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Action Plan

Within 2 weeks of the site visit, the External Reviewers present a report to the Office of Strategy and Educational Effectiveness (SEE), Program Chair, Dean and Provost containing their commendations and recommendations for the program.

The final step in the program review process: the academic unit drafts a 5-year Action Plan for the program. The Action Plan:

  • May include a brief introduction or overview
  • Quotes each recommendation from the external review report
  • May include recommendations from the program or other sources
  • Provides concrete responses to each recommendation, including rationale for not acting on recommendations of external reviewers
  • Briefly specifies action(s) the program/department will take
  • Cites supporting evidence and rationale for each action item
  • Specifies who will be responsible for implementing each action and when the action will start and complete
  • Identifies the measures that will indicate whether an action has been successful

Once drafted, the program Chair meets with the Dean and Provost to discuss proposed responses.  The final action plan must be approved by the Dean and Provost. Budget allocations proposed by the academic unit must be reviewed and approved by the Dean and the Provost. Once approved, the Action Plan is forwarded to SEE.  SEE sends the Action Plan to the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) as that committee's charge includes review of action plans and mid-cycle program reviews.  Mid-cycle progress reports will be reviewed by the IEC approximately 3 years after the Program Review.

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