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7.0 UNIVERSITY PROGRAM REVIEW COMMITTEE

7.1 The Committee for degree-granting programs shall be comprised of three (3) members: Two (2) members shall be selected by the Program Assessment and Review Council from its current members who are not from the College of the degree-granting program being reviewed, with one serving as Chair of the Committee, and one (1) member shall be selected by the appropriate College Faculty Council. Faculty from the degree-granting program being reviewed are not eligible to serve on the Committee.

7.2 The Committee for academic support units shall be comprised of three (3) members: Two (2) members shall be selected by the Program Assessment and Review Council from its current members, with one serving as Chair of the Committee, and one (1) member shall be selected by the Program Assessment and Review Council from the Faculty or professional staff at large. Faculty or professional staff from the academic support unit being reviewed are not eligible to serve on the Committee.

Appointments to the University Program Review Committee are initiated by the Chair of the Program Assessment and Review Council of the Academic Senate. For degree-granting programs, the council chair designates two members of the council to serve on the review committee, with one designated as committee chair. The Chair of the PARC also contacts the specific college Faculty Council to obtain one additional member. Members of the program under review are not eligible to serve on the University Program Review Committee.

For academic support units, the Chair of the PARC designates two members of the council to serve on the review committee, with one designated as committee chair, and the PARC designates a third member of the review committee from the faculty or professional staff at large. Faculty or professional staff from the program or unit being reviewed are not eligible to serve.

The University Program Review process consists of the appointment of a University Program Review Committee and one or more external reviewers for each program or unit being reviewed; the careful reading and analysis by all members of the review committee (including external reviewers) of relevant documents provided by the program or unit being reviewed; a visit to the program or unit coordinated between university reviewers and external reviewers; and the completion of an evaluative report. Visits for the University Program Review Committee should include meetings with the College Dean or appropriate administrator, the program chair or unit director, faculty, staff, and students; meetings with other groups, as appropriate (e.g., employers, advisory boards); and visits to campus facilities (e.g., library, laboratories, classrooms) as appropriate.

The University Program Review Committee should conduct as many of these meetings as possible in conjunction with the external reviewer(s). The external reviewer(s) may have additional meetings apart from the University Program Review Committee, e.g., with the Provost and/or the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost. A sample visit schedule for external reviewers can be found in the Appendix. Time may be set aside for the University Program Review Committee to meet and confer with the external reviewers, both at the beginning and at the end of the campus visit.


 

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