EXHIBIT 48 Guidelines for Preparing a Departmental 5 Year Review FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM REVIEW Periodic program review is a best practice in American higher education that involves stakeholders in the continuous improvement of existing academic and academic-and-student- support programs. Such review includes an analysis of past performance that is used to provide information regarding present and future directions and decision-making. The review process must be integrated with strategic-planning and budgeting processes, with regional and specialized accreditation processes, and with student-learning outcomes assessment. [From Board of Governors’ Policy 1986-04-A] Guidelines for Program Review These guidelines are intended to provide a template for academic department self studies. They only apply to those departments and programs that are required to participate in five year reviews. Programs that are accredited by recognized professional accreditation agencies are not required to participate in five year reviews. Departmental Organization 1. Assess the functionality of the overall structure of the department and identify areas with potential for improvement. This analysis should include the following: • Number of faculty • Basic department requirements for hiring, tenure, and promotion • Department’s role within the college • Departmental academic policies • Achievement of departmental goals and objectives • Departmental cooperation/interaction/collaboration with external entities such as other University departments, State System Universities, and external groups • Appropriateness of staffing 2. Identify goals set during the last program review and the progress accomplished in meeting those goals. 3. Prepare an environmental scan including but not limited to the following topics: • Changing student characteristics • Impact of technology • State and federal statutes and other decisions affecting the program • Continuing need for the program • Currency of curriculum Program Learning Outcomes Assessment 1. Identify and assess learning goals and outcome assessment processes. Attach relevant documents such as assessment instruments, scoring rubrics, and summary outcome results. 2. Identify and assess the extent to which outcomes analyses are used to improve programs. 3. Include a summary of the Outcomes Assessment Plan from the Department Plan. Professional Accreditation Assess future accreditation plans for the department, including resource needs. Faculty 1. Assess faculty diversity including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, expertise, experience, relevant credentials and background. 2. Identify faculty achievements. 3. Evaluate the level of research/scholarly productivity within the department, including but not limited to the following items: • Publications of refereed scholarly articles, monographs, books, or presentations of original works • Papers presented at professional societies • Participation in juried, invitational or other shows • Offices held in professional organizations • Editorships of professional publications • Professional awards and honors • Applications for grants and grant acquisitions 4. Discuss the appropriateness of the areas of expertise represented in the department. 5. Discuss/describe faculty evaluation processes and procedures. Curriculum 1. Identify and evaluate the adequacy of program degree completion requirements for departmental majors, minors, and career concentrations (as applicable) in terms of semester hours, prerequisites, area distributions, and any special requirements such as competency tests. 2. Identify and discuss the participation of other groups such as advisory boards, students, and alumni in developing departmental curricula. Instruction 1. Identify and discuss creative/innovative teaching strategies developed within the department. 2. Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of program course offerings in terms of required and elective courses, prerequisites, and course descriptions. 3. Identify methods of instruction used including the use of technology. Attach Technology Infusion chart. 4. Identify and evaluate the extent to which evaluation of instruction, including peer observations, chair observations, and student evaluations related to instruction, is used to improve the delivery of the curriculum. Program Statistics Identify program demand, enrollment trends, student credit-hour generation, average course enrollments, and cost per student using information supplied by the Office of Institutional Research. Students 1. Identify student achievements such as awards, presentations and publications. 2. Assess program outcomes via appropriate means such as the following: • Test scores from standardized testing administered to a sampling or population of program students • Retention data • Four-and-six-year graduation rates • Graduate/professional school placements • Employment rates • Employer assessments 3. Identify student recruitment and retention strategies utilized by the department. 4. Discuss student diversity including gender, ethnicity, special needs, or other factors. Assess the department’s effectiveness in serving students with special needs. Assess the department’s effectiveness in serving students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. 5. Discuss student recognition activities undertaken by the department. 6. Identify and discuss student satisfaction, including methods of assessment, summary outcomes, and actions taken in response to student satisfaction feedback. 7. Identify and discuss student involvement in departmental activities such as the following: • Program development • Policy and procedure development • Search and screen activities 8. Discuss the process of departmental academic advising and assess its effectiveness. 9. Discuss career advisement activities undertaken by the department. 10. Discuss career opportunities and internship opportunities undertaken by the department. Resources Evaluate the adequacy of resources, including the following: • Annual budget • Physical facilities • Human (staff and faculty • Library and other learning resources • Computer and other educational technologies Service 1. Evaluate the department’s service activities, including but not limited to the following: • Faculty committee assignments • Faculty professional service activities • Faculty participation in local and regional community activities • Participation of the department in service to the college and University 2. Identify and evaluate student service activities that are carried out under the auspices of the department. Strategic Planning Evaluate the planning process in the department and attach a summary of the Department Strategic Plan). External Reviewer Recommendations Provide a detailed response to each of the external reviewer recommendations from the previous Five Year Review.