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Program Review and Assessment

  • Academic Program Review Policy
    The Academic Program Review (APR) process is intended to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of an academic program (degree, minor, or certificate) based on its activities and achievements since its last review and the opportunity for faculty to think strategically regarding the program’s 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 the 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, the APR allows the programs and the 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.
  • Specialized Accreditation Policy
    A number of UMKC’s academic programs and units seek specialized accreditation, also known as programmatic accreditation. Specialized accreditation provides verification that a program or unit within the university meets specific professional or disciplinary standards of quality. The specialized accreditation process typically involves providing evidence that the program or unit meets those standards and a peer‐review process to verify the standards are met. Conferral of accreditation demonstrates that the program or unit successfully prepares students for advancement in the field. The Office of the Provost maintains a directory of specialized accreditations held by UMKC’s academic programs and units (https://info.umkc.edu/accreditation/specialized/).