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Program Review

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 the program review process makes that more formal on a regular schedule.

  1. The academic program review will consist of 9 parts:
    1. Program Overview
    2. Review of Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
    3. Curriculum Map (including the assessment mapping needed for data collection)
    4. Assessment Data table
    5. Student learning data analysis and Improvement Plan
    6. Review of Industry input 
    7. Institutional Alignment
    8. Course level outcomes and assessments
    9. Anticipated Curriculum changes
  2. In order to identify gaps in student learning and student achievement, Academic Leaders and faculty should consider the following data tools
    Program Review Assessment Data Table
    Program Data Library
    Course Data Portal
    Academic Reporting Suite
  3. Plans for improving student learning should be documented within the Program Review document
  4. Faculty should discuss the available data, the full and complete curriculum map, and the program review report as they consider
    i. The BYU-Idaho curriculum guidelines
    ii. What are the students doing with this degree?
    iii. Does the degree allow ease of navigation for students as well as landing spots and exit points?
    iV. Are the outcomes deeply embedded in the structure?
    v. Are the courses seen as a component of the whole or as separate pieces?
    vi. Does this degree fit an essential need at BYU-Idaho? vi. What are the entry points for students, and are they such that students can see the potential in this major?
  5. The University Curriculum Council's role is not simply to listen to departments talk about their programs and then give a stamp of approval. The reporting process exists 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 series of documented discussions and a process for improvement.