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Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness

  Academic Program Review & Self-Study



Spelman College reviews each instructional unit (department, program, center) every five to seven years, in accordance with guidelines that the College has established in collaboration with the Faculty Council. The academic review process provides an opportunity for each unit to reflect, self-assess, and plan with the goal of creating optimal learning experiences for students and exceptional environments for faculty and staff to thrive. When done effectively, the program review process not only supports continuity in long-term program planning but also supports the institution’s strategic and operational planning process.

The first review for new academic programs (i.e., degrees/majors and minors) is required five years after implementation. The date for the five-year review is set at the time of initial program approval and implementation. After the initial five-year review, continuing academic programs must complete a program review at least once every five to seven years.



The central question addressed in the review is whether the department, program, or center is fulfilling its evolving goals—in the context of the mission and goals of the College. The focus is on teaching effectiveness, continuous enhancement of student learning, and ongoing faculty development.  As important, the program review process provides the department, program, or center an opportunity to address any areas needing improvement and support. The most useful program reviews are reflective, self-critical, and visionary, providing recommendations to improve operations that are reviewed and implemented when appropriate and feasible. The more effective program review processes also recognize the timeliness of the process and recognize that delays impact overall program planning, assessment and advocacy opportunities.

The objective of the program review is to answer three questions:

  1. How well are we meeting our goals?

  2. What evidence shows that we are meeting our goals?

  3. How might we improve what we do?

Who Participates in Academic Program Review

  • Curriculum Committee 
  • Students
  • Staff
  • External Review Team 
  • Program Faculty  
  • Department/Program Chair or Director
  • Division Chair 
  • Office of the Provost 

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Spelman College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Spelman College.