Selkirk College Chooses Watermark to Integrate its Curriculum, Catalog and Syllabus Management Processes

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NEW YORK—September 24, 2019 –Watermark, a pioneer in educational intelligence, is pleased to welcome one of its newest institutional partners, Selkirk College located in British Columbia, Canada. As a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Selkirk has selected Watermark’s fully integrated, turnkey curriculum, academic catalog, and syllabus management solution in order to better integrate its Academic Calendar and Course Outline processes and manage them digitally. With Watermark, Selkirk looks forward to being able to:

  • Centralize curriculum review, which will better support collaboration, increase communication, and provide clearer guidelines for how to submit and review proposals.
  • Provide clearer visibility into decisions made and progress to date in the curriculum review process.
  • Establish consistent syllabi/course outlines aligned to learning outcomes.
  • Publish up-to-date academic catalogs/calendars in real time that reflect curriculum changes.

Focused on centralizing their curriculum review processes and streamlining catalog/calendar management activities, Selkirk College will leverage Watermark to support more effective communication and collaboration among faculty and administrators, using robust coordination tools, custom workflows, real-time notifications, and automated committee agendas to ensure that reviewers know when to engage and have clear visibility into decisions. The College will be able to provide clearer documentation of curriculum processes for accreditation, leverage integrated course data from their Student Information System, and generate reports on curriculum changes, user activities, and program requirements for an even fuller picture of institutional effectiveness on campus.

In addition, Selkirk College will use Watermark to edit and review, as well as implement a more efficient catalog/calendar review and approval process. Before Watermark, when a department chair or dean emailed changes that needed to be applied to the catalog/calendar, updating the documents was a manual process handled by the registrar’s office. Managing this process manually became especially challenging as deadlines for changes to the catalog/calendar approached. Enforcing the deadline often involved sending multiple emails or knocking on doors to get things submitted on time, which proved inefficient. With Watermark, Selkirk College can create a well-organized, branded catalog/calendar that truly reflects it unique programs and requirements. Custom workflow tools make it easy to keep contributors on task to meet deadlines, while simplifying the process of publishing and updating the catalog/calendar online and in print for fast access by students, faculty, accreditors and community members.

“We’re excited to be one of the first Canadian colleges with an integrated, online academic calendar by SmartCatalog, so that we can more efficiently manage our processes. We’ve found Watermark team members easy to work with and responsive. In addition, as part of this system, we’ll be centralizing our course outline processes, which means we’ll have a well-defined process for creating, approving, sharing, and publishing course outlines term over term — easily integrating and aligning the learning outcomes of our curriculum to both our outlines and academic calendars. We look forward to being able to more effectively create an academic calendar that represents the full breadth of offerings at Selkirk,” said John Kincaid, Vice President, Students and Advancement/Registrar for Selkirk College.

In moving from a manual, paper-based process to using technology to manage their catalog/calendar creation, reviews, and publishing processes, Selkirk College will save time publishing course listings online in a course catalog/calendar and on departmental websites by leveraging connections within the academic content database. With course data from their Student Information System, Selkirk College can push catalog/calendar updates back to campus systems, as well as generate reports on changes, program requirements, and more. Approved curriculum changes, program requirements, and links between pre-reqs and co-reqs can be pushed right to the fully searchable catalog/calendar and used to populate course descriptions in both syllabi/course outlines and the catalog/calendar. Selkirk College now has the ability to more easily provide students with clear guidelines and resources to inform their academic planning and help ease advising processes.

“We’re pleased to welcome Selkirk College to the Watermark Community and to support this institution’s work. As a global company, we are committed to developing solutions that institutions, including community colleges like Selkirk College, around the world need to meet the challenges of managing core institutional processes, including curriculum, catalog, and syllabus management, in a way that is efficient, effective, and engaging for users. We want our technology to ease these processes so that administrators don’t have to spend their time doing this manually, and can remain focused on making meaningful curricular improvements that positively impact students,” said Kevin Michielsen, CEO of Watermark.

Founded in 1966, Selkirk College is Bristish Columbia’s oldest rural community college and home to more than 60 nationally recognized programs serving nearly 2,700 full-time learners per year in certificate, diploma, bachelor degree, co-operative education and continuing education programs. Home to the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, Applied Research & Innovation Centre, and the Mir Centre for Peace, Selkirk College offers unique educational pathways that immerse learners in relevant outcomes. With eight campus locations in six different West Kootenay and Boundary communities, Selkirk College offers outcomes for in-demand employment, credit transfer to a multitude of universities for degree completion, and enhanced training to further career opportunities.

With Watermark as their partner, Selkirk will be able to capture core connections between related content including course data, program requirements, and learning outcomes in ways it couldn’t before, which will help them streamline processes and eliminate its once paper-based processes. The institution is poised to continue centralizing its approach to keeping curriculum and all academic content up to date, accessible, and more transparent to its stakeholders.

Victoria Guzzo
Director, Corporate Communications