Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Challenge: Efficient management of a complex curriculum and publishing of this to a modern catalog to maximise the student experience.
Outcome: A completely new & mobile responsive student catalog underpinned by a definitive source of truth for all curriculum data.
- Claire McCluskey Deputy Registrar and Director of Curriculum and Scheduling, UCLA -
Despite its scale, UCLA previously managed its complex curriculum, catalog and other critical student information resources via homegrown systems and manually intensive processes. This situation was rapidly becoming unsustainable. UCLA recognized the need for radical improvements in its curriculum data management, curriculum approval, and catalog publishing capabilities as being key to maintaining its competitive strengths and commitment to student experience and success.
UCLA went to market for a complete curriculum management solution. They sought a partner with technology that could enable efficient management of its course and curriculum data as well as transform the process of publishing the annual catalog.
And they wanted to leverage modern technology and true platform capabilities. Critical requirements for UCLA included:
Alignment between the problem and solution
The team at UCLA was initially skeptical that a single vendor solution existed in the market. But according to Associate Registrar Claire McCluskey, coordinator of the UCLA selection process, they were thoroughly impressed when they saw CourseLoop. The problems UCLA faced may have appeared unique to their operating model, but the CourseLoop Platform has been purposefully built for universities experiencing these very same challenges on a similar scale.
Strength of the technical capability
The CourseLoop Platform provides true end-to-end curriculum management capability, which integrates ‘input’, ‘update’ and ‘refinement’ of data to directly publish the catalog once campus-defined criteria are met. The modular approach also provides a straightforward pathway for extending this capability through adding additional modules for the required functions (e.g. Governance, Review, Marketing).
Deep domain expertise
Not only did CourseLoop offer all the functionality UCLA was looking for, but the team’s deep domain experience
and its expertise in implementing end-to-end curriculum management and publishing solutions for large and complex universities made CourseLoop the obvious choice.
"In our search for a curriculum management partner, two groups emerged: vendors with limited functionality and an outdated user experience and another group promoting broader capabilities that included a modern, mobile-first user experience. We wanted a complete and robust solution that we could also benefit from immediately, not the promise of future functionality. CourseLoop was uniquely impressive."- CLAIRE MCCLUSKEY, ASSOCIATE REGISTRAR-PUBLICATIONS & SCHEDULING, UCLA -
UCLA’s priority was to transform the catalog publishing process in the first instance. Therefore, the team implemented two CourseLoop modules to form the foundation for adding additional capabilities, while giving them the immediate value they needed most.
The CourseLoop Curriculum Data Management module has delivered the definitive source of truth for UCLA’s curriculum information, as well as the capability to integrate to the existing UCLA systems architecture. The module has also significantly reduced manual data entry and provides the project team with an intuitive user interface.
The CourseLoop Curriculum Publisher module is delivering the capability UCLA needs to deliver a modern catalog and give their students an enhanced user experience. Drawing on the now structured data stored in the Curriculum Data Management module, CourseLoop APIs have enabled integration that automates publication of curriculum information directly to the display layer, and provides the ability to build and organize other catalog pages. Built from the ground up, using a fully mobile-responsive design means students will get the best experience possible, no matter how they interact with the catalog.
The first phase of the project was completed mid-2021, delivering a better catalog for students and an optimized university administrative experience in managing curriculum data. The next phase includes implementing the CourseLoop Curriculum Governance module to automate and digitize UCLA’s workflow across their entire curriculum lifecycle and approval process. This extension in capability will provide UCLA with a robust and repeatable governance process. They will have complete clarity of workflow status and approval points, demonstrated compliance with University governance and approval policies, as well as reduced administrative burden on faculty and academic staff. CourseLoop’s platform approach means this will be a straightforward extension to their existing system, leveraging the same data repository and integration capability.
UCLA is one of the world´s most iconic universities and one of the largest campuses in the University of California system. Offering more than 14,000 courses across 109 academic departments and nearly 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, UCLA is the most applied-to university in the US. For just the 2020 fall semester alone, the university received more than 130,000 applications from potential students. UCLA is also a major contributor to research and technology, with the valuation of startups built from UCLA´s technology innovations since 2000 totaling $33 billion across more than 140 new companies.