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Academic program review provides an opportunity for the institution to use a data-driven process to review the achievement of academic program outcomes. Evaluating teaching and learning leads to improved student learning outcomes and is emphasized by Wright State University's accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Program review builds upon annual assessments conducted by departments.
The 2019–20 program review included several improvements compared to the last program reviews conducted between 2013–15:
- It incorporated annual assessment, student success, and financial revenue and expenses.
- Quantitative data was provided to programs by the Office of Institutional Research and Office of the Controller.
- Faculty could supplement quantitative data with discussion and explanation of program outcomes.
- Planning recommendations came at the program, chair, college, dean, and provost levels.
- Programs could continue to assess one or more learning outcomes annually based on assessment plans.
The current review process started in August 2019 as part of the HLC report due June 29, 2020. All department chairs could access the review template and instructions.