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Program Review Policy
The program review process must be followed for all existing programs per Board Policy 3.36, Part 7, of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. The process is intended to ensure that Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College maintains high quality academic programs that serve the needs of the community and students. MnSCU policy states, “The college or university shall use results of the review for improvement of academic programming.” Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s model of program review is intended to be responsive to the changing needs of the campus, its students and faculty, and the communities served by the college and its programs. Program review will be completed on a rotational basis with participating programs annually determined by the Faculty Association and administration at the beginning of each academic year.
All FDLTCC programs will be expected to address the criteria outlined below. The program or proposed program must satisfy the review criteria to be considered a viable program.
Program Review Criteria include:
- The program will demonstrate consistency with the mission of FDLTCC.
- The program will demonstrate that it is meeting its own mission and goals.
- The program will demonstrate assessment of student academic achievement consistent with its goals and outcomes and with FDLTCC’s assessment processes. Performance measures include the program’s goals and outcomes, student success measures (retention, transfer, and completion), job placement if applicable, and performance rates on mandatory professional competency assessment, if applicable. The program is encouraged to submit additional performance data as it deems appropriate for the review.
- The program will address the resources and benefits, financial and otherwise, that it brings to the college, including, but not limited to, student academic success, enrollment, affiliations that are beneficial to the college and its students, and professional expertise of the program’s faculty.
- The program will satisfy all applicable requirements of state and federal law and applicable requirements of Board Policy 3.36, Part 7, of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (available at http://www.mnscu.edu/board/policy/336.html).
Steps in the Program Review Process:
- Program personnel provide the vice president of academic affairs with completed program review forms for distribution to review committee and, if appropriate, suggest an outside evaluator.
- If an outside evaluator is suggested, the vice president of academic affairs consults with and provides the outside evaluator with the program’s completed forms.
- Program personnel meet with the review committee, and if applicable, the outside evaluator presents findings to the review committee.
- Review committee submits written recommendations and findings of outside evaluator to program personnel.
- Program personnel submit response to findings and an action plan to review committee, which will forward recommendations to the vice president of affairs.
- If necessary, additional meetings with the review committee are held. If not necessary, the final report is filed in the vice president of academic affairs office.