Academic Program Review

The University of San Diego's academic program review provides a systematic and continuous means of assuring academic excellence in student learning. It is designed to encourage accountability and dialogue among members within the program under review as a self-reflective, continuous process within the broader institutional and discipline-based contexts.

The Academic Program Review (APR) is a four-stage process:

  1. Program self-study
  2. External review team site visit and report
  3. Academic Review Committee (ARC) recommendations
  4. Program's long-term plan and administrative memorandum of understanding (MOU)

Each stage is fully elaborated in USD's Academic Program Review Guidelines. The Academic Review Committee (ARC) meets once or twice per semester to discuss program review materials. Members are chosen by the schools' deans and by the Academic Assembly for the College of Arts and Sciences. 

A number of USD programs undergo accreditation comprehensive reviews and site visits from external agencies. For these programs, USD's APR Guidelines for Programs with Accrediting Bodies have been adapted. Finally, several Master's programs are delivered fully online; each of these programs must also undergo a full review using USD's Online Program Review Guidelines.

Academic Program Review Schedule