ERIC Number: ED167049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Emperor's Clothes: The Politics and Process of Academic Program Review.
Justifications for academic program review include a need for external accountability, administrative decision-making, and a definition of purpose. An overall coordinating group that will monitor the review, set policy, and bring together all of the diverse operations is needed. Guidelines and standards for the review procedure need to be articulated in order to achieve some comparability between the reviews. The most important condition is a clear statement of the purpose and goals of the review. Working out the initial details of procedure, such as the time span of the review process and the unit to be assessed, is discussed. The stages of the actual review process include establishing a data base for the department, preparation by the department of a self-study of its activities and programs, and evaluation of each department by committees of faculty peers. Followup on the department self-study and evaluation by an internal committee from the perspective of local priorities and expectations is proposed. Issues of closure and confidentiality and the possibility of using a summary statement of reviewer's assessments and recommendations are discussed. Appendices outline information and procedures for establishing a data base and conducting a departmental self-study, internal review, and external review. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A