Academic Program Review

Academic Program Review (APR) serves as an essential, cyclical component of ongoing collaboration to assure that Butler is providing the highest quality educational programs and scholarship. Every academic program offered by the University is typically be reviewed once every seven years.

Programs that undergo external accreditation are exempt from the University’s program review cycle because they complete accreditation reviews. However, if these external accreditation cycles are longer than seven years, an interim report is required.

The primary goals for program review at Butler University are to:

  • Enhance the quality of academic programs by clarifying program goals, assessing goal achievement, reviewing program resources, identifying concerns, and introducing needed changes
  • Stimulate the review of policies, practices, procedures, and records, thereby helping improve program operations
  • Provide an effective orientation to the program and its activities for new faculty, administrators, and external entities
  • Identify areas for resource needs and growth, as well as justify requests for program enhancements
  • Help the University develop a better sense of college programs, and make informed decisions on curricular proposals, budget requests, and long-term planning
  • Align academic program needs and campus priorities in ways that are consistent with college and University missions and strategic directions, and with program and institutional Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).

View the Academic Program Review Guide.

View the academic program review timeline.