What is Program Review?
Program Review is a quality assurance and improvement process proscribed by ICCB. From their website:
The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) is mandated by the Illinois Public Community College Act to coordinate a statewide program review system (see P.A. 78- 669). Various program areas and services, including instructional programs, are required to be reviewed once every five years by their respective community college and submitted to the ICCB, but more frequent and continuous reviews (e.g. annual) are encouraged.
The purpose of Statewide Program Review is to:
This purpose aligns with the ICCB goals focused on reducing inequities, strengthening programming, and contributing to the economic development of the state.
The Statewide Program Review process is designed to complement college-level planning and decision making, and reflect on the integration of various programs and services, in addition to providing information that will assist the ICCB in fulfilling its statutory responsibilities. Program review can be a critical tool for continuous improvement and evaluation of programs and services offered by the college. Prepared with adequate data, program review can be instrumental in identifying inequities, including racial equity gaps, and can serve as a process to engage stakeholders purposefully in advancing equity. Program review should be aligned and integrated with other continuous quality improvement processes. These processes may include but are not limited to strategic planning of instructional programming, development of the annual calendar, data submission and reporting, and accreditation review.
Program Review Expectations
In general, college program review processes should:
At a minimum, systematically examine the need; cost; and quality of individual programs and services, ensuring that programs continue to be responsive to local needs, cost-efficient, and integrate quality components into programming;
Involve faculty and appropriate administrators who are directly responsible for the areas being reviewed as well as faculty, academic support professionals, and administrators from across the campus as appropriate;
Employ relevant information such as assessment results appropriate to the unit, as well as comparative data on enrollments, completions, and costs using the most recent audited state-level data;
Be responsive to identified areas of weakness by developing and implementing feasible and measurable action steps;
Include the use of disaggregated data to uncover and address equity gaps in programming, performance, or service;
Assure that the process is well documented and use the results to inform campus planning initiatives, quality improvement efforts, and budget allocation decisions;
Report results and actions resulting from reviews to local boards, advisory committees, and other stakeholders as appropriate;
Adhere to a minimum review cycle of once every five years for all programs listed in the Program Review Schedule.