 15 p.m.    Faculty Consult Block #2

Tuesday, October 12

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.    Session #3            

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.     Showcase #1

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.    Break

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.    Showcase #2

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.    Institute Lunch

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.    Keynote #1 and Q&A

2:30 – 3:45 p.m.    Session #4

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.    Break

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.    Showcase #3

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.    Faculty Consult Block # 3

Wednesday, October 13

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.    Session #5

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.    Break

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.    Keynote #2

11:15 – 12:00 p.m.    Closure Experience

For travel purposes, the institute begins at 7:30am on Monday 11 October and ends at noon on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. We suggest that attendees arrive on Sunday 10 October and book flights that depart after 2:00pm on Wednesday, 13 October.