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Program Reviews

The purpose of the seven-year review of all undergraduate and graduate programs in a department/school is to engage faculty in a reflective process of thoughtful study and evaluation of program quality and alignment to East Carolina University's values, mission, and commitments in support of our students and the region. Program review is an integral part of the university's ongoing assessment and strategic planning processes designed to enhance the quality of all educational programs. Programs that are periodically reviewed by an external accrediting body are not part of the formal APR process described here. Rather, reports from these external accreditations satisfy program review reporting requirements and are archived by the SACSCOC liaison in Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Research (IPAR). 

The review of programs without specialized accreditation is intended to help faculty and administrators gain an understanding of the following: 

  1. Purpose and outcomes for each degree and certificate program being reviewed;
  2. Each program's effectiveness in achieving its purpose and outcomes, along with overall quality;
  3. The faculty's vision for each program and improvement actions taken as a result of institutional and assessment data;and 
  4. Future programmatic improvements to the curriculum, pedagogy, and/or operational functions of the department. 

Academic program review at ECU consists of two interrelated activities: on-site program review which occurs approximately every seven years for each program, and student learning outcomes assessment which is conducted on an ongoing basis. These two forms of reviews are interrelated in three ways: (1) analysis of what has been learned about program quality through assessment of student learning outcomes is an integral part of the seven-year review;(2) analysis of programmatic and operational outcomes beyond student learning provides the program an opportunity to examine and align its actions with priorities and strategic initiatives of the university and college;and (3) in both reviews, faculty report progress in implementing the action plan from the previous review and develop a new action plan.

To find more information, including guidelines and timelines, please use the following links:

Unit Academic Program Review

2015 Pilot of New Guidelines for Academic Program Review

2015-2016 Academic Program Review Schedule

Non-Academic Program Review

Program Review Format

Reviewer's Report Format