Program Review

Systematic program review provides an opportunity for academic units at KU to reflect on quality achieved and enhancements needed within the context of national trends in their respective fields. KU’s program review is organized around self-study processes completed by each degree-granting unit, and addresses the following questions. See Self-Study Questions (128 KB PDF) for additional detail.

  • What do we do and why do we do it?
  • Who does it?
  • How well do we do it, and who thinks so?
  • What is the overall quality of each degree program?
  • What plans are there to advance the degree program(s)?
  • How will future progress and success be evaluated?

Each degree-granting academic program at the University of Kansas must be reviewed regularly. For the 2007-2012 review cycle, the reporting schedule has been set to correspond with accreditation cycles as much as possible. Half of the professional schools will undergo program review in 2010, and the remaining half in 2011. Program reviews are to be completed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences by 2012. A complete Schedule of Degree Programs by School (69 KB PDF) is available. Quality rankings for each program from previous review cycles were made available to each dean in early January.

Each school and the College will establish their own internal deadlines. Each department (or equivalent for schools that do not have departments) should provide the following items to its respective dean’s office no later than June.

  • 10-page narrative describing the high-level results of the unit’s self-study, including a qualitative ranking for each degree program
  • 2-page summary
  • 1 paragraph of program highlights

Units with graduate programs should also submit copies of these same materials to the Dean of Graduate Studies by June. Dimensions for Review of Graduate Programs by the Dean of Graduate Studies (70 KB PDF) have been outlined. Major Milestones (76 KB PDF) of the review process are available.

Specific data elements will help illuminate responses to the self-study questions. A Summary of University Data Sources is available. One key dimension of research productivity data collected by Research and Graduate Studies is available in Sponsored Project Expenditures (298 KB PDF) .

The Office of the Provost prepares a summary Academic Program Review report to be submitted to the Kansas Board of Regents. This report is based on program review materials submitted to the Provost’s Office by the relevant academic units and includes assignment of a final rating for each degree program based upon criteria established by the Board of Regents (68 KB PDF) .



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