Academic Program Review

Program Review Process


The diagram below illustrates the program review process. The entire process typically encompasses one academic year. In certain instances, the program review process is a departmental review as most departments offer multiple programs.















Program Review Self-Study Report

All departments are asked to follow Self-Study Report format shown below. The total length of the self-study report, excluding appendices, should not exceed 25 pages and may be less.

Self-Study Template

College, Program, Dean, Authors, Date


Mission/Purpose Statement / Program Goals / Program Student Learning Outcomes

Program Offerings  –  List the exact titles of degrees granted by the unit. List any separate curricular programs and/or specialties within the unit. If any of the unit’s programs are accredited, provide the name of the accrediting agency, the date granted, and the frequency of the accreditation review.

Faculty Profile  –  List all full time faculty; include credentials, development activities and major achievement. Discuss the appropriateness of your current staffing needs for meeting the stated program goals.

Student Profile  –  Provide enrollment data for your program over the last five years. Include the percentage of the University’s students enrolled in the program? Provide graduation data for your program (3 years).

Current State  –  Discuss issues identified and actions taken in response to the last program review; indicate recent developments, strengths, opportunities and challenges.


Assessment – Summarize assessment strategies for measuring outcomes in the program. Provide examples of how assessment results have been used to improve student learning. (This should be a brief summary of the SLA reports submitted over the academic years.)

Adequacy of Facilities and Equipment – Provide evidence that allocation for equipment, materials and supplies meet/do not meet student needs and program objectives.

Unit Organization and Management – Describe the ability and qualification of the Program leadership to plan and operate a coherent program of study.


How does the program support and contribute to the mission and strategic goals of the University? How does the program support Institutional Learning Outcomes?

Program Viability  –  Discuss the future forecasts and assumptions for insuring the vitality of this program. Describe how you expect the field to change and how you will respond to these changes to enhance or achieve programmatic success and viability.

Appendix – Additional documents deemed appropriate (e.g. course descriptions, SLA reports, institutional data).