Program Review Policies
As part of Maryville University’s commitment to excellent in teaching and learning and continuous improvement, it is necessary that all academic programs be reviewed on a regular and ongoing basis. A systematic program review process provides insight and information that can be useful in a variety a ways including the following:
- As a vehicle to understand and enhance student learning
- To provide a basis for curriculum review and currency
- To provide supporting data for the accreditation process
- To provide justification for additional program faculty
- To provide justification for increased program resources, technology, library support etc.
- To be used in student recruitment and advising
- To determine if programs may need to be combined or discontinued.
The program review should provide information for the following groups: faculty, administrators, students and external accrediting bodies.
Programs (both undergraduate and graduate) that do not undergo external accreditation review, typically those within the College of Arts and Sciences, will undergo program review on a rotating schedule, at least every eight years. (NOTE: The University Assessment Manual provides the schedule of required accreditation visits for all programs which must be accredited by external bodies). It may be necessary that programs with enrollment concerns over a period of several years will be required to undertake a program review outside of the program’s regularly scheduled review timeline, whether accredited or not. The “trigger” for such program reviews may be generated by the dean, the faculty or the President’s Advisory Council.
It is recognized that program review will require both quantitative and qualitative data. In addition, the data must be gathered from a variety of sources. The program review process, both graduate or undergraduate, is as follows:
- The dean of the specific academic unit will designate a program review “coordinator”
- The Dean and program review coordinator will inform the Office of Planning and Research what data are needed to undertake the review process
- The completed program review (with recommendations and timeline for programmatic changes as appropriate) will be shared with the following in this order:
- Curriculum Committee of the academic unit or if desired the entire faculty of the academic unit
- Academic Affairs Office
- Graduate Policies Council if graduate or Academic Leadership Team if undergraduate
- Assessment Committee
- Recommendations from these groups will be forwarded by the Assessment Committee to the President’s Advisory Council for information or action
- Implementation of the recommendations according to the timeline as approved and monitored by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Academic Program Review Template is available within the University Assessment Manual.