The purpose of academic program review (APR) is to encourage excellence in the instructional program. Areas of the academic programs that are reviewed include: curriculum, instruction, assessment of student learning, advising, faculty professional development and service, and student involvement and satisfaction. In addition, there should be an examination of the program’s financial and physical resources.
The program review process is forward-looking and provides for follow-up. Each step of the process generates Suggestions for Action and may set new directions for the program in particular, and the department as a whole. These suggestions may include actions that can be accomplished by the department with existing funds and resources, as well as actions that may require additional funding or resources. The Suggestions for Action resulting from program reviews / program assessment plans are considered in departmental budget requests.