Visit of the External Review Committee
To achieve the primary goal of the academic program review — a rigorous, objective, intellectually up-to-date examination of the unit and all its practices in support of strategic planning for the future — PROC, in consultation with the unit under review and the cognizant college or school dean, assembles an External Reviewer Committee (ERC) composed of three to five scholars (or more, depending on the size of the unit and the range of its subdisciplines) from a mix of private and public peer universities. We also strive to ensure that the committee is diverse with respect to gender, ethnic, and racial aspects.
Over two or three days on campus, the ERC, accompanied by an appointed Senate Liaison, meet with the unit’s faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff, as well as campus administrators. (For a sample template for the ERC’s visit with the unit, see the Program Review Guide’s Appendix VI.)
The External Review Committee has a one-hour exit interview with the PROC and the cognizant college or school dean (in the case of professional school reviews, the Vice Provost for the Faculty acts as the cognizant dean).
Prior to their departure, members of the External Review Committee prepare a joint report summarizing their strategic assessment of the challenges and opportunities confronting the unit and addressing the issues raised in its charge letter. The report of the External Review Committee is delivered to the Vice Provost for Academic & Space Planning at the end of the visit.