Program Review - Context, Policy and Guidelines
Program review provides a time for program faculty to analyze the quality of their programs as a whole, to affirm ways that the program is working well, and to implement improvements. Programs must be reviewed at least once every ten years under UAPC policy, Board of Regent policy, and federal financial aid regulations. Program review also meets a requirement of institutional accreditation.
The University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) is the governance body with responsibility for program review policy. The Graduate School coordinates reviews that included graduate programs, and the Graduate Faculty Executive Committee (GFEC) has an oversight governance role. Program review oversight is coordinated by the Director of APIR on behalf of the provost.
The deans hold primary responsibly for initiating program review and for seeing that program review is carried out. The program faculty have responsibility for the self-study and for assuring the quality of the student experience.
The Graduate School, APIR and other units provide resources to aid in program review. In November 2016, program review training was held for programs beginning the process of review. Documentation from that training workshop can be found here: https://kb.wisc.edu/vesta/program-review-workshop.
The following link to APIR's Website (see: Program Review Information and Resources) provides guidance regarding the following:
- Program Review Policy and Guidelines
- Types of Program Review
- Low-Enrollment Programs
- Program Review Reports
- Contacts for Program Review questions