Every six years, major programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level undergo a process of comprehensive academic program review. Program coordinators and program faculty prepare structured self-studies addressing programs' contributions to academic quality and student learning, as well as broader institutional and statewide educational priorities. Self-studies are reviewed by a standing committee of faculty established by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, which includes representatives from each of the academic colleges and University Libraries. The findings and recommendations of the review committee are shared with program coordinators and faculty, the department head and college dean, the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and the Council for Postsecondary Education (CPE).
Academic Program Review (APR) builds upon the annual process of student learning outcomes assessment. In addition, it provides academic programs the opportunity to analyze and reflect upon data trends in enrollment, student success, resourcing, and other quantitative and qualitative performance measures. The objective is continuous improvement of academic programs, and APR is a key element of WKU's institutional effectiveness processes.
The APR process is aligned with the CPE's "Review of Existing Academic Programs: Policy and Procedures" implemented in September 2011 and authorized by KRS 164.020 (16).
The most recent Academic Program Review cycle began in 2012-13. The links at right provide contextual information regarding the APR process and development of program self-studies.