Supplementary Graduate Program Review Guidelines

The Supplementary Gradate Program Review Guidelines pertain to graduate programs with specialized accreditation. Although these specialized accreditation reviews may meet the institutional requirement for academic program review, the Graduate School does request a supplementary review to accompany the review done by the accrediting body.

The Graduate School recognizes that while an accrediting review can provide high-quality feedback regarding a program’s compliance with accreditation standards, those standards may not address all the topics of interest to the Graduate School. An internal, supplementary review submitted to the Graduate School aims to address those additional aspects of a program such as funding for students, diversity initiatives, and time to degree.

The Supplementary Graduate Program Review process through the Graduate School is as follows:

1.  Once the program under review has received the accrediting review report, the program faculty should compile and submit the following items to the Graduate School:

a. The self-study report as submitted to the accrediting body

b. The report received from the accrediting body at the conclusion of the review

c. A departmental response to that report, along with the response from the dean's office including feedback from the school/ college Academic Planning Committee/Council

2. The Graduate School will appoint a Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) member to review all documents along with data available through institutional resources such as the Graduate School Explorer, Master's Exit Survey, Doctoral Student Experience Survey, and Doctoral Exit Survey.

3.  The GFEC member will present the major findings and recommendations derived from all documents and data sources at a GFEC meeting for committee approval.

4.  The Graduate School will respond to the program with a formal letter summarizing the GFEC discussion along with any actions requested by GFEC.  The program will be given a deadline by which to respond.

For further questions regarding Supplementary Graduate Program Review Guidelines, please contact Assistant Dean Jenna Alsteen, jenna.alsteen@wisc.edu.