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Academic Program Review

University of West Georgia

Comprehensive Program Review is the key long term review of the quality, productivity, and viability of academic programs at the University of West Georgia.

Purpose: Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) serves as the catalyst for systematic and thoughtful evaluation of an academic program. It is distinctly different from annual assessments of student learning. CPR evaluates the long-term history and sets the long-term plans for an academic program.

Outcomes: It is expected that CPR is a resource neutral process. This analysis should focus on improving outcomes within existing resource constraints, rather than securing new resources. Resource requests are managed through the normal budget and planning processes.

Characteristics: This review focuses on three characteristics of an academic program: quality, viability, and productivity. These characteristics are defined by the department or college submitting the report.

Timing: Each academic program is reviewed at least once every seven years. Programs that do not measure well against the review characteristics (as determined by the Program Faculty, Department Chair, Dean, Senate, Provost, or President) are subject to review at least every 3 years.   

Academic Program: All credentialed programs are included in the review cycle including certificates, minors in areas where there is no major, and coherent, identifiable areas of focus such as the core curriculum. 

Content: Program reviews will conform to the same form and respond to the same questions. Reviews should use data from the period since the last review.

Process: All reviews should be prepared, reviewed, and receive a response within one academic year.  The schedule follows:

Docket: The review schedule is:

College/School   Review Year
College of Education: (Reports from the following 2 Departments:  Leadership and Applied Instruction; Instructional Innovations and Foundations)  2010-2011
Richards College of Business    2011-2012
College of Humanities and School of Arts   2012-2013
College of Sciences and School of Nursing   2013-2014
College of Social Sciences   2014-2015
College of Education: (Reports from the following 2 Departments and Business Education:  Early Learning and Childhood Education; Collaborative Support and Intervention; also Doctoral Programs)   2015-2016
 Interdisciplinary Programs and the Core Curriculum  2016-2017