ACADEMIC PROGRAM REVIEW
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
Room 2076 HSC
Present: Heiden, Beck, Bakkum, Morgan, Dixon
APRC Members: Czerwinski, Graham, Jax, McCoy, Morzinski
Following Introductions, Chair McCoy outlined the time table for the Academic Program Review for programs scheduled for review in 2004-05
Programs with External Accreditation/Directors
Educational Studies: Deloris Heiden, Chair
Pre-K/Elementary/Middle Level Education: Joyce Shanks
Middle Level/Secondary Education: Judy Beck
Graduate Reading Program: Carol Kirk
Graduate Special Education Program (and UG minor): Carol Angell
Early Childhood Minor: Barbara Chaney
Master of Education-Professional Development: Chris Bakkum
Psychology: major and minor: Betsy Morgan
School Psychology: Rob Dixon
ESS: Pat Dirocco, Chair
Physical Education, Teaching certificate: Jim Batesky
Grad: Phy Ed Teaching option and Adaptive Phy Ed: Jeff Steffen
Programs with 7 year cycle, ie non-Accredited:
Psychology (UG) Betsy Morgan
Comparison of the External Review vs. External Consultants programs was outlined. Selection of an external consultant was discussed. It was emphasized that an external consultant is not necessary but it can be of benefit to a program for review from an outside source.
Criteria for selection of an External Consultant was identified:
- Use professional societies
- Select from an institution with a similar program
- Ask a department chair of the same type program
WHO PAYS…The department is not liable, the program directors and chairs were advised to discuss the advisability of using a consultant with their Dean. The money comes from the Provost or Dean.
Programs with external accreditation were advised to use the self study submitted for the external accreditation, respond to all the UW-L Academic Program Review questions and refer to pages/sections in the external review self study. Chair McCoy stressed the importance of answering all the questions and follow the format required by the Academic Program Review process. She added that Self Studies that fail to answer the questions will be returned to the Department/program.
The format for the report was discussed, Chair McCoy outlined issues to address as the self study is written and answers provided:
Goals and Objectives:
Do they align with the goals and objectives of the department?
How is assessment done
What methods are used?..some possibilities:
Surveys of graduates, employers
Certification or competency exams
Entrance to graduate school…
Employment in field of study
What measures are used to determine program’s effectiveness
How do you do this?
What is criteria for success?
How are outcome measures used in improving program(s)
Most Common Problems Cited by APRC during review of Self Study
Adequate measures of program success not well defined or measured
Improvements made following past academic program review were not evident
Failure to include data from assessment tools
Meeting adjourned 8:40 a.m.
Following the meeting the APRC members present discussed the status of the programs yet to submit self studies.
Sociology/Archeology report will be written by Carla Graham with target date for presentation to Faculty Senate of April 11th and alternate date April 24th. Carol McCoy said Dean Magerus indicated he was attempting to obtain consultants for English and Philosophy. At this date, the committee felt they would not receive the reports this year. Dean Nelson has not submitted a request for a delay for Math, although the chair of Math said he was to request it. International Studies indicated he did not think the format was appropriate for the minor. Carol felt the 2003-04 committee will have a heavy review load with the scheduled programs plus Music, Philosophy, International Studies, English, and Math added. The committee is concerned there appears to be “no teeth” to failure to submit the report.
Carol McCoy, Chair