Academic Program Review

Academic Program Review (APR) is primarily intended to maintain and strengthen the quality of academic programs through the regular audit of the quality, rigor, and productivity of existing degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and development of strategies for ongoing improvement. The Academic Program Review, conducted on a ten-year cycle, is intended to be helpful and supportive in

  • Recognizing strengths and achievements
  • Identifying areas in need of attention
  • Promoting goal setting and planning

Reviews should provide perspectives useful to the academic unit whose programs are under review and to their respective college dean. Reviews should also give those outside the academic unit an informed overview of the strengths, challenges, and needs of the academic unit. 

The Academic Program Review has a direct relationship to other assessment processes. Program accreditation and Academic Program Review reports are combined in as much as possible to create a unified process. When completed, Academic Program Reviews of graduate programs also fulfill the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) requirements for Periodic Review of Graduate Programs (Section 5.52).

Check the Following Links for Related Information

PROCESS The process for completing the various phases of the Academic Program Review is described in a step-by-step format.

CALENDAR The Academic Program Review Calendar indicates when programs are scheduled to complete their review, and the Academic Program Review Checklist indicates the sequence and due dates for programs during the review process.

POLICY AND PROCEDURES The academic affairs policy and procedures statement guiding the academic program review process is available through this link.

RESOURCES Links to various websites with information relevant to the Academic Program Review process are available.