Office of Institutional Research & Assessment

Academic Program Review

Academic Assessment Committee

I. Purposes of Academic Program Review

Program review is integral to assessment and the academic planning process at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as essential to student learning, curricular currency, and academic excellence.  The program review process is intended to improve the quality of the academic programs offered by Butler.  It is also intended to provide an organized opportunity for faculty to reflect on educational practices and review the role of their program in the context of the programs offered by their college and the University.  

Every academic program offered by the University will be reviewed once within a seven-year cycle.  Programs that undergo external accreditation are exempt from the university program review cycle since they complete accreditation reviews. However, if these external accreditation cycles are longer than seven years, an interim report is required. Attachment II provides the schedule for this review of academic programs at Butler.   

Effective review processes must be organized to fulfill the primary purpose and goals of the program.  The purpose and goals of program should, in turn, be shaped by the primary challenges confronting the institution. The program review process at Butler should support the strategic themes articulated by the President's vision as stated in the current strategic plan (see Appendix B). Ultimately, program review offers an opportunity to reflect on institutional priorities and to support the strategic direction of the University.

The preparation of the program review document serves a number of very important purposes for the program/department, the college, and the University.  As such, the primary goals for program review at Butler are to:

  1. Enhance the quality of academic programs at Butler by clarifying program goals, assessing goal achievement, reviewing program resources, identifying concerns, and introducing needed changes;
  2. Stimulate the review of policies, practices, procedures and records, and, thereby, help improve program operations;
  3. Provide an effective orientation to the program and its activities for new faculty, administrators, and external entities;
  4. Identify areas for resource needs and growth as well as justify requests for program enhancements;
  5. Help the University develop a better sense of college programs and make more informed decisions on curricular proposals, budget requests, and long-term planning; and
  6. Align academic program needs and campus priorities in ways that consistent with the University's mission (See Appendix A) and strategic directions, particularly the priorities identified in the current strategic plan.

For further information please open the following pdfs:

Academic Program Review Guidelines