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Program Review


Program Review provides a systematic process for faculty to gather and analyze both program and assessment of student learning data to guide meaningful improvements to teaching and learning. The results of program review are used to inform program and institutional planning and budgeting.

Faculty conduct a Comprehensive Program Review every three years with annual monitoring reviews during the years in between. The program review process includes integrated support for faculty at all stages of the review cycles.

Support is provided by the Academic Effectiveness and Innovation division. In addition to programs that confer awards such as associate degrees, certificates and diplomas, Program Review also applies to courses within a discipline or area of study that do not conclude with an award, but instead, support or contribute to students’ achievement of them.


The goals of Program Review are to:

  • Provide an institutional process that guides systematic program review and continuous program development for student success.
  • Develop concrete action plans addressing areas of improvement.
  • Reflect on how the program meets the vision and mission of the college.
  • Discuss how a program reflects our commitment to becoming an Anti-Racist and Trauma Informed Institution.
  • Provide a systematic process to discuss program achievements, challenges, and needs.
  • Inform the institution’s annual planning process and identification of annual priorities.
  • Align program priorities with college and program–level annual planning and budgeting.
  • Provide opportunity for dialogue with colleagues about the program’s strengths, opportunities, and future planning.
  • Contribute to regional and specialty programmatic accreditation requirements.

Faculty can use Program Review Templates to begin the process of gathering information and documenting successes, challenges, and opportunities. The yearly timeline is a great place to keep track of the cycle of assessment and program review. Institutional Research provides access to interactive data dashboards​ that contain detailed data and information on student success and program success. Every program is required to complete a program review annually. Every three years programs will complete a comprehensive review.

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