The cyclical review of academic degree programs is intended to provide collegial, comprehensive attention to the quality and resources of each program, as well as to comply with accreditation mandates. It is additional and complementary to the annual assessment reports done by each school and the routine assessment of student learning results in the program. The review focuses on the overall performance of a program, including enrollment and fiscal data.
The review process is not perfect. The data available may not be sufficiently program specific, and data that could be helpful may not be collected or may not be compiled in a way most useful to analysis. Especially in the case of interdisciplinary programs (MAIS, Secondary Education, etc.), it is difficult to represent data in an informative way, and not all of the review procedures may be applicable. The intention, therefore, must be to provide meaningful review, while recognizing the limitation and cost/benefit considerations involved in compiling and communication relevant data.
Relevant questions to ask of any program are the following:
The committee should feel free to call on the provost, Institutional Research director, dean, or program faculty, should it have questions or need further information. Also, the institution's Fact Book contains a good deal of data that may be helpful.