Program Reviews

The purpose of Cal Lutheran’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 Cal Lutheran’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).

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. 


Program review is an on-going annual responsibility for each program. Full formal reports on Program Reviews occur once every seven years. Some program specific external accreditation cycles vary on the required cycle for program reviews. Newly established programs are expected to complete a mini program review report.