Agenda Item No. V. B. 1.
Washburn University Board of Regents
SUBJECT: Summary of Program Review activities during Academic Year 2001-2002
DESCRIPTION: See attached.
RECOMMENDATION: Board of Regents information item.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President
November 18, 2002
For the past ten years, Washburn University departments have engaged in a process of self-study and peer review known as "program review." Developed a decade ago, program review provides the opportunity for every program to evaluate itself and to be evaluated by others on a regular basis. Part introspection and part peer review, Washburn's program review process is an important component of the University's administrative processes.
Every department (academic and administrative) is reviewed on a five-year cycle. Departments that are being reviewed in a given year begin by conducting an internal self-study, looking at mission, goals and objectives, outcomes, strengths and weaknesses, and then suggest plans for improvement over the next five years. This self-study is presented as a report to the Program Review Committee, which is co-chaired by the VPAA and the VPAT, has a campus-wide representative membership of faculty and staff. The committee reviews the self-study documents, interviews the departments, then prepares a summary report for each department under review. The committee's report includes a rating of the program and recommendations for future action.
Copies of the Program Review Committee's summary reports are attached to this document. Copies of the program self-studies are on file in the Academic Affairs Office.
Departments Reviewed in AY2001-2002
One academic department and 8 administrative areas where reviewed in the last academic year. These include:
Student Activities & Greek Life
Washburn Police and Campus Safety
English Department (3-year progress report)
Summary of Ratings
Programs may be rated as "outstanding," "operating at an acceptable level," "low," or "significant problems,". In the "grading scale" of the program review process, operating at an acceptable level means that the department is meeting its goals and objectives. In other words, "acceptable" is a good grade. Only programs that are demonstrated to be truly exceptional are given outstanding ratings.
Of the 9 departments reviewed in AY2001-2002, 7 were evaluated to be operating at an acceptable level, and two departments were not given ratings - English and the Business Office. Since the English Department was simply providing a progress report on recommendations made in their previous program review, the PRC did not assign an overall program rating. They did remark that the department was making satisfactory progress towards address the questions, concerns and suggestions made in the 1999 PRC report. The PRC did not feel that the Business Office supplied adequate information for an evaluation and requested that this unit report back in two years when the effects of the new Banner system should be more evident. No outstanding ratings were given, and no departments were found to have significant problems.
Summary of Recommended Actions
The most common recommendation for academic departments was to continue to develop outcome assessments for student learning. Some academic departments were asked to review programmatic activities relative to staffing needs in more detail. Several administrative areas must also monitor staffing needs and activities as impacted by the Living Learning Center. The department receiving a "low" rating was provided an action plan for improvement.
The current academic year marks the completion of the second five-year cycle. Program review is an essential activity for the campus, as it requires of each area a time of introspection, and provides all areas with a better understanding of the mission, goals and objectives of each area.
Wanda Hill, VPAT, co-chair
Ron Wasserstein, VPAA, co-chair
Denise Ottinger, VPSL
Steve Cann, Professor, Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Barbara Clark, Associate Dean/Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Shiao-Li Ding, Associate Professor, Music, College of Arts and Sciences
Jan Guise, Coordinator of Reference and Instruction, Mabee Library
Chris Leach, Budget Director
Rita Moore, Assistant Professor, Education, College of Arts and Sciences
Pat Munzer, Chair, Allied Health/Association Professor, School of Applied Studies
Bill Roach, Professor, School of Business
Harold Rood, Professor, Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
David Ryan, Professor, School of LawCecil Schmidt, Associate Professor, Computer Information Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences