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What is Program Review?

Mānoa’s academic program review process includes a self-review conducted by the academic department housing the program, as well as an executive summary from the dean of the college. These self-studies follow established guidelines set forth by Executive Policies E5.201: “Approval of New Academic Programs and Review of Provisional Academic Programs”, and E5.202: “Review of Established Programs.”

Program review at Mānoa reveals strengths and challenges and ensures program effectiveness with respect to the discipline, university policy, and external accreditation standards. In order to evaluate each program within its context, Mānoa now reviews all academic programs in a college concurrently, taking into consideration the overarching administrative and support structure of the college.

A review team composed of campus and community experts reviews the self-study documents, relevant data and reports, and examines the academic programs with regard to conformance with the disciplines and academic rigor, as well as relevance to the needs of the workforce and community.

The review team presents its findings to the Provost, Vice Provost for Academic Excellence, Dean of Graduate Division, Dean of the school/college, and department chairs, faculty, and staff of the units reviewed. These reviews and recommendations form the basis for administrative decisions and strategic structural and programmatic actions affecting the program and the school/college. The dean and department chairs submit one- and three- year progress reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Excellence and the Provost to provide an update on their work to implement the recommendations of the final report.


Deans Executive Summary Outline

Academic Department: Self-Study Template and Required Elements (Download MS Word format)

Single Degree Program: Self-Study Template and Required Elements (Download MS Word format)

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