The early Program Review process did not
examine programs in any real depth. As a result of this weakness,
the process resulted in few major findings; there was no systematic
follow-up on recommendations; and the review process was not linked
to any other internal process. It is possible that some program
reviews were completed by an administrator without the department
staff ever being aware that a review had been conducted.
During 2001 and 2002, the purposes and procedures for conducting a
program review were examined and the entire process was revised for
implementation during 2002 and 2003. The new process required faculty
involvement in the collection, reporting, and analysis of program
data, the collection of comparative data when it was available, and
the making of recommendations for program improvement. However,
program review was not linked to other internal processes.
The program review process was included in the planning cycle
during the cycle's first year of implementation in 2004 and 2005. The
comprehensive program reviews were conducted and presented to OPIC.
However, the presentations contained too much information and were
not organized to be useful to OPIC. Modifications were made and
implemented the following year with the Program Review Committee
assuming responsibility to write and present a summary of each
review to OPIC.
The Program Review Committee presents a report to OPIC in February
which summarizes the program reviews that were conducted during the
fall. The report includes the committee's determination if the
program review was properly completed, adequate data was collected
and analyzed, and if the recommendations were soundly based on