UAS conducts program reviews of all its academic programs. These comprehensive and periodic reviews are necessary to evaluate policies, procedures, and programs and services of the institution. The purpose of the periodic reviews is to facilitate improvement of programs and services, and thereby, the overall strength and reputation of UAS. Through curricular changes, program reviews serve the purpose of attainment of strategic plan goals and meeting the needs of students, faculty, and the mission of the university. Through quality self-assessment, the reviews contribute to the academic strength of the University’s educational mission. They also help UAS meet the changing needs of the institution and the students it serves.
Details about program review procedures, schedule, reports, and a summary of program review results can be found on the companion tabs of this program review page.
Program Review Procedures
The following program review procedures include an explanation how they are intended to assist faculty and administration decision-making, the different types of reviews conducted, the review process, considerations for reviews of programs with specialized accreditations, the basic review calendar, and format for reviews.
These procedures are based upon the following University of Alaska Board of Regents policy and regulations:
A. In accordance with P10.04.020, it is the responsibility of the board to review and cause the initiation, augmentation, reduction or discontinuance of programs according to the mission of the university and its constituent institutions. This includes a degree or certificate program approved by the board.
B. Each MAU will conduct assessments of all instructional, research, and service programs with respect to quality, efficiency, and contribution to mission and goals. Assessments of instructional programs will include analysis of educational effectiveness as an essential part of the ongoing continuous improvement and accreditation processes. Assessments will be conducted at a minimum of every five years. Occupational endorsements and workforce credentials approved by the president will be subject to review at the MAU level.
C. Exceptional reviews may be conducted as needed, to respond to issues including but not limited to specific academic or budgetary concerns. An expedited review process tailored to the particular circumstances shall be used for exceptional reviews.
This regulation suggests the elements each campus of the statewide system should employ in its review of academic programs.
B. Elements for Evaluation
The programs of each of the university's major units follow from its respective mission (Policy 01.01); changes in programs should be consistent with and guided by these mission statements.
The necessary elements that a unit should assess during the program review process include the following:
- Centrality of the program to the mission, needs and purposes of the university and the unit;
- Quality of the program, as determined by the establishment and regular assessment of program outcomes. Outcomes should be comprehensive, and indications of achievement should involve multiple measures and satisfy the properties of good evidence;
- Demand for program services, as indicated by measures such as: credit hour production appropriate to the program's mission, services performed by the program in support of other programs, graduates produced, the prospective market for graduates, expressed need by clientele in the service area, documented needs of the state and/or nation for specific knowledge, data, or analysis, other documented need;
- Program productivity and efficiency as indicated by courses, student credit hours, sponsored proposals and service achievements produced in comparison to the number of faculty and staff and the costs of program support;
- Timeliness of an action to augment, reduce or discontinue the program;
- Cost of the program relative to the cost of comparable programs or to revenue produced;
- Unnecessary program duplication resulting from the existence of a similar program or programs elsewhere in the University of Alaska statewide system.
Program review procedures include:
1. an annual audit conducted by the dean/director of the school in which the program is housed.
2. a cycle review conducted every five (5) years; and
3. special reviews initiated by the chancellor, provost, or academic dean based on empirical data such as the annual audit or other relevant information.
Program reviews assist the faculty, dean, and the university administration in:
1. evaluating the contribution of the program to the mission of the university;
2. evaluating the contribution of the program to the community;
3. evaluating the degree to which the program is achieving its educational goals;
4. identifying the relative strengths and weaknesses of the program;
5. developing plans and priorities for the future of the program;
6. providing appropriate recognition to the program;
7. determining need for change or program improvement; and
8. evaluating the value of the program to the State of Alaska.
Types of Reviews
Annual Audit - all programs shall be reviewed annually by the dean/director.
Program Review –provides for evaluation of degree or certificate program approved by the Board of Regents, a discipline, a minor, a distinct option, emphasis, or track within the academic program, or a sequence of specific academic requirements leading to another type of credential or certification.
Special Program Review - The Chancellor, the Provost, or the program’s Dean may call for a Special Program Review prior to the Annual Audit or the regular Program Review if events trigger the necessity. The same committee structure as that for the regular Program Review will be used.
Departmental Self-study - Like a program review, except all programs within a discipline undergo cyclic review simultaneously.
1. At the beginning of the review process, the School Dean will appoint a Lead Person to conduct the review. This person should be a faculty member familiar with the degree program(s) under review.
2. UAS Institutional Research (UASIR) will work with the Lead Person to generate a Program Review Packet containing the data called out in the various sections of the Review Format below and to generate other data to enhance the review process.
3. The department undergoing review will use the Format for Review section to prepare a packet of materials for each program being reviewed. This will be reviewed by the School Committee which will consist of the faculty and key staff members involved in the program(s) delivery, and at least one student well along in each program under review.
