The Process

  1. The Program Review is an opportunity for departments to reflect deeply on what is happening in their programs and look for what changes need to be made to better align programs with the direction (mission, strategies, priorities, etc.) of BYU-Idaho. Reflection should be happening on an ongoing basis but this makes that more formal on a regular schedule.
  2. The program review will consist of 4 parts:
    1. a review of program student learning data.
    2. a quick review of the assessment plan and calendar to determine if it is still being followed.
    3. a short review of what program changes were implemented after the last review and the new assessment data compared to previous assessment data to see if changes made are improving outcome attainment.
    4. a discussion of overall program in relation to BYU-Idaho.
      1. What are the plans to meet the new curriculum guidelines?
      2. What are the students doing with this degree?
      3. Does the degree allow ease of navigation for students as well as landing spots and exit points?
      4. Are the outcomes deeply embedded in the structure?
      5. Are the courses seen as a component of the whole or as separate pieces?
      6. Does this degree fit an essential need at BYU-Idaho?
      7. What are the entry points for students and are they such that students can see the potential n this major?
  3. The assessment data from the program review will populate the university Student Learning link on the  Program Report Card. Departments should keep additional data that drives curricular improvement and be constantly using it.
  4. Curriculum Council's role is not simply to listen to departments talk about their programs and then give a stamp of approval. CC is there to help departments question what they are doing and look for ways to innovate and improve to better meet the needs of students going forward. Program reviews are not a hoop to jump through but should be a process for improvement.

LINKS AND RESOURCES

  • Program Review template. This template describes the information that should be included in a Program Review report.  It is designed to simplify the process and make it uniform across campus by making it almost a fill-in-the-blank and answer-the question format.  You can replace the sample outcomes statements, assessment tools, assessment calendar information, and data for each outcome with your own.  Information on program outcomes and assessments is pulled from the Program Review report and posted on the Outcomes & Assessment web site.