Guide to Academic Program Review
Appendix B - Guidelines for Program Self-Study
Section 1 – Introduction
Section 2 - The Program Description
This section should fully describe the program and its role in helping the University achieve its overall mission.
Section 3 – Program Assessment
I = introduced; D = developed and/or practiced; M = demonstrated mastery; A = Assessed
Section 4 - Program Quality
Section 4.1 Faculty
This section should include both description and self-appraisal of the following:
Section 4.2 Student Success
Section 5 - Resources
This section should include both a description and self-appraisal of the following:
Section 6 - Suggestions for Action
The Suggestions should 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.
Section 7 – External Review Report
Section 8 - Summary
A brief, substantive summary of the major findings and revised suggestions for action in response to the External Review.
Section 9 - Faculty Participation
All department faculty responsible for the program should certify that they have been involved in the review process and have reviewed the full academic program review report. A copy of this certification must accompany the program review report.
Appendix C - External Reviewer’s Responsibilities
External reviews are conducted by a team of at least two professionals for each program, one from another CSU campus and one from a non-CSU institution, or from business, industry, or the public, as appropriate.
The purpose of academic program review is to encourage excellence in the instructional program. Specific goals include:
The program review process is forward-looking and provides for follow-up. Each step of the process generates Suggestions for Action. These suggestions 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.
External reviewers, as recognized experts in the field, are used to provide critical judgment, to ensure the objectivity of the process, and to determine how the program compares to others in the region or nation. More specifically:
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