Comprehensive Program Review Process

SUNY mandates program review on a five to seven year cycle for all credit-bearing academic programs which are not programmatically accredited. 

A self-study document is prepared by the department outlining its mission, goals, and assessment of student learning. A self-study template is linked below. This document is the unit’s principal opportunity to provide background information regarding the program under review to the external evaluators and administration.

The peer review process consists of a two-day site visit by an external review team, comprised of two to three distinguished faculty from other leading, research-intensive universities. These external evaluators prepare a factually-based evaluative report that is shared with the department chair, academic dean and vice provosts. These parties meet to discuss the evaluators' report and jointly develop a set of action items.

Eighteen months following the action items meeting, the department chair will provide a written update of progress made on each action item and submit it to OEE, which will distribute the update to the VPEA, VPUE (where applicable) and academic dean (and/or designee).

Please review the "Program Review Process Overview" document below for more detailed information.

Documentation and Forms

These documents cover both graduate and undergraduate levels. Please omit sections that do not apply to your department/program.

Additional Resources

Questions? Please check our Comprehensive Program Review FAQs page.