Academic Program Review

The Academic Program Review is one of the instruments by which the University of New England regularly evaluates its effectiveness and plans for its improvement. Every academic program offered by the University is reviewed once within a seven-year cycle.

The term “academic program” is to be understood more broadly than “degree program,” as it includes distinct programs of instruction that may be subordinate to the degree (e.g., the core curriculum). It also includes programs that are distinguished by an alternative mode of delivery or audience (e.g., distance learning). In short, a program of instruction is a set of courses or instructional activities, which have, or ought to have, some defining purpose that can be articulated in a coherent set of goals or learning objectives.

The purpose of reviewing an academic program is to determine:
(a) whether the program has goals and objectives that are appropriate, feasible and consistent with the mission and purposes of the University, (b) whether it has the curriculum, faculty, students and instructional resources adequate to meet its objectives, and (c) whether it is effective in assessing student learning and applying the results of that assessment to the improvement of the program.

The Academic Program Review at UNE is data driven, and is intended to be formative rather than summative and concludes with an action plan to which the University commits itself.

The Office of the Provost funds and manages the review process, supported by the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, working in close collaboration with the College Deans, Program Directors and Department Chairs of units under review.  

For additional information, contact the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.