At Illinois State University primary responsibility for the quality of academic programs resides with faculty at the institution. The purpose of program review is to maximize student learning in academic programs by identifying program elements that are working well and merit continuation as well as aspects of a program that can be improved. Academic programs are reviewed by the Academic Planning Committee, an external committee of the Academic Senate with faculty representation from each college. The work of the committee is facilitated by the Office of the Provost. Program review is carried out in a manner consistent with principals of shared governance at Illinois State and with guidelines established by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE).
The Academic Planning Committee is charged with reviewing each degree and certificate program every eight years and each research and service center every four years. However, with concurrence of IBHE staff, the schedule may be modified to accommodate program faculty (e.g., to better align with specialized accreditation reviews or to schedule reviews of all programs offered by a unit during the same year). See Program Review Schedule by Year and Program Review Schedule by Program and Center.
Academic Planning Committee review of a program or center culminates in a determination of program status, identification of exemplary aspects of the program, and recommendations for program improvement. In determining program status, the committee is limited to selecting one of three categories prescribed by Illinois statutes: In Good Standing, Flagged for Further Review, or Temporary Suspension. The committee may also ask program/center faculty to address issues and report back to the committee through submission of one or more interim (or follow-up) reports prior to the subsequent eight-year review (or four-year review, in the case of centers). The committee shares its preliminary findings with program faculty before they are finalized. Recommendations are then published in program review summaries that become part of the annual academic plan. The plan is reviewed by the Academic Senate and then adopted by the Board of Trustees.
The latest program review outcome for each program and center, organized by college, may be accessed using links in the navigation bar on the left side of this page or using the links below. Information provided for each program and center includes the due date of the last program review self study report, due dates for outstanding interim reports, and the due date for the next program review self-study report.
Programs of the College of Applied Science and Technology
Programs of the College of Arts and Sciences
Programs of the College of Business
Programs of the College of Education
Programs of the College of Fine Arts
Programs of Mennonite College of Nursing
Centers and University-wide programs
There are three primary sources of data for conducting program review self-studies: academic program profiles, student learning outcomes assessment data, and standard data sets and reports
Program-level data are compiled annually for each degree program by the Office of Planning, Research, and Policy Analysis (PRPA) and are published in documents called academic program profiles. See academic program profile glossaries (undergraduate programs, graduate programs) for a description of metrics included in the fall 2014 release.
During the year prior to conducting the program review self-study, program faculty members review and update the student learning outcomes assessment plan that faculty members have adopted for their program. Faculty members then implement assessment activities described in the plan and use assessment results to identify program strengths and actions to improve student learning. Those findings are then incorporated into the program review self-study report. University Assessment Services staff is available to assist faculty with the assessment component of program review as well as with class, department, and unit assessment projects.
The Office of Planning, Research, and Policy Analysis (PRPA) regularly compiles data that program faculty might use to conduct the program review self-study. See University Data , Student Data, Faculty Staff Data, and Peer Groups.
Dr. Jim Jawahar
Coordinator of Academic Programs and Policy
Derek Herrmann Meyers
Assistant Director, University Assessment Services