October 25, 2010
TO: Faculty Senate
FROM: Sandy Grunwald, APR Committee Chair
RE: Academic Program Review Charge
The Academic Program Review (APR) Committee was charged with reviewing the 2008-2009 Academic Planning Committee’s end of year report focusing on online courses. The APR Committee members considered their role in two recommendations forwarded by the Academic Planning Committee:
The first recommendation included in the Academic Planning Committee’s report was “(t)he Academic Program Review committee should require programs to discuss the use and effectiveness of any replacement of face-to-face contact hours with online activities.”
The second recommendation included in the Academic Planning Committee’s report considered the role of the APR in monitoring and/or notifying APC of program changes that involve online courses. This is based on the report statement that “APC should re-review existing programs if programs change to the point that 50% or more of the courses in the program are offered as online courses.”
In response to the first recommendation of the Academic Planning Committee, the APR Committee suggests two changes to the format of the APR Self-Study Report document. The APR Committee seeks approval from Faculty Senate on the following changes:
Change 1: The first change involves adding a bullet in the APR Self-Study Report appendices section such that programs will include a “profile of course delivery mode within program (report on % of courses that are classroom, classroom/laboratory, laboratory, online [> 50% online course delivery], studio, etc).” This information will not only be useful to determine if the program contains a significant amount of online instruction, but also to gain information on other course delivery methods commonly used in the program (i.e. laboratory, studio, etc).
Change 2: The second change involves adding a bullet to Section III of the APR Self-Study Report that deals with Assessment of Student Learning & Degree of Program Success. The new bulleted item states: “If a program course contains greater than 50% online delivery, discuss the use and effectiveness of this course. Compare any replacement of face to face contact hours with online activities.”
See the attached APR Self-Study Report that contains these proposed additions.
In response to the second recommendation of the Academic Planning Committee, the APR committee members felt that the APR is not the avenue to monitor such activity. As self-studies occur every seven years, the reports would not be timely enough for this information to be utilized. The APR Committee suggests that monitoring and/or notifying APC of the amount of online coursework within programs should come from other sources on a regular basis, such as from the Director of Online Education.