Welcome to Academic Program Review!
Overview and Purpose
The Program Review Committee (PRC) at Navajo Technical University facilitates and promotes systematic review and evaluation of academic programs. It is central to the University’s mission, planning, academic programming, and for continuous improvement to ensure program reviews are implemented. While the PRC commits itself to facilitating the program review process, action plans and next steps will be determined by academic programs in consultation with the committee. The PRC can make recommendations, but is not an administrative body.
The PRC was created in fall 2017 as an offshoot of the Committee for Institutional Effectiveness and charged with the task of facilitating a program review process.
The PRC and Deans conduct a thorough self-study of each academic program every three years using the Program Review Process, which focuses on the following:
- Student data
- Program assessment and improvements
- Strengths and challenges
- Action plan
Program Review Cycle
The PRC has the responsibility of initiating the program review process in accordance with the Program Review Cycle. Each academic program is reviewed on a three-year cycle. The schedule for program review is developed in consultation with the Department Chairs and Deans. Only under unique and justifiable circumstances and with approval of the Deans, will a review be extended or postponed. When possible, the schedule is coordinated with other review(s) and accreditation obligations.
Program Review Cycle
|No.||Program||Last Reivew Date||Current Review Date||Next Review Date (Three-Year Cycle)|
|1.||Accounting (A.A.S.)||Spring 2017||Spring 2020|
|2.||Administrative Office Specialist (Certificate and A.A.S.)||Spring 2017||Spring 2020|
|3.||Advanced Manufacturing Technology (B.A.S.)||Fall 2015||Fall 2018||Fall 2021|
|4.||Applied Computer Technology (Certificate)||Fall 2015||Spring 2020|
|5.||Automotive Technology (Certificate and A.A.S.)||Spring 2017||Spring 2020|
|6.||Biology (B.S.)||Fall 2017||Fall 2020||Fall 2023|
|7.||Bookkeeping (Certificate)||Spring 2017||Spring 2020|
|8.||Building Information Modeling (A.A.S.)||Spring 2017||Spring 2020|
|9.||Carpentry (Certificate)||5/2/2016||Fall 2018||Fall 2021|
|10.||Chemical Engineering (A.A.S.)||Fall 2015||Fall 2018||Fall 2021|
|11.||Commercial Driver License (Technial Cert.)||Fall 2018||Fall 2021|
|12.||Computer-Aided Drafting (Certificate)||Fall 2018||Fall 2021|
|13.||Computer Science (Certificate)||Spring 2016||Fall 2019||Fall 2022|
|14.||Counseling (Certificate)||Spring 2016||Fall 2019||Fall 2022|
|15.||Construction Technology (Certificate and A.A.S.)||April 2014||Fall 2018||Fall 2021|
|16.||Creative Writing and New Media (B.F.A.)||Fall 2016||Fall 2019|
|17.||Culinary Arts Technology (Certificate and A.A.S.)||Spring 2018||Spring 2021|
|18.||Diné Culture Language and Leadership (B.A. and M.A.)||5/2/2016||Spring 2019||Spring 2022|
|19.||Dual Credit||Fall 2019||Fall 2022|
|20.||Early Childhood & Multicultural Education (Certificate, A.S., B.S.)||Spring 2017||Spring 2020|
|21.||Electrical Engineering (B.S.)||Fall 2016||Fall 2019|
|22.||Electrical Trades (Certificate)||Fal 2017||Fall 2020|
|23.||Energy Systems A.A.S.||5/2/2016||Spring 2019||Spring 2022|
|24.||Engineering Technology (A.A.S.)||Spring 2018||Spring 2021||Spring 2024|
|25.||Environmental Science & Natural Resources (Certificate, A.A.S., and B.S.)||5/2/2016||Spring 2019||Spring 2022|
|26.||General Education||3/10/2016||Spring 2019||Spring 2022|
|27.||General Studies (A.A.)||Spring 2016||Fall 2019||Fall 2022|
|28.||Geographic Information Technology (Certificate and A.A.S.)||Fall 2016||Fall 2019|
|29.||Industrial Engineering (B.S.)||Spring 2018||Spring 2021|
|30.||Industrial Maintenance and Operations (Certificate)||Fall 2017||Fall 2020|
|31.||Information Technology (Certificate, A.A.S., and B.S.)||Fall 2017||Fall 2020|
|32.||Law Advocate (A.A.S.)||5/2/2016||Spring 2019||Spring 2022|
|33.||Law Enforcement (Certificate)||Fall 2017||Fall 2020||Fall 2023|
|34.||Legal Assistant (Certificate)||5/2/2016||Spring 2019||Spring 2022|
|35.||Mathematics (Certificate and A.S.)||Fall 2017||Fall 2020|
|36.||Navajo Transcription||Fall 2017||Fall 2020|
|37.||New Media (B.A.S.)||Fall 2017||Fall 2020|
|38.||Nursing (ADN)||6/23/2014||Fall 2019||Fall 2022|
|39.||Pre-Nursing (Certificate)||5/2/2016||Spring 2019||Spring 2022|
|40.||Professional Baking (Certificate and Associate)||Fall 2016||Fall 2019|
|41.||Public Administration (A.A.S.)||Fall 2017||Fall 2020|
|42.||Textile and Weaving (Certificate)||Fall 2016||Fall 2019|
|43.||Veterinary Technician (A.A.S.)||5/2/2016||Fall 2019||Fall 2022|
|44.||Welding (Certificate)||Spring 2016||Fall 2019||Fall 2022|
|45.||Business Administration (B.A.), new program, approved Fall 2018||Fall 2021|
Program Review Process
The Program Review Process includes five steps: 1) Planning, 2) Self-Study, 3) Hearing, 4) Analysis of Findings, and 5) Recommendations to the President's Cabinet.
