Institute on the Curricular Approach
Saturday, 12 October 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, 15 October 2019 - 6:00pm


12 - 15 October 2019 | Anaheim, California

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Conference Overview

The 13th annual Institute on the Curricular Approach (ICA), formerly the Residential Curriculum Institute (RCI), will challenge you to rethink the practices and grounding philosophies of student learning and student success beyond the classroom.

Through participation in the ACPA ICA, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explain the rationale for a Curricular Approach to learning beyond the classroom;
  • Implement the 10 Essential Elements of a Curricular Approach;
  • Develop the components of a curricular approach;
  • Design, implement, and assess a curricular approach;
  • Effectively navigate organizational change related to shifting to a curricular approach

A Curricular Approach (CA) is a paradigm shift from traditional educational approaches to an intentional, developmentally sequenced one, defined by institutional mission and purpose.  Staff members using a CA 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 CA uses assessment to inform a process of continuous improvement.

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.

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 the 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 presented by two institute faculty. Each session is also sequenced with learning outcomes and abstracts 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. 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. Come 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 bring a team, we encourage it! Time is built into the schedule to reflect, brainstorm, and consult with faculty about your curricular approach.

Tentative Schedule

Saturday, October 12

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.    Registration

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.    Institute Faculty Meeting


Sunday, October 13

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


Monday, October 14

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


Tuesday, October 15

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 Sunday, October 13th and ends at noon on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. We suggest that attendees arrive on Saturday, and book flights that depart after 3:00pm on Tuesday, October 15.