Policy 2224 – Academic Program Review
Revision Date: 2/27/2020
Last Review: 2/27/2020
Responsible Office: Provost; Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning
References: SACSCOC The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement
Program self-assessment is conducted regularly for many programs as part of the accreditation process and guided by specific guidelines from a disciplinary accreditation agency. For academic programs at Louisiana Tech University for which no accreditation agency provides guidelines, the following program evaluation documentation and review is required. A self-assessment study will be prepared by the unit head and the program faculty. The self-assessment study will be required for these programs every five years.
This study will be reviewed by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning (OIERP). The OIERP will provide recommendations to the program and to the Provost regarding the assessment process, program goals, learning outcomes, and curriculum.
The review of program(s) should consist of a narrative report which
- describes all of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered,
- analyzes their strengths and weaknesses, and
- proposes actions to improve the programs.
This narrative should be a brief self-examination of the degree programs offered, but not of the department as a whole. Detailed information should be placed in appendices. The body of the report should be 20 to 40 pages using the Program Review Self-Study Report Template plus appendices. The Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning will notify the programs of timetable for review. The department will submit 1 electronic copy of the completed report to the Academic Dean who will forward the electronic copy to the OIERP. The OIERP will use the Program Reviewer’s Response Form to review the self-assessment report.