Department review* is integral to effective academic planning at the department, college, campus and university level. Its major objective is to improve academic programs through ongoing self-assessment as provided for in the AQIP process. It fosters a strong and positive sense of each departmentâ€™s identity and contributions to the educational mission of Kent State University. The primary goals of department review include:
*As used hereafter in this document, the terms â€œdepartmentâ€ and â€œdepartment chairâ€ are intended to include not only departments and department chairs but also schools and school directors.
A comprehensive department review includes examination of the following unit characteristics:
Department review will include the following academic programs and course offerings:1) all of the departmentâ€™s degree programs; 2) interdisciplinary programs; 3) service courses; and 4) non-degree granting instructional programs.
Review of interdisciplinary programs not located within an individual academic department will coincide, if appropriate and practical, with the review of one or more related departments.
Department review will be conducted on a seven-year cycle.
Department review will be conducted and completed within one year.
Relationship of Department Review to Program Accreditation
Re-accreditation requirements vary widely by discipline. Programs that are externally accredited will submit their accreditation reports as part of their department review. Prior to the scheduled department review, the accreditation self-study requirements will be compared with the program review requirements to determine if additional topics need to be addressed.
Relationship of Department Review to Annual Student Outcomes Assessment
The Annual Student Outcomes Assessment process will inform the departmental review process.
The basic information and data (e.g. number of majors, course enrollments, graduation rates, etc.) required for the self-study will be provided by Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (RPIE).