Program Review

Program Review

Self Study-Programs complete the self-study worksheet. Peer Review-Three peer reviews, one chosen from faculty inside the college and two from outside the college (may be from another CSU college or external), score the worksheet using the rubric and make recommendations to the Ad Hoc Program Review Committee Committee Review-The Ad Hoc Program Committee reviews the peer reviewers’ report and makes recommendations to the Provost. Provost’s Review-The Provost advises the program of its  rating and required interim reporting, if applicable. Return to BOT-The Provost reports the results to the Board of Trustees and the Ad Hoc Program Review Committee Chair reports the results to the Senate.

Program Review is an important process at Central State University (CSU) that  provides an opportunity for us to reflect upon and demonstrate our effectiveness to ourselves, our students, our accrediting agencies, and the various communities we serve. It is a faculty-governed process that produces information useful for decision-making at every level-program, department, college, and the university as a whole. Consequently, systematic program review is a process in which all academic programs (majors) participate, either through an internal review process or through external accreditation reviews.

Program review enables CSU to examine the effectiveness of all its academic programs and to strengthen and maintain the university's curriculum by generating and pursuing informed recommendations related to student learning, program design, faculty effectiveness, and resource allocation aimed at achieving the University’s mission and addressing its six compelling priorities.

Three basic assumptions underpin program review at CSU:

  1. Program review is a faculty-governed formative assessment and summative evaluation process that incorporates qualitative and quantitative evidence (data) to support assertions made in the written report.  As a formative assessment, program review provides feedback to encourage improvement.  As a summative evaluation, it is a measure of how well the program meets the expectations outlined in the rubric.

  2. Quality is not easily defined or evaluated. Nevertheless, quality is indicated through such things as demonstrated student achievement, faculty accomplishments, curricular design, resource management, and ongoing planning, assessment, evaluation, and program improvement.

  3. Program review is a self-examination process designed to assist academic departments in improving their academic programs and better serving their students. Consequently, unsupported assertions or comments are discouraged, and candid analysis of the data, with a focus on program improvement, must characterize all program reviews. Programs that focus solely on their positive aspects or claim excellence in all areas will have difficulty meeting this important assumption.

Program Review Rating System

Program Review Worksheet

Program Review Reports:
Political Science
Environmental Engineering

Program Review Rubric

Program Review Schedule