ERIC Number: ED427586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Program Approval and Review Practices in States and Selected Foreign Countries. Final Report to the Planning Committee of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Creamer, Don G.; Janosik, Steve M.; Zhao, Chunmei; Simpson, Miya; Perry, Mike
In response to proposals in the strategic plan of the Virginia State Council of Higher Education to decentralize the agency's statutory responsibilities for academic program approval, this study examined how the 50 states and eight foreign countries currently review and approve such programs. Written policy materials were collected and analyzed and semi-structured interviews were conducted with the academic officers of the responsible state agencies to determine current practices, perceived strengths and weaknesses of current practices, and plans for changes. Five general models were identified: (1) independent institutional review; (2) interdependent institutional review; (3) state-mandated review; (4) quality assurance audit; and (5) modified institution/state collaboration. The models are compared in terms of their positions regarding state agency control. A separate review of the use of testing to determine program quality found that testing was not a normative practice in program review. Appendices summarize program approval and review practices in Virginia, the United States, and foreign countries. (Contains 88 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia