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 Academic Program Review 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Purpose of the Program Review
The PASSHE Board of Governors Program Review Policy statement lists three purposes for the need for system universities to undertake a program review process:

  • To assure deliberate and continuous attention to enhancement of the quality and to assure mission centrality of academic- and student-support programs with State System Universities.  
  • To analyze and employ quantitative and qualitative data, including student-learning outcomes, on individual programs that will contribute to both university and State System planning.
  • To provide the chancellor and Board of Governors, as well as the council of trustees of each university, with assurance that University programs are being assessed in a systematic fashion and that plans for making continuous improvements are developed and implemented.

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania program review Policies and Procedures are integral to the planning processes of the university, an essential element in determining the centrality of programs to the mission and goals of the university, and represent one way the university continually improves its programs.

The review process is designed to generate specific, detailed information about programs.  The primary outcome should be a clear view of the program's viability. This occurs from a thorough analysis of the program by the staff and faculty in the program.  The self-study is validated by professional colleagues who assess the current strengths and opportunities to enhance the quality of the program.

A product of the review process is a plan of action with designed strategies to address the needs of the program within the next five years.  This plan becomes a major part of the university strategic planning process.  The program review results are part of the performance funding for the department or unit.

Documents

Timeline
It generally takes six to eighteen months to complete the program review process.

Audience
The self-study is intended to be reviewed by the unit Faculty/Staff, External/Internal Evaluators, Accreditation Coordinator, Dean, Provost, President and the State System Board of Governors.  In addition to the primary audience the self-study and the summary form are important items of evidence for both the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as programmatic accreditation bodies.

Budget
A limit of $1,500 per program review has been established to cover the costs associated with a self-study.  Costs for program reviews include:  printing, postage, external reviewer fees/travel, and miscellaneous expenses.  Expenses in excess of $1,500 be covered by the department's/unit's operating budget.

Inquiries
For more information regarding the Policies and Procedures for program review please contact Samantha Kelly in the accreditation office at 724.738.2149.

 

Accreditation Information

Institutional Accreditation, MSCHE

Accreditation by Program

Departments/Units with external accreditation bodies must submit both of the summary and checklist forms to the Accreditation Coordinator no later July 30.