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Guiding Principles for Quality Curriculum

This handbook provides further clarification and examples to accompany the Guiding Principles for Quality Curriculum.

Core Values:

A student’s education is a holistic journey that encompasses in-class and out-of-class experiences. Good curriculum acknowledges and fosters these connections as we prepare students to meet their goals.

In general, curriculum at UFV is:

• reflective of our identity and strategic priorities as expressed in UFV’s Strategic Plan, Education Plan, SEM Plan, Institutional Learning Outcomes, and commitment to Indigenizing the Academy;
• intentional, in that it is designed with care to meet the criteria listed below; and
• continually improving and adapting to changing contexts.

Principles: Quality curriculum is:

1. Outcome-driven, aligned, and intentionally designed to achieve its purpose.
2. Rigorous, meeting credential-level standards recognized by the Ministry, by professions, industry, and by academic communities, and striving for excellence.
3. Current, relevant, and forward-looking.
4. Connected to civic and personal obligations and growth as central to learning.
5. Flexible – It provides varied modes of delivery, recognition of prior and alternative learning experiences, and multiple program pathways.
6. Inclusive – It respects and honours people’s differing backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and identities as a foundation and support for each student’s success. It is in compliance with human rights legislation, and reflects UFV’s commitment to internationalization, Indigenization, and access.

Handbook to accompany Guiding Principles for Quality Curriculum, June 2016 University of the Fraser Valley

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