I am having problems with understanding a term in English. The term is "Matrix." I am translating a guide to opening private universities. Now, I am not asking for a translation of the term. I just want to know what the heck it means exactly. This is the context:
"The proposal or self-study includes:
i. a matrix relating program outcomes to the learning outcomes of the courses comprising the curriculum..."
I have been looking at the different definitions from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/matrix and the only thing that seems to come close is the exception number 7: " A binding substance, as cement in concrete."
Thanks for any help.