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Academic Program Evaluation


The purpose of academic program evaluation is to enable the institution to systematically improve the quality of teaching and learning at The Citadel. Evaluation results inform planning and decision-making and provide a gauge for institutional effectiveness. In addition, program evaluation, including annual assessment and continuous improvement efforts, is a requirement to maintain the College’s regional accreditation.

7-Year Program Evaluation

The Citadel will conduct reviews of all academic units on a seven-year basis. Academic departments or schools will be responsible for conducting a self-study of the unit as a whole, along with all degree programs within the department that are not covered by specialized or professional accreditation, and reporting results to the institution. The review process typically takes 3-6 months and self-study reports are due on June 15 of the year in which the department is scheduled.

In completing the self-study, academic programs are encouraged to incorporate the elements presented below. Typically, reports are 25-30 pages in length. For questions or support, please contact Dr. Karin Roof, Director of Planning, Accreditation, and Assessment, (843)953-4871.


The following areas should be addressed in the self-study:

I. Mission:
Provide the mission of the unit in relation to The Citadel’s mission and current strategic plan.

II. Degree Programs Offered
List majors, minors, and certificate programs offered. For programs with external accreditation, provide information about the accreditation status, last site visit or review, and reaccreditation timeline.

III. External/International/Stakeholder Relationships
Describe major educational collaborations with local, state, national and international organizations and employers. Also include study abroad opportunities or other international experiences for students and/or faculty. Describe you outreach to alumni, special alumni programming, alumni involvement with the unit (e.g., evaluation of study projects, providing internships, etc.).

IV. Distance Education
Detail any current offerings via distance education and outline the unit’s future plans for growth in this area.

V. Resources
Outline the availability and adequacy of physical spaces and equipment. Provide a list of external grant funding, including but not limited to, funding source and funding amount. Provide of summary of faculty resources. List available support staff.

VI. Peer Comparison
As appropriate to your discipline, provide a comparison with 2-3 peer institutions that have similar programs in schools of similar size. This should include, but is not limited to, the number. and type of degree programs offered, number of degrees granted, number of faculty.

(a separate section for each undergraduate and graduate degree program)

BA/BS programs may be combined into a single section if the degree title is the same. Describe any differences between the programs in the Discussion of Curriculum section. Undergraduate minors and certificate programs do not have to be discussed separately, assuming they make up a subset of courses from a degree program.

I. Overview and Mission
Outline the history and development of the program, including any concentrations, tracks, or specializations that are offered. Describe the evolution of established programs, expectations for newer programs, and/or any major changes that have been made to the program. Provide the mission of the program and a brief description of how it aligns to the unit’s mission, the university’s mission and the current strategic plan.

II. Discussion of Curriculum
Discuss the curriculum: identify core courses and requirements, synthesis courses, capstone experiences, internships, and senior paper/project requirements or options. Present a summary of the frequency of course offerings. Describe major changes to the curriculum made recently or planned for the near future. Provide an analysis of how the curriculum demonstrates currency in the academic discipline and the market.

III. Size and Scope of the Program
Analyze and discuss five-year enrollment trends (including student demographics/diversity) and degrees granted; explain any major changes or significant downward or upward trends. Comment on retention of students in the program and program initiatives related to retention. Provide information on average class sizes. Outline the deployment of full-time and adjunct faculty in the program by student level.

IV. Student Success/Student Achievement
Provide data on student success metrics to include student persistence, major migration. Provide data on student satisfaction with the program, course offerings, faculty and advising. Provide a summary of students’ success upon graduating from the program in terms of graduate school acceptances and job placements. Detail the program’s advising system and its effectiveness. Wherever possible include trend data over time demonstrating a 3-5 year period.

V. Program Level Outcomes and Assessment
Provide a summative analysis of your programmatic assessments over the past three years with a lens to student learning improvement. As appropriate, discuss any variations noted in the data for online as compared to face-to-face learning and cadet students as compared to similar non-cadet populations. Attach the prior two years’ annual assessment reports, including continuous improvements made and planned.


In the final section, include proposed changes based upon the review above. As appropriate include an action plan that outline the activities, the timeline, and the resources to implement the proposed changes.

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