The program review process is comprised of 3 integrated components:
- Strategic planning
- Annual reviews
- Periodic extensive self-study and (external) reviews
In the periodic review, the program/unit determines how its strategic plan should be revised to ensure that it responds to the resulting recommendations and thus, ensures that quality improvements continue. This process occurs over a period of five years.
In the outline for the Program Review strategic plans, Section 3 focuses on outcomes assessment and asks the following:
Educational Outcomes for all the Unit’s Degree Programs (i.e., an Assessment Plan) [Source: Program Unit]
- What are the expected educational outcomes for students who complete each of the unit’s degree programs (graduate and undergraduate)?
- What are the expected educational outcomes for students who complete each of the unit’s classes in general education?
- How does the unit assess the progress toward achieving these outcomes? (What techniques will be used?)
- How are the assessment results used to improve the effectiveness of the unit’s instructional programs?