Project Management

Developing Quality Project Management Curriculum (Part 2)

Cindy teaches undergraduate students as well as graduate students and executives in Project Management, Enterprise Resource Planning and Business Intelligence at American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Quality curriculum can be an ever-moving target and is sometimes subject to accreditor’s thoughts and opinions. There are a few ways you can work to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to quality curriculum for your program.

A: Align with the GAC. PMI’s Global Accreditation Center (GAC) is continually updating “standards for project, program, portfolio management and related programs at the bachelor’s, post graduate and doctoral degree levels.[1]” Aligning your curriculum with these standards ensures your students are receiving a comprehensive understanding of project, program and portfolio management.

As the accreditation world moves forward (like it or not), schools can set themselves apart from other programs with accreditation. In addition, students value the higher standard that accreditation gives to a program. There are more and more schools with GAC accreditation each year; don’t be afraid to reach out to those schools for advice on how to align your curriculum.

B: Benchmark. As the field is growing, a number of very good schools are implementing project, program and portfolio management concentrations, minors, undergraduate and graduate degrees. Finding peer institutions—and an aspirant institution to benchmark your program against—will help you achieve quality.

Be sure to include programs that may not offer…

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