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Program Review

Overview

 

Program review is one mechanism by which Western University of Health Sciences routinely evaluates degree and co-curricular programs and associated services to ensure they reflect the standards for quality that are embedded in our mission and values.  This evidence-based process engages the faculty, administration, staff, students, and community and professional constituents with the intention facilitating a number of activities and goals:

  • To assist programs in developing or improving appropriate means for assessing student learning outcomes;
  • To better align department, college, and institutional goals and plans;
  • To assist in making curricular and other changes to improve program and student learning outcomes;
  • To identify potential cross-program collaborations;
  • To inform the university’s overall decision-making, strategic planning, and budgeting processes.
  • To integrate professional and specialized accreditation reviews with the university’s oversight of and planning for its programs;
  • To conform to WASC standards for accreditation and expectations for a satisfactory program review process.
  • To conform to federal guidelines for institutions of higher education.

 

WesternU’s program review process consists of the following six milestones:

 

Milestone

Activities

1

Planning and Preparation

Kickoff meeting to establish timelines, roles and responsibilities.

2

Research

Standard data and reports from service units. Additional research planned as needed.

3

Self-Study

Self-study report developed.  Formative feedback on draft reports.  Involvement of cross-section of stakeholders.

4

External Review

External site visit and team report

5

Internal Review

Visit results reviewed by Academic Affairs.  Development of action plan to address goals set by review.

6

Annual Follow-Up

Joint review by program administration and Academic Affairs.  Update of action plan recorded.