Program Review

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. Reference 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 data.