The State System of Higher Education (SSHE) adopted a policy stating that all university programs shall be evaluated at least once every five years (Attachment 1). When deemed appropriate, the university president or his/her designee may require a shorter review interval. (It is the intent for such interim reviews to address the period of time since the previous program review was completed.)
In order to simplify the program review process as well as to make it more meaningful to individual schools/departments/units, there have been a number of key changes that have been made to the process per the Provost as of December 2011:
- The program review will address questions in three required areas of focus: Curriculum, Student Success, and Integrated Planning. selected areas of focus may include: Faculty Accomplishments, Pedagogy, and Other (to be identified by the department and approved by the Dean).
- A standard program data packet (Attachment 3) will be compiled by the staff of the Office of Institutional Research – for academic program reviews only.
- A final report will not exceed fifteen (15) pages of narrative.
- With the approval of the Provost, accreditation reviews may be integrated with the program review process, even replacing the program review, but it may be necessary to expand the accreditation review to insure meeting all program review requirements.
- Academic and academic- and student-support unit program reviews must complete the State System Summary Form (Attachment 9).