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.

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.

As a result of a thorough review, academic units can realize several benefits, such as:

  • the clarification of program goals, strengths, and weaknesses;
  • the evaluation of the quality of the unit’s academic programs;
  • the review and possible revision of objectives for the teaching, research and service missions of the academic program for future attainment of the University, college and departmental strategic goals; and
  • development of a source of information to guide decisions on future priorities and available resources.

The Academic Program Review process consists of three components: the Internal Program Review, External Review Report, and Institutional Response Report. This review satisfies requirements for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and UT Systems which is completed every ten years.