Program Review

Program review and assessment is a requirement of the Idaho State Board of Education and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities accreditation standards.

Colleges/divisions will use the timeline/schedule identifying when programs are to be reviewed. Program reviews will be due by March 1 each year. For undergraduate and graduate programs in the same discipline, the program reviews should be conducted simultaneously.

All academic and professional-technical certificate and degree programs must have meaningful, assessable outcome measures. All courses must have measurable learning outcomes.

All academic and professional-technical certificate and degree programs, without specialized accreditation, must be evaluated at least once every five years.

All academic and professional-technical certificate and degree programs, with specialized accreditation, must be reviewed on a timeline required by the accrediting body. If the specialized accreditation is not outcomes based, outcome measures must be developed for the program, and provided to the Office of Academic Affairs as part of the institutional program review requirements.

Longitudinal program data are available in the Program Viability web application managed by the Office of Institutional Research, as one component of program review.

The colleges/division have the responsibility to determine how to conduct their program reviews; however, the program review must include a minimum of the following:

  • Description of the process used to evaluate the program
  • List of current outcome measures and how these were assessed
  • Findings from the current assessment of the outcome measures
  • Discussion of how program faculty will use the findings to improve the program, as well as recommendations from the dean regarding continuation/modification/expansion/ closure of the program
  • Discussion of the findings from the last program evaluation and what actions were taken to address the findings, as well as the impact of changes made

Process

Academic Program Review (APR) is an integral part of Idaho State University’s ongoing efforts to ensure that our educational mission is being met through the delivery of programs that are effective in meeting their goals through curricula that are current and relevant.  

APR provides faculty and academic units the opportunity to reflect upon the content of their programs and delivery of curriculum, assessing its effectiveness and planning for actions to maintain or improve the quality of teaching and scholarship at the institution, and alignment with core themes.

Please see ISU's Academic Program Review Plan for more information about the review process including purpose & rationale, criteria for program selection & schedule, review teams, full vs. modified reviews, process & procedures, unit self-study, external reviewers, and reporting: conclusions and recommendations.

Program Review Schedule

Academic Review Schedule-  Excel spreadsheet that includes five-year External Review Cycle (first tab) and Specialized Accreditation Cycle (second tab).

Resources

Learn how NWCCU relates Standards Two, Standard Three, and Standard Four to program review and assessment: NWCCU 2010 Standards.

Program-based and course-based assessment handbooks are available:

(PDF) Program-Based Review and Assessment

(PDF) Course-Based Review and Assessment

For more information about the university's accreditation process, contact Ms. Selena M. Grace  gracsele@isu.edu.

 

IR's internal site has Program Viability web application reports available

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