Program Review: Background and Focus | Accreditation, Assessment and Learning | Kent State University

Program Review: Background and Focus


A comprehensive department review includes examination of the following unit characteristics:

  • Goals and objectives
  • Curriculum
  • Faculty quality and productivity
  • Administrative quality and productivity
  • Teaching/learning environment
  • Space needs
  • Resources
  • Program demand

*  As used hereafter in this document, the terms "department" and "department chair" are intended to include not only departments and department chairs but also schools and school directors.

Background Information

Department review will include the following academic programs and course offerings:

1) all of the department’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
Reaffirmation of 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.

Data Gathering
The basic information and data (e.g. number of majors, course enrollments, graduation rates, etc.) required for the self-study will be provided by Institutional Research (IR).