The Pennsylvanis (PA) State System of Higher Education (SSHE) adopted a policy stating that all university programs shall be evaluated at least once every five years. 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 in December 2011, and most recently, September 2017:
- The program review self-study will provide an update since last Program Review and address: Enrollment & Student Success, Curriculum and Student Learning, Resources, Faculty, and Compliance with BOG Policy 1990-06-A. Recommendations, updated Action Plan, and updated Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Plan are the desired outcomes of the program review process.
- A standard program data packet (Data Packet link) 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 non-academic- and student-support unit program reviews must complete the self-study. Documents that need to be submitted for Academic Programs is available HERE.
- The Executive Summary will be shared with PASSHE and the Council of Trustees.