Purpose of Program Review
The academic program review (APR) process provides a cyclical, comprehensive assessment of an academic unit’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement. The primary focus of the academic program review considers factors associated with achieving and maintaining high quality degree programs, including stand-alone certificates. In addition, the review takes into account related departmental/academic unit factors (e.g., climate, communications, facilities, technology, staffing, advising).
The value of the APR rests on its process, its outcomes, and its usefulness. Because the process and outcomes are developed for purposes of improving educational opportunities, curriculum quality, and program relevance, it is essential that the university make appropriate use of the results.
The results are reported to the executive vice president and provost, the dean, the director/chair, and the unit’s faculty. In addition, the results may be made available to university committees involved in planning, assessment, and budgeting processes. Among the individuals and groups involved in the process are the following:
- Executive Vice President and Provost or the provost’s representative;
- Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE);
- Unit’s chair/director and faculty;
- Unit’s staff, as appropriate;
- Undergraduate and/or graduate students in the program(s);
- External reviewer(s);
- Internal review panel; and
- Other key constituents, as appropriate.