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Program Review

A Process of Continuous Improvement

Program Review Schedule

Western New England University's Program Review process is on a 6-year cycle. All of our programs that are not accredited by an outside accrediting agency are subject to our own academic review process, which includes an in-depth program self-study by the department and an external review. The results of our Program Review process are used for continuous improvement to our academic programs and to inform academic planning.
2019-2024 Program Review Schedule

Program Review Guidelines

Different guidelines or templates are available for use depending on the type of program being reviewed. The components of academic program self-studies include: program goals and objectives, description of the curriculum and any curricular changes, summary of program assessments, discussion of program viability, summary of faculty credentials and workloads, measures of student success, and an overall summary of the strengths of the program, as well as areas that need improvement.
Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Non-Academic Departments

One part of the Program Review process for undergraduate programs is an assessment of the measure of student success for graduating students in the foundational areas of our General University Requirements: Computer Competence, Critical Thinking, Information Literacy, Mathematical Analysis, Oral Communication, and Written Communication. This is considered the General Education Component of Program Review. 
General Education Component of Program Review

Once a program's self-study is completed, an external reviewer is invited by the Dean of the College to visit our program, interview students, faculty, and other relevant stakeholders, and write a report that outlines the strengths and weaknesses of a program and provides specific recommendations for improvement.
WNE Program Review Guidelines for External Reviewers

Annual Departmental Assessment Reports

An important part of the Program Review process is the ongoing assessment work that is done by each department on an annual basis. Annual Departmental Assessment Reports are completed by the department chair, but are the responsibility of the entire department. These reports are a way to summarize the assessment plans and activities of each department on a regular basis. They include an academic health check (with metrics from our APS Analytics dashboard), a reflective narrative, a summary of additional assessment endeavors, and the NECHE E-1 form for the department.

Contact Information

Josephine Rodriguez, Associate Provost

Lisa Hansen, Director of Assessment

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