The accomplishment of anything worthwhile, whether large or small, depends on the completion of goals, activities and milestones. An effective curriculum offers all these things. It provides administrators, teachers and students with structure and a sense of progression.
A curriculum allows administrators to provide a dynamic educational program for current and prospective students. Schools, colleges and universities attract students with a variety of quality, competitive and flexible program curricula. On the other hand it offers teachers the ideas and strategies for assessing student progress. A student must meet certain academic requirements in order to go to the next level. Without the guidance of a curriculum, teachers cannot be certain that they have supplied the necessary knowledge or the opportunity for student success at the next level, whether that level involves a high school, or college .
To the students, a curriculum gives them an understanding of what must be accomplished in order to obtain a degree. Without such knowledge, students would be lost in a maze of academic courses that seemingly leads nowhere. They would have no assurance that they are taking the proper subjects toward a diploma or a degree. A curriculum promotes a sense of order and structure in the pursuit of academic success.
Designing a curriculum involves the interaction of several participants, reaching beyond the academic wall to impact the entire community. Without an effective curriculum, students would not be able to understand or meet the challenges of society. A curriculum prepares an individual with the knowledge to be successful, confident and responsible citizens.