Academic Program Review

To meet requirements University System of Georgia (USG) Policy 3.6.3 Comprehensive Program Review, as well as SACSCOC expectation for continuous improvement of academic programs, all academic programs at the University are reviewed on a seven-year cycle under the Academic Program Review Process.

Program Review Cycle
UGA Program Review Guidelines

Program reviews are comprehensive and forward-looking, guiding the future development of individual programs and the units that offer those programs. They incorporate and build on related, ongoing processes such as annual reporting, learning outcomes assessment, strategic planning, and external accreditation review.

Central elements of the program review process include a thorough self-study by the unit under review; an evaluation by a team of faculty external to the unit, which leads to a report with recommendations that inform program and unit decision-making; and follow-up with administrators responsible for the unit. 

Administration of Academic Program Reviews is a partnership between the faculty Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC) and the Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness. In general, PRAC is responsible for the content and recommendations of the reviews; the Office of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness coordinates the process and reports results to the USG as required.