CAT and CIM


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History of CAT and CIM

VCU's historic process of preparing the bulletin and managing courses and curricula involved many hours of manual work. Often it was necessary to repeat steps to correct errors, resulting in confusion about approval levels and which version was final. The course and curriculum management process was hampered by its lack of a shared centralized repository, a well-defined approval tracking process and an inability to provide real-time status updates for members of the university community.

Following several months of planning, preparation and system reviews, the CourseLeaf CAT and CIM products were deemed to provide the best solution to VCU's needs as they provide:

  • A centralized electronic information source for all bulletin and curriculum activities
  • A workflow to ensure levels of approval are met for all bulletin and curriculum activities
  • Real-time status updates in the system that provide transparency into the bulletin and curriculum process for all community members
  • Integrations with Banner and the Degree Works systems already on campus

CAT

VCU’s implementation of the CourseLeaf Catalog (CAT) component for the VCU Bulletins started in spring 2015. The new bulletin successfully launched in the summer of 2015. The software provides the ability to make the bulletin more interactive and user-focused, as well as:

  • A back-end database for the bulletin, allowing a workflow process for contributors
  • Enhanced design
  • Streamlined navigation and efficient updates

CIM

The CourseLeaf Curriculum Inventory Management, or CIM (pronounced “kim”), module will move VCU to a paperless course and curriculum management system by creating a dynamic workflow for appropriate levels of approval for each type of curricular action.

CIM provides:

  • A centralized electronic information source for all bulletin and curriculum activities
  • A workflow to ensure levels of approval are met for all bulletin and curriculum activities
  • Real-time status updates for all curricular activity for all institutional faculty and staff, increasing transparency
  • Integration with Banner and the Degree Works systems already on campus

Implementation status and timeline

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