Program Review

Periodic review of each University of Oregon degree program is essential to maintaining excellence and for effective long-range planning. This review process is a positive approach to academic assessment, promoting each unit's desire to develop and reaffirm its commitment to excellence.

Academic program review is a primary means to maintain and improve program quality. As a result, academic units can realize many benefits from a thorough program review. Some of the most positive outcomes include:

  • An examination of the quality and value of the unit's academic programs by the faculty, students, and administrators.
  • An evaluation, and perhaps revision, of objectives for the teaching, research, and service missions of the academic program as they relate to the University's academic mission and strategic priorities.
  • A clarification of program goals, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
  • An improved source of information to help guide decisions on strategic priorities and associated resources.

The Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs has developed a comprehensive guidance document [PDF] to help lead units through the program review process.

Policy

As delegated by the provost, the senior vice provost for academic affairs is responsible for coordinating the necessary periodic reviews of degree programs, is the main point of contact for programs being reviewed, and has responsibility for oversight and implementation of the program review process.

The university will review each of its programs every ten years (more frequently, if required), and report results to the university community.

Accreditation and Program Review

Accreditation and program review are different. Accreditation, an external review process, typically measures minimum standards of performance, while program review, an internal process, focuses on identifying goals and objectives and assisting a program to reach its greatest potential. Because these reviews respond to different questions and concerns, an accreditation self-study may comprise part but not all of a program review self-study.

Program Review Schedule

The program review process has been postponed for the 2017-2018 academic year.

If you have questions about program review, please contact academicaffairs@uoregon.edu.