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Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Academic Program Review

The University of Texas at San Antonio considers the periodic review of each of its academic programs essential to promote and maintain excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs. Quality programs result from careful, collaborative self-study and reflection by the faculty in each of the disciplines and appropriate stewardship by university administrators.

Academic program review (APR) is a comprehensive process, in which departments engage in a methodical evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of degree programs; determine the degree to which departmental, college, and university goals and objectives are aligned; and summarize the assessment of educational outcomes.

External reviewer site visits will be held during fall and spring semesters. Programs are assigned to one of two review timelines based on when the site visit is scheduled (See Program Review Schedule). A timeline for when tasks for each review schedule should be completed is provided here: Program Review Timeline–Fall Site Visit; Program Review Timeline–Spring Site Visit.

Additional resources and forms are available on the Resources and Templates page.

Key dates of Program Review

FALL SITE
VISIT
SPRING SITE VISIT EVENT
Mid-January Mid-September Program review orientation meeting
March 15 November 15 Department nominates external reviewers
March 30 November 30 Dean selects external reviewers
May 15 January 15 Preliminary self-study submitted
30 days prior
to visit
30 days prior
to visit
Final self-study submitted
Before April 30 Before
November 15
Site visit
Within 30 days Within 30 days Review team report received
Within 30 days Within 30 days Responses by department and deans
Within 90 days Within 90 days Provost forwards final response to review
One year later One year later Follow-up meeting to review progress

Programs under review 2013–2014

Fall 2013

• Biology
• Chemistry
• Mathematics
• Physics & Astronomy

Spring 2014

• Computer Science
• Criminal Justice
• Environmental Science
• Geology