Academic program review provides opportunities for planning and assessment, review and evaluation, information sharing, and accountability. Both the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents require periodic and systematic assessment and use of assessment results to improve institutional effectiveness. Academic program review is linked directly to strategic planning and budget allocation decisions.
An academic unit, including any center or institute, is required to undergo review at least every seven years. The Director of Academic Program Review prepares the review calendar for each cycle of academic program review. This calendar specifies which academic units will undergo review in each year of the seven-year cycle. The review calendar is approved by the University Senate’s Committee on Academic Programs.
Georgia State University has engaged in systematic review of its academic programs since 1993, completing its first cycle of review in 2004, and its second cycle in 2012. In AY 2012 – 2013 the Senate Executive Committee and Provost Palm convened an Ad Hoc Committee to review and revitalize the GSU APR process. The committee’s recommendations were approved by the full senate at its meeting on October 10, 2013, and are reflected throughout this site.
If you have questions about the process, please email them to John Duffield, Director of Academic Program Review, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404 413-2615.