Comprehensive Program Review
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 - which are defined below.
- Quality: measures of excellence. Quality indicators may include, but are not limited to, attainment of student learning outcomes, a comparison of program elements relative to internal and external benchmarks, resources, accreditation criteria, relevant external indicators of program success (e.g., license and certification results, placement in graduate schools, job placement, and awards and honors received by the program), and other standards.
- Viability: the use of such considerations as available resources, student interest, career opportunities, and contributions to the goals and mission of the institution, University System, and state to determine whether a program should be continued as is or modified (expanded, curtailed, consolidated, or eliminated). Viability considerations are independent of quality measures; i.e., a high quality program could lack viability, or a program in need of considerable improvement could have high viability.
- Productivity: the number and contributions of graduates of an academic program and/or the number of students served through service courses in the context of the resources committed to its operation. (Additional measures of productivity might include counts of students who meet their educational goals through the program's offerings, including minors, certificates, or job enhancement, if such goals are part of the program's mission.)
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:
- Departments will submit the review to the Dean’s office no later than December 1st of the review year
- Dean’s will submit their review to the Provost’s office no Later than February 1st of the review year
- The Provost’s office will coordinate the review by committees of the faculty senate (GPC and UPC), which will be complete by April 1st of the review year.
- The Response from the Provost's office will be complete and the review posted to the institution’s web site no later than June 30th of the review year.
Docket: The review schedule is:
- 2013-2014 - College of Science and Mathematics; Tanner Health System School of Nursing
- 2014-2015 - College of Social Sciences
- 2015-2016 - College of Education: (2 Departments and Business Education: Early Learning and Childhood Education; Collaborative Support and Intervention; also Doctoral Programs)
- 2016-2017 - Interdisciplinary Programs; the Core Curriculum
- 2017-2018 - College of Education: (2 Departments: Leadership and Applied Instruction; Instructional Innovations and Foundations)
- 2018-2019 - Richards College of Business
- 2019-2020 - College of Arts and Humanities (including School of the Arts)