Academic Program Review
The systematic and recurring review of academic programs at Boston University is an essential element of the University’s ongoing effort to promote critical reflection, self-assessment, and strategic planning.
Reviews engage input from distinguished faculty with the relevant disciplinary expertise at other leading institutions in order to obtain an honest appraisal of an academic unit’s strengths and weaknesses in all aspects of its activities. The information that is gathered as part of the review process helps to foster academic excellence within the unit, identify methods to increase quality, and provide critical guidance for administrative decisions.
The goals of academic program review at Boston University are:
- Critical self-assessment and articulation of future directions by the faculty and leadership of an academic unit.
- Expert assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of an academic unit by specialists in the field from outside Boston University who can evaluate the program’s overall quality including its faculty, academic programs, students, curricula, and resources.
- Assessment of a unit’s future potential and identification of priorities for making improvements in quality and stature.
- Agreement at the levels of the faculty, dean, and Provost on the priorities, action items, and a timeline for implementation necessary to build excellence in an academic unit.
Approximately 6–8 separate reviews of academic programs will be conducted each year and will typically follow a timetable that allows the entire review process to be completed within 12 months.
The Office of the Provost funds and manages the review process, led by the Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives, working in close collaboration with the academic and administrative leadership of units under review.
The complete guidelines are also available as a PDF: APR Guidelines.