Curricular Analytics Working Group

The Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Curriculum and Education has convened a working group on curricular analytics, which is the quantified analysis of curricula.

What is Curricular Analytics?

Curricular analytics uses computer algorithms to analyze curricular data, such as the requirements of a degree program. Analysis can be done to determine the relative complexity of a degree or the similarities between degrees, for example.

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Working Group Charge

Curricular analytics require that degree requirements are coded and structured in a uniform manner for comparison both internally at Drexel and with peer institutions. The purpose of the Working Group on Curricular Analytics is to create a curriculum design tool and propose a standard representation of degree requirements across Drexel’s majors for the purpose of curricular analysis. It is important to note that the standard representation would not change Drexel’s curriculum in any way; it would simply represent the current degree constraints in a precise and consistent manner that is both human readable and computer readable.

This process was started by Vice Provost Steve Weber and undergraduate student Dmitri LaBelle in the spring and summer of 2023.

The benefits of curricular analysis include:

  • Understanding the relative complexity and similarities of Drexel’s degrees.
  • Creating visual representations of degrees for redesigning curricula, assessing the feasibility of internal transfer, creating plans of study and more.
  • Supporting data-driven efforts towards curricular improvement.

Working Group Membership

The following individuals comprise the Working Group on Curricular Analytics:

  • Steven Weber, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Curriculum and Education (Chair)
  • Charleen Baselice, Director, University Catalog, Provost’s Office
  • Sean Brown, Systems Analyst Manager, Curriculum, Academic Information Systems
  • Sujoy Das, Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment and Accreditation, Provost’s Office
  • Melanie DeCinque, Executive Director, Web, Integration and Mobile Services, Information Technology
  • Hossain Ebrahimi-Nejad, Data Scientist, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Dawn Gibian, Catalog and Editorial Assistant, Provost's Office
  • David Goldberg, Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Studies, Department of Physics, Member of Faculty Senate
  • Thomas Gutman, Interim Vice President, Enrollment Management, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Michael Harrington, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Enrollment Services, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Joseph Hawk, Executive Director of Assessment and Accreditation, Provost's Office
  • Jason Kuhn, Senior Web Developer, LeBow College of Business
  • Alexey Kuraev, Cooperative Education Student, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Dmitri LaBelle, Student, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Chris LaChance, Consultant, Provost's Office
  • Sarah Malik, Student, Nina Henderson Provost Scholar, Provost's Office
  • Kathryn Matuch, Associate Vice President, Core Enterprise Systems, Information Technology
  • Hilary Mitnick, Associate Director, Admissions Services, Enrollment Management and Student Success
  • Kevin Montgomery, Executive Director of College Operations, LeBow College of Business
  • Joanne Ott, Systems Analyst, Academic Information Systems
  • Mary Quigley, Assistant Vice President, Academic Information Systems
  • Giuseppe Salomone, Assistant Vice President and University Registrar
  • Satvik Tripathi, Student, Nina Henderson Provost Scholar, Provost’s Office