academic program review (APR)
Academic Program Review (APR) is primarily intended to preserve and improve the quality of academic programs through the regular audit of the quality, productivity, and effectiveness of existing degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Academic Program Review, conducted on a seven year cycle, is intended to be helpful and supportive in
· Recognizing strengths and achievements,
· Promoting goal setting and planning, and
· Identifying areas in need of attention.
Reviews should provide perspectives useful to the academic unit whose programs are under review and to their respective college dean. Reviews should also give those outside the academic unit an informed overview of the strengths, challenges, and needs of the academic unit.
The Academic Program Review has a direct relationship to other assessment processes. Program accreditation and Academic Program Review reports are combined in as much as possible to create a unified process. When completed, Academic Program Reviews of graduate programs also fulfill the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) requirements for Periodic Review of Graduate Programs (Section 5.52).
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PROCESS The process for completing an Academic Program Review is described in a step-by-step format.
CALENDAR The Academic Program Review Calendar indicates when programs are scheduled to complete their review, and the Academic Program Review Checklist indicates the sequence and due dates for programs during the review process.
WEBSITE LINKS Links to various websites with information relevant to the Academic Program Review process are available.