Program Review

Self-Study Format and Standards

(Revised October 2011)

Purpose of the Self Study Document

The most critical element of program review is the self-study that is prepared by the program faculty. The self-study document is both a description and an analysis of important aspects of an academic program. Once this document has been completed, it is reviewed and approved by the responsible Academic Dean prior to its dissemination. The self-study is approximately 25-30 pages in length, exclusive of appendices, and should follow the format described below. An executive summary of the self-study also needs to be prepared by the Program Faculty. This summary document is 3-5 pages in length, exclusive of the appendices and includes brief information about your program covering the following areas:

  • Mission Statement
  • Curriculum - types of degrees, number of courses, admissions process
  • Student learning outcomes and assessment
  • Academic Advising
  • Faculty
  • Program Support
  • Relationships with the External Community
  • Student, Faculty, Contract/Adjunct Faculty and Staff statistical summaries (Data supplied by the Office of Institutional Research)
  • Information of review team members (name - current position - place of employment - contact information)

Once the self-study has been completed and approved, it is sent to the members of the Program Review Evaluation Team before conducting their on-campus review. During the on-campus review, the Evaluation Team interviews key program individuals (faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc) and based on the self-study standards provided in this document, determine program strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for change.

Following review of the program by the Program Review Evaluation Team, the faculty is to prepare a response to the review team’s findings. Once this is done, the responsible Academic Dean then prepares a response to both the review team’s findings and the faculty response. The executive summary, the review team’s findings, the faculty’s response, and the dean’s response are ultimately shared and discussed with the Provost and the Program Review Standing Committee. The timetable for these activities is shown in the attached document.

Self Study Format

  1. Cover Sheet/Title Page
  2. Program Review Elements and Standards
    1. Mission Statement
    2. Curriculum
      1. Curriculum Map
    3. Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment
      1. Evidence of Learning: General Education Courses
      2. Evidence of Learning: Courses within the Major
      3. Evidence of Learning: High Impact Service Learning
    4. Academic Advising
    5. Faculty
    6. Support (Staff, Administration, Facilities, Equipment, and Library)
    7. Relationships with the External Communities
    8. Results of Previous Program Reviews
  3. Appendices
    1. Student and Faculty Statistical Summary (provided by Institutional Research)
    2. Contract/Adjunct Faculty Profile (provided by Institutional Research)
    3. Staff Profile (provided by Institutional Research)
    4. Financial Analysis Summary (provided by Provost's Office)
    5. Relationships with External Communities