Process Development

Academic Departmental Program Review Overview and Website

  • Academic Departmental Program Review (ADPR) work to date, acknowledging ADPR planning group from 2007
    • Fall 2010:  a metrics group formed to consider options for NMSU
  • Peer Institution Research: Overview and metrics of program review at NMSU’s peer institutions
  • ADPR Working Group: Requested to provide input into development of the process.
    • Process as drafted: NMSU’s process will operate on a seven-year cycle with the one-year, self study program review performed at the departmental level.
    • Metrics for ADPR: these will be considered by the working group.
    • Annual data review: Information will be provided to departments as part of their review.
    • ADPR process might be piloted in fall 2011 and that the new process implemented in 2012.

Role of ADPR Working Group

  • Process needs to be transparent
    • Faculty involvement is essential, as is conveying to the university community how the results of the program review will be used.
    • President and Provost were encouraged to attend each college’s fall convocation.
    • Other issues: accreditation and strategic planning  measures might not relate to ADPR.

Next Steps

  • Recommendation: fully engage the academic community, develop the process, coordinate with departmental accreditation, and provide adequate lead time for pilot implementation.
  • Completed pilot reviews by May 2012.

Through the engagement and guidance of NMSU’s College Deans, a systemic annual review process is being considered to inform academic budgeting and resource allocation decisions. A group of academic department chairs has recommended a process with three components: program metrics, a program summary, and an annual review. The proposed process will undergo further scrutiny during the Fall of 2013.