Academic Program Review 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. Units undergoing review during 2021-2022 should submit evaluator and date nominations to the appropriate Dean's Office representative by February 11, 2022.

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 several 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. The virtual site visit will take place over two days. Site Visit Guidelines  Virtual Site Visit Guidelines

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 an Action Plan. The Action Plan is the basis for the post-review meeting with various administrators.

Phase Five: Update

Approximately 18-24 months after the Action Plan is completed, the Provost will request an update from the Chair or Director. Any further action will be decided at this time.