Comprehensive Program Review Process

The self-study document is prepared by the department and is the first step in the process. It is the unit’s principal opportunity to provide background information regarding the program under review to the external evaluators and administration.

Once the self-study is complete, the program is then peer-reviewed by an external review team which is comprised of two to three distinguished faculty from other leading, research-intensive universities, who are brought to campus for a two-day visit.

The external evaluators then prepare a factually-based evaluative report on the unit that will be shared with the department chair, academic dean and vice provosts, and used as a means for determining the strengths of the department and any allocation of resources in support of its degree programs.

Following the receipt of the external evaluators' report, the department chair meets with the academic dean and the vice provost(s), to discuss the evaluators' report and a set of action items will be developed.

Eighteen months of the action items meeting, OEE will reach out to departments and ask for comment on each of the agreed upon action items. Using the Action Comments Form, the department chair will provide a written update of progress made on each 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 Comprehensive Review Process manual for more detailed information.

Download the Detailed Comprehensive Review Process Manual:

Documentation and Forms

Comprehensive Program Reviews (Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees)

Documents for the assessment of a department/program, including both grauduate and undergraduate degrees:

Undergraduate Program Review

Documents for the assessment of undergraduate defrees in a department/program:

Graduate Program Review

Documents for the assessment of graduate-only degrees in a department/program:

Additional Resources

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