Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Academic Program Review

The purpose of Academic Program Review (APR) is to assess each program’s health through evidence-based inquiry and analyses, with the findings documented in a comprehensive report and action plan.  The focus of APR is on program improvement, sustainability and accountability.  APR is coordinated through the Office of the Provost and Vice President Academic and follows guidelines set out in TRU policy ED 8-4 Program Review.

 APR answers four basic questions
  1. What does your Program do well (strengths)?
  2. What does your Program need to improve (opportunities for improvement)?
  3. Where does the Program want to be in 5-7 years (goals and objectives)?
  4. How is the Program going to get there (action planning)?
 The TRU evidence-based APR process comprises several steps
  • Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (IPE) develops a data report (as required).
  • Program faculty complete a facilitated SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) workshop. The results are reviewed and revised by faculty.
  • Program faculty collegially develop a Program Self-Study Report using the TRU template.
  • Program faculy complete an online survey. The responses are compiled into a report and shared with all faculty members.
  • Current program students complete an online survey. The responses are compiled into a report and shared with all faculty members.
  • The program is reviewed by an external team of reviewers. The External Review Team is nominated by the Dean, then reviewed and approved by the Provost and Vice-President Academic.The external reviewers produce a written report and recommendations.
  • A Final Report, including an Action Plan, is written based on a review of all of the materials collected for the APR. The Final Report is reviewed and approved by the Dean, then reviewed and approved by the Provost and Vice-President Academic. The Final Report is shared with the Academic Planning and Priorities Committee (APPC) of Senate and Senate.
  • Ongoing monitoring of the Action Plan guides program improvements for subsequent years.
 Resources

For resources and templates to guide the APR process, documents for internal use are housed on the Academic Program Review OneTRU site.

For more information contact the TRU Academic Program Review Office c/o Gary Bunney, Program Review Officer at (250) 377-6185 or gbunney@tru.ca