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Academic Program Review

Programs without specialized accreditation to assess student learning outcomes go through a comprehensive academic program review (APR) every seven years.

The multi-semester evaluation is required for continuing accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

APR also gives faculty the opportunity to review, assess and strengthen degree programs, and improve student learning by evaluating each program’s:

  • Mission.
  • Strengths.
  • Challenges.
  • Opportunities.
  • Priorities.
  • Student-learning outcomes.

Faculty use a variety of data sources to identify new unit and program goals and to develop action plans.

Mason faculty and members of the Provost’s Office review self-study reports, provide feedback, and make recommendations to strengthen and improve programs.

After the review, units meet with their dean and Provost’s Office staff to discuss the findings, as well as plans to fulfill APR requirements.

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) oversees the APR process and publishes an APR Guide with detailed information to units starting the APR process.

For more information, contact OIRA or Dr. Shannon Nix, Associate Director of Institutional Assessment at 703-993-8616.