Periodic program reviews are a helpful mechanism to ensure the health of all academic and cocurricular programs. Such reviews require programs to define their goals and provide evidence of their success. The involvement of an independent reviewer, whether from outside or inside the University, will provide a broader context for the self-review as well as support for resources needed by a disciplinary or interdisciplinary program. In addition to the written reports submitted annually, we will allocate additional resources to conduct periodic in-depth reviews on an appropriate cycle to ensure that all programs are evaluated regularly under these enhanced guidelines. Our intention is to incorporate the results from such reviews in future decision making.
Since the adoption of the Trinity Tomorrow Strategic Plan, the University has taken steps to enhance program assessment and review. The following steps were taken during the 2017 – 2018 academic year:
Periodic academic program review provides several benefits to a University: By taking stock of a program and planning for the future, departments and interdisciplinary programs are better positioned to set collective priorities and develop action plans that ensure student success. So, in spring 2019, Academic Affairs appointed a task force to develop guidelines for departments and interdisciplinary program assessment.
Working with the support of the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, the University will implement a program review cycle in Fall 2019. The task force determined that program reviews will:
By implementing this important process and ensuring that all academic departments and interdisciplinary majors are reviewed once every five years, Trinity University stands to benefit considerably. “By welcoming the fresh perspectives of external reviewers, Trinity’s excellent academic programs will be better able to identify their strengths and to remain ready to face future challenges,” says Deneese L. Jones, vice president for Academic Affairs. “We only stand to get better.”