Georgia Highlands College

Comprehensive Program Review Policy

Approved by Instructional Council: 12-15-09

Georgia Highlands College’s (GHC) Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) is a response to the University System of Georgia’s (USG) Program Review Task Force Final Report (September 2008). It will examine the viability, productivity and quality of programs at GHC through an examination and identification of the strengths and weaknesses of the program, the connectivity of the program to the mission of the college, the outcomes assessment taking place within the program, the cost effectiveness of the program, and the long-term viability of the program.

CPR will consist of an internal review process and, when applicable, an external review process. The internal review will be led by the appropriate academic dean or the Vice President for Academic Affairs, with support from the faculty who teach within the program. The review will address both academic and budgetary issues of the program. The following factors will be explored for each program:

  1. Mission

  2. Student data

  3. Faculty data

  4. Facilities and equipment

  5. Student learning outcomes assessment and curriculum

  6. Related service activities

  7. External benchmarks and reviews if applicable

At GHC, CPR will examine the following programs: the Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, the Associate of Science in Human Services, the Associate of Science in Nursing, Associate of Arts degree, and Associate of Sciences degree.

Each program will be evaluated within a seven-year time frame, unless the program is triggered for review by the USG (in which case the schedule may be amended by the GHC Instructional Council).

The report will be at most ten pages with an accompanying abstract of no more than 1500 words. The report will address the seven factors above and will include a summary statement on the quality, vitality and productivity of the program. Any recommendations regarding the program should be linked to the data in the report. The report will be presented to the Vice President for Academic Affairs by April 1st of the designated year, who will then, if necessary, in conjunction with the Instructional Council, prepare a plan of action to remediate any weaknesses indicated by the CPR. These recommendations will be reviewed by the President’s Cabinet. The academic dean responsible for the program (or Vice President for Academic Affairs in the case of the General Education review) will be charged with implementation of the recommendations and will report progress within three months.

CPR should include information about the following components:

Mission – program mission, relation to institutional mission, relation to USG mission, needs of students, demand for graduates

Student data – number applying versus number accepted, % of graduates, number and % passing licensure exams, diversity of student population, GPA at point of entry, credit hours generated, course enrollment, student satisfaction results, attrition rate

Faculty data – number of full-time and part-time faculty, cost, student/faculty ratio, average class size, diversity of faculty, faculty credentials, professional development of faculty, faculty production

Facilities and equipment – space available for learning environment, cost, identification of equipment necessary, indication of campus infrastructure to support facilities and program, indication of adequate library support to meet demands of the program

Student learning outcomes assessment and curriculum – learning outcomes and assessment results, link to relevancy of program outcome, course sequencing and frequency, enrollment patterns

Related service activities – advising, tutoring, internships, service learning, career planning and placement

External benchmarks and reviews if applicable – American Dental Association, Georgia Board of Nursing, National League of Nursing, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools



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