Institutional Effectiveness

Office of Institutional Effectiveness


Academic Program Review and Planning

Academic Year 2014-15

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In order to meet the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association's Criteria for Accreditation, and in accordance with the University Strategic Plan, WMU must engage in a process of academic program review that demonstrates WMU's commitment to quality educational programs. This process was initiated in fall 2011 by a subcommittee of deans in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The subcommittee drafted the APR&P procedures used throughout this process and shared these documents with the Faculty Senate councils for input and feedback.

    Intended Outcomes

    1. Intended Outcomes A suite of undergraduate and graduate programs that allow graduates of these programs to be productive in society and their careers.
    2. Provide capacity for future program additions to meet the needs of the next generation of graduates.
    3. Provide direction for as to how to enhance the current and new programs (continuous quality improvement).
    4. Provide indications as to where Academic Affairs should reinvest resources to expand and or enhance academic programs.
    5. Further integrate learning outcomes and the associated assessment to the discussion on program appropriations and quality.

Deans of the academic colleges are now working to complete their responses to the self-studies and team observation reports seeking department leadership input as needed. The deans' planning recommendations for programs will be released May 4, 2015. The Planning Reports compiled by the deans will include noted program strengths and opportunities for improvement, selected comments for criteria, and will make a recommended planning directive.

Page updated April 24, 2015

Self-Study Procedures and Templates

Procedures and Templates

For editable versions of the templates, please use the forms found in SharePoint.

Observation Rubric

APR&P Observation Consideration Rubric

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