ERIC Number: ED158638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
State-Level Academic Program Review in Higher Education. Report No. 107.
Barak, Robert J.; Berdahl, Robert O.
The state of the art of state-level academic program review is presented. The growth of state agency reviews and three types of state coordinating agencies are discussed. The relation of program review to budget review and planning is outlined, and a description is provided of what programs are reviewed, the criteria for reviewing new programs, and the process or mechanism of review. A profile by state is presented of the followinq seven major factors commonly included for new program review: program description, purposes and objectives, need analysis, cost analysis, resources analysis, program accreditation, and availability of adequate student financial aid. Procedures of the various review processes are discussed, and academic reviews conducted in New York and Florida are described. Difficulties encountered in the selection of existing programs for review and in developing a functioning definition of programs are discussed. The criteria used most frequently for existing program review by various agencies are productivity, cost, quality, and need. Four types of reviewers and problems that occur in review, including legal, political, and due process issues, are discussed. Recommendations for the optimal conditions for academic program review are offered. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Accountability, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Review (Reexamination), State Departments of Education, State Standards
Education Commission of the States, 300 Lincoln Tower, 1860 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado 80295 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
Note: Part of the Inservice Education Program