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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

Presenter:

Matt Wagenheim, Ph.D.

APRC Chair

Academic Program Review Orientation 2011-12


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What is Academic Program Review?

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

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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.

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What offerings go through APR?

  • Degree programs

  • Academic minors and certificates

  • Non-degree entities such as General Education, the Business Core, and FSUS

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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How is administrative input provided?

  • The Dean and the Department Head prepare analyses that become part of the report.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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/

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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.

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How can I help?

Matt Wagenheim – APRC Chair

[email protected]

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