About us


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:

  • 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 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:

  • 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