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Guidelines for Academic Program Reviews at NOVA

Guidelines for Academic Program Reviews at NOVA

In the program/discipline report, each of the following sections should be addressed:

Program Viability, Productivity, and Demographic Data: programs compare viability and productivity data with SCHEV’s viability standards. Programs/disciplines also discuss patterns in their enrollment data over the course of four to five years.

Effectiveness of the Curriculum: programs discuss how their curriculum meets the changing demands of the workforce and the requirements of top transfer institutions. Programs/disciplines focus on curriculum revisions, strengths and weaknesses, assessment of student learning outcomes and core learning outcomes, and potential improvements.

Student Success Metrics: OIR provides data on course-success, retention, graduation, transfer, and job placement rates as appropriate to the program/discipline. Each subsection is usually further disaggregated by Race/Ethnicity, Full-Time vs. Part-Time students, and program rates vs. College-Wide rates.

Resources to Support the Academic Program: discusses resources supporting student learning in the program/discipline such as clubs, support services, counselors/advisors, or opportunities for professional development. Includes the strengths and weaknesses of these resources.

Student and Faculty Surveys: focuses on student and faculty opinions about the program/discipline and potential areas of improvement. Major aspects of the student survey are highlighted and major outcomes of the faculty survey are listed.

Action Plan for Improvement: this last section of the report identifies any recommendations and/or suggestions to improve the program/discipline.

Please see Guidelines for Program and Discipline Review document for an in-depth explanation of the Program and Discipline Review Report.

The Office of Academic Assessment, Institutional Research, and other appropriate university units provide administrative support for programs/discipline review. The completed review is evaluated by peer reviewers and approved by the Curriculum Committee and Admin Council.