Program Review Process

UNC Charlotte’s Program Review Process is intended to:

  • assess the quality and effectiveness of academic programs and units;

  • stimulate program planning and improvement;

  • ensure that current and proposed programs are consistent with University-wide strategic priorities;

  • promote fairness and efficiency in the allocation of academic resources in response to the needs of UNC Charlotte;

  • support the planning and budgeting processes of the University;

  • respond systematically and efficiently to requirements for self-assessment from SACSCOC and other accrediting agencies.

At minimum, the academic program review process should include:  1) an examination of the function of the program, department, or unit; 2) a self-assessment; 3) an evaluation from key stakeholders, most often obtained through surveys of key constituents; and 4) a final report including an overview of the review process and major findings and recommendations. The cycle of review concludes with a report on actions taken as a result of the review.

Academic program reviews should be conducted every 5-7 years and no less than every 10 years. Other considerations include longevity of director (e.g., not during first year or two), significant organizational change (i.e., not immediately following such), and compliance or other certification schedules. Every unit reporting to the Provost should define a plan for the Academic program review for their area(s), specifying timeline(s), process(es), level of review(s), and participants (internal/external). The Office of Assessment and Accreditation will offer consultation and support on the development of the program review.

Resources:

Academic Program Review Guidelines

Academic Program Review Template

Academic Support Review Guidelines

Academic Support Review Template