Format for APR Self Study Report of Free-Standing Minors
(approved by Faculty Senate 4-22-04)

Note:  Free-Standing Minors are those that are not ordinarily reviewed with the major programs of a department.


I.                   Purposes

a)      Provide a statement of the department minor’s overall goals and objectives.

b)      Does the minor offer a valid, smaller version of the major or does it have its own emphasis/autonomy?

II.                Curriculum

a)      How does the minor complement/augment the student’s major?

b)      Does it offer an autonomous body of knowledge sought by graduate programs or the workforce?

c)      Give a justification for the number and type of courses in the minor.

d)      Does the minor embody contemporary curricular issues as well as the major?

e)      Is there sufficient expertise in the department, enough faculty, and adequate infrastructure to make the minor rigorous?

f)       Does the department work actively with other departments to make the minor relevant?

g)   Does the department work actively with other departments to deliver the minor in a manner that is relevant to other programs?

III.             Degree of Program Success

a)      Describe the extent to which the minor is meeting its goals and objectives.

b)      Explain what measurements are used to determine how well the goals and objectives are being met.

c)      How does the department attract students to its minor?

d)      Identify and describe the single most significant strength of the minor.

e)      Identify and describe the single area requiring the most significant improvement.  Discuss your plans for accomplishing this improvement

IV.              Previous Academic Program Review

a)      Describe the actions that were taken in response to the recommendations of the most recent previous Academic Program Review, and the results of those actions.

b)      Note any continuing concerns related to your minor’s ability to achieve its goals.

V.                 Personnel 

Please describe professional development opportunities and any special expectations for faculty members teaching in the minor.

VI.              Support for Achieving Academic Goals

Describe the impact each of the following has on your ability to achieve program goals.

a)      Physical facilities

b)      Supplies and equipment

c)      Personnel

d)      External funding

e)      Library resources

VII.           Appendices

a)      Unit Data sheets(provided by UWL Institutional Research Office)

b)      Most recent previous Academic Program Review Committee report on the minor

c)      Department’s Annual Report from each of the previous three years

d)      Assessment instruments, surveys, plans, etc.(particularly those cited in section III of this self study report

e)      Any other important departmental documents cited in earlier sections of this self study report.