Program Review Guidelines

In early 1998 the President authorized the implementation of a periodic review of each of the academic or administrative units of the College. Program assessment requires each major/program to possess stated goals, some mechanisms for assessing the extent to which the major/program reaches its goals, and some mechanism for applying the results of the assessments to possible revisions of the major/program.

A draft of Roman numerals I – III shown below is due January 15. The full Program Review is due June 1.

Academic Program Review Required Components

I. Purpose Statement (Date last revised)

Following the department’s purpose statement should be a brief narrative clarifying the links between it and the College’s purpose statement.

II. Goals and Outcomes/Objectives

Provide a list of all goals and outcomes/objectives for your program. For academic units those are student learning outcomes. Goals and/or objectives ought to allow for the collection of quantitative as well as qualitative supporting data.

III. Methods of Assessment

The degree to which the department is achieving its primary goals must be determined by multiple methods of assessment (e.g., field tests, surveys, embedded assessment instruments, focus groups, portfolios, admission rates into graduate programs, or evaluations from employers of Centenary graduates). Include the benchmark or criteria for success in the meeting of the programs desired student learning outcomes.

IV. Assessment Findings

For every one of the outcomes mentioned above present data showing how you have recently assessed that outcome. When possible, present information related to how you have reassessed an area where previous assessment activities have called for change.

V. Actions

Finally, for all outcomes shown above, you are to state how you used assessment of data to improve or modify your program so as to improve learning outcomes. Include actions taken, currently being undertaken, and being planned by the department to address any differences between goals and current outcomes. These actions may relate to course content, course offerings, major/minor requirements, instructional methods or technology.

Participation of all full time and continuing part time faculty in the review is expected.