Academic Program Review

Academic Program Review (APR) is central to Georgia State University’s planning and resource allocation processes.  Periodic and systematic assessment of academic programs and the use of assessment results to improve institutional effectiveness are required by both the University System of Georgia and the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on College (SACSCOC).

Georgia State University has engaged in the systematic review of its academic programs since 1993, completing its first cycle of review in 2004 and its second in 2012.  At the end of the second cycle, the Provost and the Executive Committee of the University Senate convened an Ad Hoc Committee to review the APR process and to make recommendations to refine it,  The committee’s recommendations were adopted by the Senate in 2013.

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness assists and coordinates the Academic Program Review process.  Specific functions include:

  • preparing and obtaining approval of the review schedule from the University Senate’s Committee on Academic Programs (CAP)
  • providing orientation sessions for academic units and programs prior to review
  • providing institutional data and conducting surveys of currently enrolled students, faculty, and alumni
  • arranging and coordinating site visits by outside evaluators
  • assisting and supporting the Academic Program Review Committee (a sub-committee of CAP)
  • monitoring the status of action plans and their implementation
  • managing and cataloging all information related to the academic program review process

Day-to-day support of the APR process is provided by the Director of Assessment and Review, Dr. John Duffield.  Please direct questions to, or call 404 413-2615.