The program review process is comprised of 3 integrated components: 1) strategic planning, 2) annual reviews, and 3) periodic extensive self-study and (external) reviews. The strategic plan allows the program/unit to develop a long range view (5-7 years) of its mission, priorities, and objectives. It should represent a realistic view of the program/unit’s aspirations as well as a specific plan for how it intends to achieve those aspirations. The annual reviews allow the program/unit to note its accomplishments and in the process, assess its progress in accomplishing its goals and objectives. The periodic (external) review asks the program/unit to engage in an in-depth self-analysis which is reviewed by an external consultant(s). As a result of this periodic review, the program/unit will determine how its strategic plan should be revised to ensure that it responds to the resulting recommendations and thus, ensures that quality improvements continue.
The following materials are guidelines that should prove helpful during the each phase of the program review process. Because each program/unit is unique, it is expected that variations may be necessary, but variations should be kept to a minimum.
PLEASE NOTE: Program accreditation may be used in place of the program review outlined below. Departments using accreditation should be prepared to document that major elements listed below are addressed in its accreditation documents. Each program review is expected to include as many of the program’s faculty as possible.
Consequences of the Program Review Process
It is hoped that ALL units will strive to improve the quality of their programs throughout the program review process. It is anticipated that a small number of outstanding programs will be selected for enhancement by the university. Most programs will be recognized for their conscientious efforts to improve quality and as such, they will continue to be sustained. Hopefully, only a small number of programs will appear to be in need of serious corrective action. Any support of this nature will come from the college.
Program Review Process Information
Prior Program Review Guidelines (2006–2012)