Comprehensive Academic Program Review (7 years)

This handbook was designed to be both a method of setting expectations for academic program review (APR) as well as a collection of resources that will be useful to you and others in your program as you go through the review process. Discussing the information found in this document with those involved in your APR process will ensure that everyone is on the same page as far as the expectations and instructions for completing APR.

In this handbook, you will find documents such as: 

  • Guidelines to assist you throughout the APR process as a whole 
  • A checklist for your APR self-study 
  • A list of data to be utilized 
  • Worksheets to guide APR meetings 
  • Information about curriculum mapping 
  • And more… 

If you have any additional questions about APR after reviewing this document, please email the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at or call the office at (251) 460-6447 for assistance.


Academic Program Review Handbook


Frequently Asked Questions

▼   What is an academic program review?
APR is a reflective study that outlines steps that can be taken to bolster a positive impact on students’ learning. It involves a comprehensive self-study as well as a report from an external reviewer.
▼   How are programs selected for academic program review?
Programs that do not have external accrediting bodies undergo APR every seven years. OIE maintains a schedule where approximately 8 programs undergo APR each year. 
▼   How long does academic program review typically take?
APR typically takes programs a little over a year to complete from start to finish. This allows programs to have plenty of time to complete all of the required steps before submission.
▼   Who should be involved in the academic program review process?
Throughout the process, it is imperative that the program faculty and staff consider perceptions from faculty, administrators (advisers, recruiters, support staff), students, alumni, and employers.
▼   What documents should be included in the final submission of the academic program review to OIE?
The final submission to OIE through Nuventive Improve’s document repository should include the completed self-study as well as the external reviewer’s report.



Schedule Table

2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Early Childhood Studies, B.S. Basic Medical Sciences, Ph.D. Anthropology, B.A. Art, B.F.A.
Geography, B.S. Biomedical Sciences, B.S. Computing, Ph.D. Criminal Justice, B.A.
Interdisciplinary Degree Program, B.S./B.A. Communication Sciences & Disorders, Ph.D. English, B.A. Dramatic Arts, B.A.
Marine Conservation and Resource Management, M.S. Computer Information Sciences, M.S. (Computer Science Concentration) English, M.A Dramatic Arts, B.F.A.
Marine Sciences, M.S. Computer Information Sciences, M.S. (Information Systems Concentration) Health Informatics, B.S. Environmental Toxicology, M.S.
Marine Sciences, Ph.D.

History, B.A. 

Instructional Design and Development, M.S. Philosophy, B.A.
Mathematics and Statistics, B.S. History, M.A. Instructional Design and Development, Ph.D.  Physics, B.S.
Mathematics, M.S. Psychology, B.A. Meteorology, B.S. Professional Health Sciences, B.S.
Political Science, B.A. Psychology, M.S. Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, B.A.    
Public Administration, M.P.A.   Sports Management and Recreation Studies, B.S.  
Speech and Hearing Sciences,  B.S.      
Sports Management, M.S.