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


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




Planning and Preparation

Kickoff meeting to establish timelines, roles and responsibilities.



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



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


External Review

External site visit and team report


Internal Review

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


Annual Follow-Up

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



Academic Program Review at a Glance





Co-Curricular Program Review at a Glance