APR Process Overview
All academic units that do not undergo a disciplinary or professional accreditation by an external accrediting body are subject to Academic Program Review. APR occurs on a seven year cycle. The process takes place over five phases.
Phase One: Pre-Review/Start-up
The review process begins with notification and an orientation for the academic unit from the APR office. The unit will be asked to work with the Dean to nominate qualified internal and external evaluators and determine potential site visit dates.
Phase Two: Self-Study Process
Following the guidelines, the academic unit prepares a self-study report, used to guide the review. The self-study asks the unit to consider many aspects of its current state and future plans. The self-study typically takes 9 to 12 months to complete.
Phase Three: Site Visit
External and internal evaluators meet with administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and other constituents of the program. Reviewers can observe program facilities and the general campus. The site visit, including travel time, takes place over the course of three days.
Phase Four: Post-Review/Reporting
The internal and external evaluation teams each submit a report after the site visit. The Chair or Director and the Dean then use those reports to develop the Dean's Strategy Report (DSR). The DSR is the basis for the post-review meeting with the Provost. From that meeting, an Action Plan is formed and signed by the Provost, the Dean and the Chair or Director.
Phase Five: Update
Approximately 18-24 months after the Action Plan is approved and signed, the Provost will request an update from the Chair or Director. Any further action will be decided at this time.