Institutional Effectiveness

Office of Institutional Effectiveness


Academic Program Review and Planning

Academic Year 2014-15

This page contains copies of some of the materials for academic program review and planning (APR&P). For the complete and most up-to-date set of information and frequently asked questions, visit and log-in to SharePoint.

In order to meet the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association's Criteria for Accreditation, and in accordance with the University Strategic Plan, WMU must engage in a process of academic program review that demonstrates WMU's commitment to quality educational programs. This process was initiated in fall 2011 by a subcommittee of deans in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. The subcommittee drafted the APR&P procedures used throughout this process and shared these documents with the Faculty Senate councils for input and feedback.

    Intended Outcomes

    1. Intended Outcomes A suite of undergraduate and graduate programs that allow graduates of these programs to be productive in society and their careers.
    2. Provide capacity for future program additions to meet the needs of the next generation of graduates.
    3. Provide direction for as to how to enhance the current and new programs (continuous quality improvement).
    4. Provide indications as to where Academic Affairs should reinvest resources to expand and or enhance academic programs.
    5. Further integrate learning outcomes and the associated assessment to the discussion on program appropriations and quality.

The 2014-2015 Academic Program Review and Planning process has progressed to the next step as the Dean's Planning Reports are now posted for review here see Completed Dean Reports folder).

The Dean's Planning Reports are the first step in Phase II of the APR&P process. The deans were given the Observation Team Reports and, of course, the individual program self-study reports and Chair Summary comments to base their decisions. The Dean's Reports now go to the provost for consideration. The provost will begin his review of all material with the anticipated completion date of July 10th.

Academic programs not requiring Faculty Senate consideration will be given the provost's decision by July 10th. The provost will submit his recommendation for program closure or mergers to the Faculty Senate Executive Board during this time period as well. The Faculty Senate Executive Board will submit its observations back to the provost by August 1. Academic programs being considered for closure or merger will be notified of final report findings by September 1, 2015. The Faculty Senate's recommendations are forwarded to the provost for consideration, and then to the Board of Trustees for approval to implement.

Faculty are encouraged to review the reports and discuss results with academic unit chairs/directors and deans for planning purposes.

There will be no appeal process during the various stages of review. However, after the provost's recommendation, and upon request from the department chair or school director, dean, or associate provost, a limited appeal process will commence. A meeting between the provost, dean, department chair or school director, and faculty of the department will be convened to discuss any errors in information that may be relevant regarding the planning recommendation.

Page updated May 12, 2015

Self-Study Procedures and Templates

Procedures and Templates

For editable versions of the templates, please use the forms found in SharePoint.

Observation Rubric

APR&P Observation Consideration Rubric

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