4. The Lead Person will submit a draft based on the School Committee’s input to the School Dean.
5. The Provost will appoint an Institutional Review Committee (IRC) including three reviewers from the program, two others from the university community and one reviewer external to UAS with expertise in the discipline.
6. The Institutional Review Committee will review the program(s) and write a report that addresses the program(s) strengths, weaknesses/deficiencies. The IRC will provide one of the following recommendations: continuation without change, continuation with change, or discontinuation. Any recommendations to discontinue a program must provide rationale consistent with BOR Policy and University Regulation 10.04.02C, including appropriate review and recommendation by the UAS Curriculum Committee or Graduate Committee.
7. The departmental faculty will review and respond to the IRC’s report.
8. The Dean will write a response to the report indicating what actions, if any, will be taken at the department level and any recommendations for university action.
9. All materials will then be forwarded to the Provost for final review. The Provost will respond, indicating any university actions that will be taken.
Program reviews for programs that hold professional accreditation will be conducted simultaneously with development of the accreditation self-study whenever possible.
At the discretion of the departmental faculty, any degree program that holds professional accreditation may be reviewed by an alternate process if a substantive accreditation evaluation has been conducted since the last comprehensive review. In this case the departmental faculty may elect to use the report of the accreditation evaluators instead of a report issued by the review committee.
The deadline dates will be established by the provost as reviews are commissioned and review committees are appointed. This calendar shows the months in which various review actions are to take place.
May Department appoints Program Review Lead Person
July UASIR provides data to Departmental Lead Person
September Department begins reviewing draft
January Program Review submitted to School Dean
January Provost appoints Institutional Review Committee
February Institutional Review Committee reviews
March Program Review returns to Department for review
April Dean submits Program Review to Provost
May Provost responds and takes appropriate action
Format for Review
The data used in the review shall consist of the materials from UASIR, and:
- dean’s annual audit reports (if any written reports were done)
- outcomes assessment plan and results
- significant changes since the last comprehensive review
The following outline should be followed where it contributes to the clarity of the review. It should be considered a guideline subject to modification where necessary to communicate the review findings. Review should be short and effective.
1.1. Degrees, diplomas, certificates, and/or minors and the mission and goals of each. Source: UAS Catalog.
1.2. Brief history of program. Sources: UAS Catalogs, Program internal documents.
1.3. Summary of strengths and deficiencies, and recommendations of previous reviews. Source: Previous reviews.
1.4. Program consistency with institutional mission and goals. Sources: UAS Strategic Plan and School/Program Plans
1.5. Interactions and/or duplication with other programs on campus (support for other majors, general education, etc.). Sources: UASIR, program internal documents.
1.6. Transferability to and from similar programs at other University of Alaska institutions.
1.7. Statewide implications or mission. Source: UA Board of Regents Strategic Plan
1.8. Other appropriate data from department records.
2.1. Headcount and instructional full-time equivalent (FTE) for full and adjunct faculty for each of the past five years. Source: UASIR.
2.2. A profile of unit faculty with degrees, areas of specialization, rank and tenure status, years of experience, gender and minority composition. Sources: UASIR and program internal documents.
2.3. A program profile of the productivity of the faculty, including teaching, service, research and creative activities, and administrative responsibilities for each of the past five years. Sources: UASIR and program internal documents.
2.4. Average student credit hours (SCH) per full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty per academic year for each of the past five years. Source: UASIR.
2.5. Comparison of student credit hours (SCH) per full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty for the program with similar programs at peer institutions, as comparative data become available. Similar programs and peer institutions may be suggested by the faculty of the program under review, the dean of the college, and/or the Provost. Source: UASIR.
2.6. Average class size by full-time and adjunct faculty. Source: UASIR
2.7. Student/faculty ratio. Source: UASIR.
3.1. Student credit hours (SCH) generated for each of the past five years. Source: UASIR.
3.2. Special admission standards or other measures of selecting students, if applicable. Source: Program internal documents.
3.3. Number of admitted students including premajors in programs, where applicable. Source: UASIR.
3.4. Annual number of graduates by completion level (certificate, diploma, degree) for each of the past five years. Source: UASIR.
3.5. Retention Profile for the past five years. Source: UASIR.
3.6. Completion Profile for the past five years. Source: UASIR.
3.7. Analysis and commentary on enrollment trends and attrition or retention rates. Source: Program internal documents
3.8. Quality of graduates (criteria used by the program in their self-study and/or by reviewers should be clearly defined). Source: Program assessment plan documents.
3.9. Employment demand for and placement rate of graduates for each of the past five years (This may be informal data gathered by the programs). Source: UAS Alumni Association and Department of Labor statistics with assistance from UASIR.
