The Office of Curriculum, Learning Design, and Academic Assessment (OCLDAA) provides leadership and support for:

  • curriculum
  • learning design
  • academic assessment processes
  • strategies
  • management

We ensure that curriculum, learning design, and assessment activities on campus:

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  • inform and strengthen teaching and learning
  • articulate and define program and course curricula and student learning outcomes
  • provide systematic, ongoing assessment of student learning and curriculum design
  • meet the standards for degree program accreditation, as well as university-wide regional accreditation by North Central Association and the Higher Learning Commission
  • align and integrate the university’s academic goals, priorities, and practices

We advance the academic strategic priorities of curriculum, learning design and assessment through a range of efforts, such as:

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  • collaboratively working with faculty to design or tailor curriculum, learning design, and assessment strategies that reinforce the university’s commitment to a learner-centered environment
  • providing guidance and support for curriculum, learning design, and assessment for university-wide programs, such as the:
    • Liberal Studies Program
    • Global Learning Initiative
    • Diversity requirement
  • ensuring reliable, appropriate, and timely use of institutional information in decision-making processes within Academic Affairs
  • providing extensive support and assistance to the University Curriculum Committee, University Graduate Committee, and University Assessment Committee
  • participate in university-level discussions involving the strategic plan, and contribute meaningful approaches to assess university progress toward meeting strategic plan goals
  • fostering collaborative relationships with a variety of offices, including:
    • Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
    • the eLearning Center in assessing learning in electronically delivered courses and programs
    • Faculty Development
  • developing and coordinating accreditation and program review activities related to curriculum, learning design, and academic assessment
  • engaging at the national level with assessment and curriculum in higher education communities to sustain knowledge of trends and best practices
  • disseminating Northern Arizona University contributions to current practices in curriculum, learning design, and assessment of learning outcomes
  • designing, developing, and implementing strategies to assess and improve the quality and effectiveness of our office


We offer consultations, facilitations, and strategic planning for:

  • assessment
  • intentional program design/ curriculum design
  • intentional course design
  • curriculum processes for acceptance and changes to the academic catalog

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We gladly assist you with assessment efforts, including:

  • analysis of program-level assessment data
  • classroom and web-course assessment techniques
  • designing course evaluation questions suitable for assessing learning
  • designing manageable degree-program assessment plans and annual reports
  • preparing for degree program accreditation and academic program review assessment requirements

We can also provide:

  • online assessment resources
  • practical books on assessment, such as Tom Angelo’s book, Classroom Assessment Techniques, and Linda Suskie’s book, Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide to Academic Units
  • specialized consulting visits with:
  • individual chairs or directors
  • departmental assessment or curriculum committees
  • entire departments or schools at faculty meetings