Although the granular focus of each individual program review is valuable, we believe that academic units would benefit from a broader picture of the academic unit as a whole. As we seek input of the external review committee comprised of prominent faculty from leading institutions, increasing the breadth of a review to include all degree programs of an academic unit—when it makes sense for the structure and priorities of the school—presents a rare opportunity to examine the relationships across programs. We hope that this new approach will also help identify wide-ranging school or university issues that may pose as obstacles for academic excellence, which will better inform strategic planning.
Beginning in Fall 2022, we will implement this new format of combined reviews, adhering to the current 10-year review cycle. We recognize that the combined review model may not fit the structure of some schools, so we will work with each dean’s office to design a meaningful assessment.
Last updated January 2024