Program Reviews

The purpose of CLU’s Academic Program Review is to improve programs through a focused, in-depth self-study completed by faculty.  A Program Review is a continuous, collaborative process of gathering, interpreting, reflecting upon and using data to inform decision making and culminating in a Program Review Report.  

The Review documents evidence about the extent to which students are meeting learning outcomes.  A combination of CLU’s Mission, Strategic Plan, and Student Learning Outcomes inform the Program Review process.  The actual process of conducting the self-study has been seen by faculty as an invaluable process from which to learn about their program from many perspectives.

A report is written that documents the review of programs approximately once every seven years (see Schedule). A checklist is available to help with sequencing. A PowerPoint version of the sequence is also available.

In summary, the Program Review report:

  • Documents academic quality and the extent to which students are meeting learning outcomes;
  • Set standards and expectations for learning (by comparison to the discipline and specific comparison university programs.
  • Demonstrates educational effectiveness by assessing student learning outcomes;
  • Acknowledges program strengths; and
  • Seeks ways of further enhancing the quality of a program.

Proposing New Programs

Guiding Principles

The Program Review Guiding Principles guide the Review process.  A Program Review is intended to be:

  • Simple and meaningful;
  • Flexible, in order to serve the needs of small to large programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education; and
  • Collaborative, involving faculty, staff, administrators, and students. 

Schedule

Program review is an on-going annual responsibility for each program. There should be annual assessment record on file in the program's v: program review folder. Annual program review efforts reduce the stree of completing the full formal program review reports.

Full formal reports on Program Reviews occur approximately once every seven years. Some program specific external accreditation cycles vary on the required cycle for program reviews (usually every five years). Every new program is required to do a third-year program review. A Dean may require interim reports or additional program review reports.

History and Achievements

A history of program review processes is available. Examples of previous program reviews are available.

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