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Academic Program Review

Academic Program Review

Authority: 
Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
Revised June 2015; Revised January 2016
Purpose
 
McNeese State University seeks to maintain high quality academic programs and adhere to the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Comprehensive Standard 2.5 of the SACSCOC Principles requires that an institution engage in ongoing and institution-wide planning and evaluation to demonstrate continuous improvement in institutional quality. Core Requirement 3.3.1.1 of the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation requires that all academic programs identify expected outcomes, assess the extent to which they achieve those outcomes, and provide evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results of those outcomes.  Federal Requirement 4.1 of the SACSCOC Principles describes the governmental mandate that an institution demonstrate student achievement.
 
Academic Program Master Plan Progress Reports
 
Each academic program is assigned a Program Coordinator who is academically qualified in the field. Program Coordinators for all academic programs (degree and certificate programs) complete Academic Program Master Plan Progress Reports that describe the ongoing assessment and evaluation of program objectives and student learning outcomes.   Program revisions made due to the evaluation of assessment data or related information are included in the annual report.   Program Coordinators ensure academic programs contain essential curricular components, have appropriate content and pedagogy, and maintain currency.
 
Professionally accredited academic programs at McNeese periodically undergo an Academic Program Review, which includes a thorough self-evaluation and an external review process as required by accrediting agencies.  Programs that are not professionally accredited may undergo an Academic Program Review at the request of the Program Coordinator, the Dean of the College that oversees the program, the Provost, the President of McNeese, or McNeese’s management or governing boards.  The annual Academic Program Master Plan Progress Reports provide documentation to support the systematic ongoing review of academic programs and demonstrate the use of assessment and evaluation for continuous education program improvement to support the institution’s mission.
 
This policy is distributed via Senior Staff, Academic Advisory Council and Campus Digest.