Planning. Program Review will be initiated each academic year by the Deans. In the preceding spring semester, Department Chairs will be reminded of programs under their purview, which are scheduled for review in the subsequent fall and spring semesters. Early in the fall semester, for programs scheduled for fall review, chairs, program advisors, and faculty will be invited to participate in an orientation workshop to launch Program Review. The same will take place early in spring semester for programs scheduled for review at that time.
Self-Study. A Self-Study will be completed for each program that undergoes Program Review. A Self-Study Team consisting of Program Advisor(s) and Faculty will be assigned by the appropriate Department Chair, who will be ultimately responsible for the completion of each Self-Study under her or his purview. Self-Study Teams will complete items assigned to them in the Program Review template; other items will be completed by persons and offices as indicated in the Program Review Template. Self-Studies for fall semester must be completed by November 1, and for spring semester by March 1. These deadlines provide sufficient time for the completion of comprehensive Self-Study Reports.
The Program Review Template will be housed in Weave Online to allow for multiple authors to work on the report simultaneously.
Hearing. This will be conducted by the Program Review Committee and scheduled and convened each semester by the Deans. Each Self-Study Team will present its findings to the University community.
Analysis of findings. The Program Review Committee will produce a summary report each semester that highlights the following:
- Recruitment and retention of faculty and students
- Graduation rates
- Programs quality
- Student learning assessment
- Teaching academic outreach efforts of the faculty
- Fiscal efficacy
- Action plans
The summary report is meant to be responsive to other issues that come to the fore in the course of the reviews. It is expected that the Program Review Committee will make specific recommendations for improvement of the quality of programs that were reviewed, as well as identify those aspects of the programs that are exemplary.
Self-Study team members will also be surveyed at the conclusion of the Program Review process each semester to identify strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improving Program Review as a whole.
Report to the President's Cabinet. The final step in the Program Review Process is the preparation of a summary report on the year’s Program Reviews for the President's Cabinet. The summary report will also be prepared by the Program Review Committee and will include: a) description of programs reviewed; b) procedures used in the review process; c) major findings and conclusions for each program; d) future plans for each program; e) follow-up monitoring and reporting plans, as appropriate; and finally, f) strengths, challenges, and recommendations for improving the Program Review process. Data summaries will be appended to the narrative. A copy of the report will be made available to the entire University community.
Program Review Committee Members
PRC members were appointed by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Casmir Agbaraji, at the formation of the committee in fall 2017. Current PRC members include the following individuals and the offices/departments/programs they represent:
- Dr. Henry Fowler, Diné Studies, PRC Chair
- Dr. Daniel McLaughlin, Assessment
- Sheena Begay, Institutional Research
- Brenda Tom, Human Resources
- Lemanuel Loley, Career Services
- Coleen Arviso, Online Education
- Sammia DeJolie, Business and Finance
- Jerlynn Henry, Student Services
- Dr. Abraham Meles, School of Science, Faculty Representative
- Kelly Dineyazhe-Hunter, School of Business and Education, Faculty Representative
- Tama Sloan, School of Business and Education, Faculty Representative
- Dr. Casmir Agbaraji, Instructional Services