Academic Program Review


The University of San Diego’s academic program review process provides a systematic and continuous means of assuring academic excellence. It is designed to encourage accountability and dialogue among members within the department under review as a self-reflective process and within the broader institutional and discipline-based contexts. The process is meant to assist programs in understanding their distinctive and collaborative roles within the University community and with relevant external constituents. It is provides the basis for making evidence-based plans and decisions to foster improvements at all levels of the institution.

Overview of the four-stage process:

  • Department self study
  • Program review team report
  • Recommendations of the Academic Review Committee
  • Development of 5-year action plan by department and administrative memorandum of understanding based on self-study, reports and recommendations.

Academic program review guidelines provide a sequenced set of recommendations and timeline. Programs are also required to attend a training workshop before the onset of program review (slides are available upon request). If your department is undergoing any phase of program review, you will be invited to attend the annual workshop sponsored by the Provost's office and the Center for Educational Excellence.

Faculty can access additional assistance and resource materials through their department chairs, or by contacting their Assessment Team representative.