Academic departments are scheduled to complete the process every five to seven years, in accordance with the Colorado State Faculty & Administrative Professional Manual (section C.126.96.36.199.d) which requires evaluations of academic programs and departmental operations. Departments spend one semester writing an introspective self-study that is, in the following semester, reviewed by the University Review Committee (URC). The URC membership is comprised of representatives from across administration and also includes multiple faculty of the department’s choosing. The role of the URC is to provide feedback to the department on their self-study and plans for continuous improvement.
The program review schedule is sent to the Board of Governors each year. The Program Review Schedule for AY20-21 was provided but the process has been postponed until FY22 due to COVID-19. Previous year’s schedules are available upon request.
Executive summaries are also provided to the Board of Governors each year and are available upon request.
Action plans for academic departments, in accordance with the Colorado State Faculty & Administrative Professional Manual (section C.188.8.131.52.d), are initially documented (and updated) in the program review and connect to the departmental vision as stated in their code and also connect to the strategic plans of the college and institution. That connection is made explicitly and the initiatives stated in the action plan are reviewed regularly to assess progress.
The enterprise system in which the program review and planning processes are documented is hosted by Campus Labs. The Compliance Assist Module is used for program review and the Planning Module organizes and connects the departmental action plans with college and institutional strategic planning.