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Academic Program Review & Strategic Plan

Academic Program Review

The academic program review comprises one of the instruments the University of New England uses to regularly evaluate and advance its effectiveness.

Every academic program at the University undergoes a thorough review every three to seven years, depending on the program, its college, and — if applicable — its schedule with its specialized accrediting body. Programs with specialized accreditation write an evaluative, evidence-based response following their reaccreditation review. Programs without specialized accreditation write an evaluative, evidence-based self-study and get feedback from an external reviewer.

The goals of reviewing an academic program include: (a) aligning the program’s student learning outcomes and strategic plan together and with the University strategic plan; (b) evaluating the program’s process in assessing student learning and applying assessment results to improve student learning; and (c) appraising its curriculum, faculty, professional support staff, pedagogical and financial resources, and internal and external demand to meet its objectives.

Strategic Plan

All academic programs undergoing a review conclude the process by establishing a strategic plan to which the program and the University commit itself, review regularly, and revise when needed.

The program strategic plan should align with the University strategic plan and follow the same format. Like the University strategic plan, program strategic plans include: (a) mission; (b) vision; (c) core values; (d) strategic priorities; (e) prioritized goals; (f) initiatives/strategies; and (g) action items.

For further information on the program review and strategic plan guidelines, refer to the academic program review guidebooks linked in the “Program Review Documents” sidebar to the left.


The Office of the Provost manages and funds the academic review process and works in close collaboration with the college deans and program directors/department chairs of units under review.

For additional information, contact the program’s associated college dean or UAC member. To schedule a workshop on the program review process, contact Jennifer Mandel, associate director of assessment.