Sixteen units undergo program review this year
Economics Professor William Rogerson serves as chair in third year of third review cycle
Program review, now in its 17th year, is underway with an ambitious schedule of reviews slated to take place this year. Sixteen units will undergo program review during the 2002-03 year. This year marks the third year of the third cycle of reviews.
Initiated in 1985, Program Review is a mechanism for the systematic review and evaluation of all academic and administrative units of the University. The overall purpose of program review has remained unchanged since its inception. Reviews are conducted to assess program quality and effectiveness and to stimulate program planning and improvement. Program review provides a systematic opportunity for all members of an administrative or academic unit to engage in thoughtful self-reflection about the unit’s mission, challenges, emerging opportunities, and to refine its strategic course in light of these.
With input from the Program Review Council subcommittees and external reviewers, the central administration has relied upon and successfully used program review as a key mechanism for identifying and aiding problematic units and for ensuring that excellent units can sustain their high level of performance and improve. Results of the program reviews are shared with members of the University’s senior and line administration and Board of Trustees, but are otherwise kept confidential within the respective units.
Since 1985, nearly 400 faculty and administrators have participated in the process as members of program review subcommittees, with some serving more than once, and 420 leading experts in their respective fields have visited campus from other universities and outside organizations to serve as external reviewers.
Program Review is overseen by the Program Review Council, an appointed steering committee composed of senior faculty and administrators who each serve a three-year term and also serve as chairs of the individual review subcommittees. The Council is appointed based upon a slate of potential members recommended by the GFC Committee on Committees, the deans and other administrative officers. The Program Review Council is representative of the various disciplinary and administrative interests within the University, but not all units in any single year are represented. Individual subcommittee members are appointed for one year for the specific review on which they are asked to serve.
Each year, a member of the Council is also appointed to serve as chair.
William P. Rogerson, professor of economics and director of Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences, chairs the Program Review Council for the 2002-03 year. Marilyn McCoy, vice president for administration and planning, serves as vice chair of the Council. Mai Lin P. Noffke, director of Program Review, oversees and coordinates the program review process.
The areas to be reviewed and the Program Review Council members and their subcommittee assignments are:
Chemistry and Center for Catalysis and Surface Science
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office of the Senior Vice President for Business and Finance