At California State University Northridge, the major purpose of program review is to ensure the highest quality educational programs. In order to accomplish this purpose, the program review process should foster departmental self reflection and creative problem solving about curriculum, faculty, and students through the effective use of internal and external resources. Program review should integrate assessment of student learning into plans to promote positive and forward-looking change in academic programs.
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- LAUNCH MEETING:Program review is a continuous process that repeats in 5-year cycles. Each new cycle begins when the Program Review Coordinator invites Chairs/Directors, self-study authors, and assessment faculty to a Launch Meeting at the beginning of the 5th year. The Launch meeting provides general information regarding the self-study and the external review process.
- SELF STUDY: Previous to the launch meeting, the program/department selects the self study author. The department then sends a copy of the self-study (complete when approved by the College and signed by the Dean) to the Program Review Coordinator, who then distributes it to administrators and EPC and GSC representatives involved in the review. (Self Study Guidelines)
- EXTERNAL REVIEW: The Office is responsible for scheduling external review date, confirming reviewers (from a list of potential individuals sent by the program, approved by the Dean), scheduling meetings with administrators, and scheduling the exit meetings. The Chair is responsible for scheduling all other meetings. External reviewers submit a written report to the Office approximately 3 weeks after their visit.
- MOU - CREATION: The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is drafted by the Program Review Coordinator in consultation with the Vice Provost, and is based on the external reviewers’ report. The draft MOU is circulated to the Chair (who distributes it to faculty), administrators, and EPC/GSC representatives. The Program Review Office schedules the MOU meeting, which is convened by the Vice Provost. The draft MOU is clarified and finalized at this meeting. The final MOU is drafted by the Program Review Coordinator based on results of this meeting.
- MOU DISTRIBUTION: (CLOSURE OF FIVE-YEAR REVIEW CYCLE): Once approved by all parties present at the MOU meeting, the MOU is signed by the Vice Provost. Then the Program Review Coordinator sends it to the President, Provost, Department/Program, and attendees of the MOU meeting.
- IMPLEMENTATION OF MOU: The Department/Program implements recommendations from the MOU. The MOU is reviewed annually by the faculty to evaluate their progress in implementing the recommendations and maintaining or strengthening the areas of commendation. The interaction part of the cycle begins again four years after the MOU is finalized, with a return to step 1, the Launch Meeting.
Congratulations to the following:
Departments and Programs that completed their Program Review in the 2012-2013 academic year
Asian American Studies, English, and History