Academic Program Review

The overall purpose of Academic Program Review (APR) is two-fold. First, this activity is useful in providing information concerning each unit’s strengths and weaknesses, faculty resources, student market, and equipment and space needs. Academic program reviews are also used to stimulate program planning and improvement, and to encourage the unit’s development in strategic directions that reflect the University’s priorities.

Secondly, academic program reviews also serve the purpose of satisfying the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requirements for the accreditation of programs.    

Academic program reviews are admittedly time-consuming for units, for faculty, and for administrators. However, if done properly, they provide a number of positive benefits, including:

  • Opportunity for self-assessment: ensure that each program systematically takes time to step back from everyday challenges to evaluate its strengths, weaknesses, and progress, and this process lays the foundation for the development of plans and priorities for the unit.
  • Vehicle to inform University-wide and unit planning: recommendations derived from academic program reviews are systematically integrated into the plans and budget requests for the various schools and administrative areas.
  • Communication: academic program reviews foster communication within units, between chairs/directors and college deans, and with the central administration. The process also provides an opportunity for each member of a unit to be heard.
  • Increased external visibility: the academic program review process itself attracts attention by bringing frequent visitors to campus, and has facilitated many collaborative relationships with other institutions. 


These webpages serve as a collection of resources that units, reviewers, and the public can utilize for information regarding the academic program review process. It brings together campus sources and contacts, provides critical documents needed to meet the requirements of the review, general guidance, and answers to frequently asked questions. These pages will be continuously updated and enhanced with new information or additional requests. To submit information requests or if there are additional questions concerning academic program reviews please send them to AAL Program Review