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Academic Program Review

2015 Edition of the Academic Program Review GuidelinesAdobe PDF Icon

The purpose of Academic Program Review (APR) is to ensure that Winthrop University continues a leadership role in offering national-caliber academic programs consistent with emerging best practices.  The goal is to provide both qualitative and quantitative analyses for demonstrating accountability and institutional effectiveness.  Results from reviews are used to enhance program quality and inform resource allocations.

Academic Program Review follows a five- to seven-year cycle in which academic units conduct a self study to assess major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and concerns in the areas of quality, demand, and resources.  Programs with specialized accreditation or certification coordinate their review with the specialized organization review.  A unit conducts the self-study during the first year with the peer review and presentation of findings occurring the following year.