COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND: The University of Maryland recently launched its implementation of the Kuali Curriculum Management module, Testudo Curriculum Management (Testudo CM). The software is the first component in the community-source Kuali Student system, a product designed in a collaborative effort among 10 universities across the globe.
William McLean, Associate Vice President for Academic Services at Maryland, serves as the Chair of the Kuali Student Board. "We are thrilled to see the first proposals moving through the Kuali Curriculum Management process and flowing into an existing student information system," McLean stated. "Maryland is demonstrating to the community how Kuali Student and its Curriculum Management screens can be configured for local use and fully integrated into existing systems."
The Curriculum Management module guides users as they propose new courses and programs. Faculty and other curricular administrators create proposals which the system then routes for the appropriate approvals. The system facilitates the review process by highlighting changes and by automating the document routing. Mike Colson, Senior Coordinator for Academic Programs, was part of the team responsible for the Maryland implementation. "We've been able to tailor the system to meet our needs and our own workflow processes," Colson indicated. "It's going to eliminate unnecessary data entry and will make the curricular review process more efficient."
The First Course Proposal
Cindy Clement, an Instructor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics, proposed the first new course in the system – ECON155: Economics and the College Affordability Crisis. The course was designed to fulfill one of the campus's new General Education requirements. "I'm excited to see this project come to fruition and to see the Maryland version," Clement said. "Proposing courses is easy, and it will make proposing course modifications much easier because it uses actual course data and highlights changes."
Watch Cindy demonstrate the course proposal in her video...
The Road to Modernization
Implementation of Curriculum Management is part of a larger effort to modernize student systems at Maryland. John Robinette directs Maryland's technical collaborations with the Kuali Foundation and describes the importance of the Testudo CM launch. "This is the first step in modernizing our systems. We've built interfaces from Kuali into existing systems and these will allow us to bring new pieces into production gradually over the next several years."
About Kuali at the University of Maryland
The Kuali Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Indiana, supports the development of open-source administrative software for the higher education community, by the higher education community. The University of Maryland is a Founding Member of Kuali Student and is involved in several other Kuali implementations. Brian Voss, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Maryland stated, "Kuali offers a path to institutions looking for alternatives to less flexible and more cost-intensive information system solutions, and Maryland is excited to be a key part of the community effort to bring Kuali Student into fruition; it is our chosen path forward." In addition to Kuali Student, the Kuali Foundation oversees development of seven other administrative software products.