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Academic Program Review Impact

Academic Program Review


The primary purpose of an academic program review (APR) is to evaluate the educational quality, viability and responsiveness of an academic program. The insights gained from program reviews help make informed decisions about program actions, resource allocation, and strategic planning.

The Fairmont State program review process provides each academic unit the opportunity to engage in a continuous improvement process - systematically examining strengths, deficiencies against strategic goals over time, and allows the university to:

  • Identify areas for program improvement and development
  • Evaluate program’s ability to respond to current needs, future challenges, and opportunities
  • Promote strategic planning and goals setting within and across departments
  • Identify potential opportunities to redirect existing resources, and/or generate and use incremental resources
  • Ensure educational quality to relevant stakeholders (e.g., parents, students, alumni, HLC).

Program Review Management Team

The Academic Program Review (APR) Management Team is available to help throughout the APR process.  Contact information and APR specialties are listed below.

Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs

For general APR questions and tips on self-study reports, start with the Provost’s Office.

Dr. Dianna Phillips

Provost & VP of Academic Affairs

Dr. Susan Ross

Associate Provost of Academic Affairs; Dean, Graduate Studies

Emily Swain

Special Assistant to the Provost & Taskstream Coordinator

Trish DeNoon

Coordinator of Academic Affairs

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Consult with personnel about program assessment and student learning outcomes.

Frank LaFone

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Program Review Orientation

  • The training will cover the purpose of reviews, the review process and timeline, data dashboard, evaluated components, and more.
  • Training is appropriate for Deans, Chairs, and appropriate faculty/program coordinators.
  • Training takes place in April of each year or by Department request.