Components of the Review Process
Reviews of academic programs ensure that the Berkeley standard of excellence is maintained and that schools, colleges, and departments have an opportunity to plan strategically for the future. Program reviews are overseen by the Program Review Oversight Committee (PROC) whose members include faculty, representatives of Academic Senate committees, and top campus administrators. The reviews are coordinated by the Division of Academic & Space Planning (ASP). Reviews take place over an 18-month period, with frequent interaction between PROC, the SAFP staff, and the units under review.
Academic program reviews are designed to elicit input from faculty, students and staff of the unit under review. Each unit undertakes a self-study, assessing its intellectual agenda, its programmatic goals and resources, and identifying critical challenges and opportunities facing it. The unit is supported in this effort by data provided by the Office of Planning and Analysis. A key component of the process is the visit of a carefully selected External Review Committee, accompanied by a Senate Liaison. That committee writes a report based on its interviews with faculty, students, and staff and relevant review documents provided by the Division of ASP. The unit has the opportunity to respond to the report of that committee and the Senate Liaison. Subsequently, all review documents are submitted to the Academic Senate for response by the committees and the Divisional Council. Reviews culminate in an outcome letter that delineates action items for units, deans, and central administrators. Follow-up is monitored by the Division of Strategic Academic & Facilities Planning. Senate reports are distributed to units after the review.
Summary of the Process
- Preparation of the Self-Study by the unit under review, with attention to
- Preparation of the Summary of Central Data by the Office of Planning & Analysis
- Visit of the External Review Committee (ERC) and writing of its report
- Writing of the Senate Liaison’s (SL) report
- Unit’s response to reports from the ERC and SL
- Report from the College of Letters and Sciences Executive Committee representative (if appropriate)
- Response of the Divisional Council to all review documents, including the reports submitted by each of the five participating Senate committees (BC, CAPRA, CEP, DECC, GC)
- Culmination letter written by PROC and sent to the unit, delineating PROC’s expections for additional strategic planning and follow-up activities by the unit