Program/Unit Review Guidelines – Name of Department/Unit
In early 1998 President Schwab authorized the implementation of a periodic review of each of the academic or administrative units of the College and so notified department chairs and administrators. Your unit is scheduled to conduct a review during the coming year with submission of a report to the Provost by June 1, 2007. Please submit the report in both hard copy and an electronic version. While I have outlined the general content of the report below, please schedule an appointment with David Hoaas, Associate Provost, to discuss in greater detail procedural matters and expected outcomes. In addition, I would ask that by January 12, 2007 (or spring of year stated) you submit to the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, care of the Provost’s Office, an overview of the material you will be including in Roman numerials I – III shown below. Let me thank you in advance for your commitment to ensuring the quality of the College's academic programs.
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 Objectives
The primary goals of the department should be expressed in terms of student learning outcomes (for administrative units, goals should be expressed in terms of student and college services). When possible these goals should be broken down into the two to three objectives that must be achieved to reach each of the broader goals of the department. 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).
IV. Assessment Findings
A summary of the extent to which the educational goals of the department are being achieved and the assessment data that support the summary.
V. Action Plan
Includes 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.
Last updated March 10, 2008.