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Academic Program Review at Ferris: An Orientation. Presenter: Matt Wagenheim, Ph.D. APRC Chair. What is Academic Program Review?. APR is a periodic and internal review process of all degree programs and non-degree entities. Why does the University have APR?.

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academic program review at ferris an orientation

Academic Program Review at Ferris:An Orientation

Presenter:

Matt Wagenheim, Ph.D.

APRC Chair

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what is academic program review
What is Academic Program Review?

APR is a periodic and internal review process of all degree programs and non-degree entities.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

why does the university have apr
Why does the University have APR?
  • APR is required by the Higher Learning Commission for reaccreditation.
  • APR provides an orderly method for the University to regularly review its academic offerings for currency, alignment with the University’s mission statement, and other criteria.
  • APR is necessary for any institution with a dynamic curriculum.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what offerings go through apr
What offerings go through APR?
  • Degree programs
  • Academic minors and certificates
  • Non-degree entities such as General Education, the Business Core, and FSUS

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

how does apr work
How does APR work?
  • Programs are reviewed on a six-year cycle.
  • Program Review Panels (PRPs) conduct a self-study.
  • The self-study is reviewed by the Academic Program Review Council (APRC).
  • APRC makes recommendations regarding the program to the Academic Senate.
  • The Senate makes recommendations to the University administration, which acts on them.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what is aprc
What is APRC?
  • APRC is an eleven-member Council of the Academic Senate.
  • Members are appointed from the eight colleges (CPTS is not represented at this time), and from among the FLITE librarians. Two members serve at-large.
  • The Chair of APRC is appointed annually.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

how is the aprc evaluating each program
How is the APRC evaluating each program?
  • Relationship to FSU Mission
  • Program Visibility and Distinctiveness
  • Program Value
  • Enrollment
  • Characteristics, Quality, and Employability of Students
  • Quality of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Composition and Quality of the Faculty

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what ratings are assigned by aprc
What ratings are assigned by APRC?
  • Continue the program
  • Continue the program with enhancement
  • Continue the program with reporting
  • Continue the program with redirection
  • Continue the program with reduction
  • Discontinue the program

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what needs to be done to start the process
What needs to be done to start the process?
  • Create a Program Review Panel (PRP)
  • Prepare a budget for the review
  • Prepare an evaluation plan
  • Submit these documents to the APRC Chair by the second Monday in October.
  • The APRC Chair approves the panel and plan; Associate VP Don Flickinger approves the budget.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what forms the basis of the apr self study
What forms the basis of the APR self-study?
  • Surveys—of graduates, employers, graduating and continuing students, faculty, advisory committees
  • Analysis of the labor market
  • Evaluation of facilities and equipment
  • Evaluation of the curriculum through established learning outcomes at the course and program levels
  • The self study is prepared following guidelines in the Guide for Participants (Guide)

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

who are prp members
Who are PRP members?
  • Faculty compose the majority of a PRP.
  • The program coordinator or the department head sits on the panel.
  • A faculty member from outside the college sits on the panel.
  • An individual with a special interest in the program sits on the panel.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

how is administrative input provided
How is administrative input provided?
  • The Dean and the Department Head prepare analyses that become part of the report.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what resources and help are available to prps
What resources and help are available to PRPs?
  • The APRC Chair receives reassigned time throughout the calendar year to manage the process.
  • The administrative liaison to APR is Associate Vice President Don Flickinger.
  • Demographic and assessment information is available from Institutional Research and Testing and via TracDat.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

when is the self study due
When is the self-study due?
  • The initial submission of the final report is due to the APRC Chair the first Monday in June.
  • The final report (including the required number of copies for the APRC members) is due the second Monday in August.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what happens when the self study is completed
What happens when the self study is completed?
  • In June, the APRC Chair reads the report and makes suggestions for improvement.
  • In August, the APRC Chair receives all the reports from programs under review, and distributes them to the members of the APRC.
  • Individual council members are assigned one or more programs as the lead reviewer.
  • All council members read each report.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what happens when the self study is completed16
What happens when the self study is completed?
  • The APRC meets as a group to discuss each report.
  • Questions are generated for individual PRPs.
  • Individual PRPs respond (in writing) to council questions.
  • The APRC meets with individual PRPs to discuss the report.
  • The APRC meets to discuss recommendations for individual programs.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what happens when the self study is completed17
What happens when the self study is completed?
  • The APRC meets with the Senate Executive Committee to discuss the recommendations.
  • PRP chairs are informed of the council’s recommendations.
  • The APRC Chair formally submits the council’s recommendations at a special Senate meeting in November.
  • Senate members vote on ratification of each recommendation.
  • Recommendations are sent to the Provost through to the President and Board.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

how can i find out more information on the apr process
How can I find out more information on the APR process?
  • The best source for information is the APRC website:

http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/administration/academicaffairs/vpoffice/senate/progreviewcounc/

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

what s new with apr
What’s new with APR?
  • The current cycle (2011-12) is the first to have a requirement for formal learning outcomes at the course and program levels, and submission of a curriculum map.
  • The Guide for Participants has been updated to reflect new assessment standards, and for use by degree and non-degree programs.

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

how can i help
How can I help?

Matt Wagenheim – APRC Chair

[email protected]

x - 2670

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12

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