Academic Program Review

The Academic Program Review (APR) process is intended to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of a credit-bearing academic program (degree, minor, or certificate) based on its activities and achievements since its last review.  APR provides Deans, Chairs and faculty the opportunity to think strategically regarding curricular offerings, research/creative activities, service contributions, and future direction. Through this process, the program identifies strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement in its curriculum and instruction; evaluates the quality of its entering students; assesses achievement of identified student learning outcomes; provides an account of faculty contributions in teaching, research/creative activities, and service; evaluates resource availability and needs; and summarizes special features or services provided by the unit. Finally, APR allows academic units, in conjunction with the university, to plan to build on existing strengths, maximize opportunities for growth, and address current challenges and areas in need of improvement, linking program review with assessment, planning, and budgeting.

Program Review Phases

1. Notification and Expectations

2. Development and Preparation of the Self-Study Report

3. Submission and Review

4. Recommendations and Plan

Academic Program Review (APR) unfolds across approximately 20 months over two academic years.  In general, the first two phases (notification and self-study preparation) occur in the first year and the last two phases (submission and action planning) occur in the second year.  The process includes engagement of faculty and the Dean of the Academic Unit for each program under review, as well as the Dean of Graduate Studies (as appropriate).  Programs that do not have external accreditation are reviewed on a five-year cycle.  The Office of the Provost will work with programs having external accreditation cycles that differ from UMKC’s five-year APR process to identify a review cycle that aligns with the accreditation cycle and capitalizes on the self-study required by the external accreditation body.

The Academic Program Review self-study reports and supporting documents for each program review cycle are available here.


UM System and HLC Requirements for Program Review

Academic Program Review, as stipulated in the Collected Rules and Regulations (see Chapter 20.035) of the University of Missouri System, occurs on a five-year cycle and summary reports are submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The summary reports are posted on the UM System Program Assessment site.

Expectations for program review are also included in the Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.  Specifically, Criterion 4.A.1. indicates that one of the ways in which an institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs is through the practice of regular program reviews.