Academic Program Review
The primary purpose of an academic review is to examine, assess, and strengthen programs.
The review is intended to:
- Evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and thus, determine future priorities
- Develop strategies to build upon strengths and improve deficiencies
- Assist in determining a program's ability to respond to future challenges and opportunities
- Aid in shaping the program's plan for the future
Academic programs not subject to specialized accreditation are required by the PA State System of Higher Education Board of Governor Policy 1986-04-A to conduct a full program review at least every five years.
- ESU Programs Up for Five Year Review: 2016-2017 Academic Year
- Board of Governor's Policy 1986-04-A: Program Review
- Administrative Procedure for Board of Governors' Policy 1986-04-A: Program Review
The Program Review Should:
- Tell the Story of the Program addressing the key points as put forth by the administrative procedure.
- Provide an analysis of the data provided by Institutional Research. Explain what the data means in a narrative format.
- Present the program in the framework of ESU's 2014-2017 Strategic Plan: Students First: Innovate ESU and PASSHE's Strategic Initiatives.
- Review Compliance to PASSHE Board of Governors Policy 1990-06-A: Academic Degrees. The undergraduate credit and residency requirements were summarized in a Spring 2011 University Meeting Handout.
- Address Program Outcomes using the current State System Performance Indicators as a guide on what to address.
- Present a summary of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment efforts and changes made as a result of those efforts. PASSHE BOG Policy 1997-01: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes set this requirement. A summary of the program's assessment plan and annual reports should be provided.