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 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 IPAR.
All academic and support assessment units conduct ongoing assessment and analysis of outcomes according tot he ECU Institutional Effectiveness Assessment Process which outlines the annual assessment reporting and review cycles, defines the required components of the assessment report, and describes the purpose and scope of the Institutional Assessment Advisory Council (IAAC).
Annual assessment reports are due in TracDat no later than May 15 (for 9 month faculty) or June 15 (for 12 month faculty) for educational programs, and August 1 for all support units. Internal unit deadlines may be earlier. A complete assessment report for each active means of assessment includes:
On March 28, 2013 the Academic Council approved the Assessment Review Committee (ARC) structure in order to facilitate the institutional effectiveness assessment process at East Carolina University. Each major academic or administrative area/division determines the membership and length of service for its ARC. The duties of the ARC include:
Assessment Review Committees
Academic Units/Divisions ARCs
Brody School of Medicine
College of Education
College of Allied Health Sciences
College of Nursing
College of Fine Arts & Communication
Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
School of Dental Medicine
College of Health & Human Performance
College of Engineering & Technology
College of Business
Administrative Support Units/Divisions ARCs
Administration & Finance
Division of Health Sciences
Division of Research,
Division of Student Affairs
Division of University Advancement
All UNC system designated centers and institutes must undergo a comprehensive review every 5 years. This comprehensive review provides independent assessment of the overall effectiveness and impact of centers and institutes relative to ECU's mission and strategic goals, resources allocation, productivity relative to the resources available, specific strengths and weaknesses relative to similar entities at other institutions, and opportunities for improving performance and growing the enterprise.
IPAR offers its survey expertise to conduct or assist with surveys designed to help evaluate and enhance ECU academic programs and services. This includes large-scale surveys which target current faculty, staff and students, as well as ECU alumni. As a third-party, IPAR is in a special position to administer, collect and tabulate survey information to further ensure the confidentiality of the data provided by survey respondents, and this can encourage higher response rates.