4.1. Direct instructional costs per student credit hour (SCH) for each of the past five years.
4.2. Comparison of cost per student credit hour (SCH) to other programs (if information is available).
5.1. Adequacy of library holdings. Source: Egan Library Reports.
5.2. Adequacy of facilities, technology, laboratory and other equipment, including plans for equipment maintenance and replacement. Sources: Program internal documents and peer data when available.
5.3. Adequacy of professional development funds. Sources: Program internal documents and peer data when available.
5.4. Adequacy of staff/student support. Sources: Program internal documents and peer data when available.
5.5. Adequacy of budget. Sources: Program internal documents and peer data when available.
6.1. Special departmental characteristics, including, for example, unique features, benchmarking with other programs and program simulations. Sources: Program internal documents and materials from other higher education reports.
6.2. Programs with advisory committees should provide a list of members of the advisory committee, the business/industry each member represents, and results of committee activities concerning curriculum, equipment, and faculty. Sources: Program internal documents.
6.3. Innovations in pedagogy, professional development, application of technology, etc. Sources: Program internal documents.
6.4. Comment from program advisory committees for those programs that have them. Sources: Program internal documents.
7.1. Program strengths
7.2. Program weaknesses/deficiencies
7.3. Recommendations for change
7.4. Recommendation for continuance/discontinuance
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To view the full Proposed Program Review Table for AY2014-15 through AY2020-21, click here. Use the drop-down selections below to view the Program Review Table for a specific degree/certificate program.
Certificates Last Program Review Academic Year 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 Accounting Technician Completed AY 11-12 Due Automotive Technology Completed AY 10-11 Due Due Computer Information and Office Systems Completed AY 12-13 Due Drafting Technology Received AY 13-14 X Due Fisheries Technology Completed AY 10-11 Due Due Health Information Management Completed AY 09-10 Due Due Healthcare Privacy and Security Completed AY 09-10 Due Due Outdoor Skills and Leadership Received AY 13-14 X Due Pre-Engineering Received AY 13-14 X Due Pre-Nursing Qualifications Completed AY 12-13 Due Pre-Radiologic Technology Qualifications Completed AY 12-13 Due Residential Building Science Received AY 13-14 X Due Small Business Management Completed AY 11-12 Due
Associate Degrees Last Program Review Academic Year 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 Associate of Arts Received AY 13-14 X Due Associate of Science New AY 14 Due Associate of Applied Sciences Apprenticeship Technology AY 96-97 Business Administration Completed AY 11-12 Due Construction Technology Received AY 13-14 X Due Fisheries Technology Completed AY 10-11 Due Due Health Information Management Completed AY 09-10 Due Due Health Science Completed AY 12-13 Due Law Enforcement New Fall 2013 Due Due Power Technology - Diesel Completed AY 10-11 Due Due Power Technology - USCG Marine Oiler Completed AY 10-11 Due Due
Bachelor Degrees Last Program Review Academic Year 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 Bachelor of Art Art Received AY 13-14 X Due Biology Completed AY 09-10 Due Elementary Education NCATE AY 11-12 Due English Completed AY 09-10 Due Due Geography & Environmental Studies New Program AY 10-11 Due Due Social Science Completed AY 09-10 Due Due Special Education New Program AY 12-13 Due Due Bachelor of Business Administration Completed AY 11-12 Due Bachelor of Liberal Arts Completed AY 12-13 Due Bachelor of Science Biology Received AY 13-14 X Due Environmental Science Received AY 13-14 X Due Geography & Environmental Resources New Program AY 10-11 Due Due Marine Biology Received AY 13-14 X Due Mathematics Received AY 13-14 X Due
Master Degrees Last Program Review Academic Year 13-14 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 Education Elementary (M.A.T.) NCATE AY 11-12 Due Due Secondary (M.A.T.) NCATE AY 11-12 Due Due Educational Leadership (M.Ed.) NCATE AY 11-12 Due Educational Technology (M.Ed.) NCATE AY 11-12 Due Due Mathematics Education (M.Ed.) NCATE AY 11-12 Due Due Reading (M.Ed.) NCATE AY 11-12 Due Due Special Education (M.A.T.) New Program AY 12-13 Due Due Special Education (M.Ed.) NCATE AY 11-12 Due Public Administration (M.P.A.) Completed AY 11-12 Due
Discontinued Programs Last Program Review Master of Business Administration Completed AY 11-12 Associate of Applied Science - Early Childhood Education Completed AY 10-11 Master of Arts - Early Childhood Education NCATE AY 11-12 Master of Education - Early Childhood Education NCATE AY 11-12 Graduate Certification – Early Childhood Education NCATE AY 11-12 Associate of Applied Science -Computer Information & Office Systems Completed AY 12-13 (Suspended: teach out thru 2015) Associate of Business Completed AY 11-12 (Suspended: teach out thru 2015) Associate of Applied Science -Power Technology - Automotive Completed AY 10-11 (Suspended 1/14)
Program review reports are available upon request. Please contact the Provost's Office for a copy.