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Outline of the Final Report

  1. Introduction
    1. Give a brief history and description of the department.
    2. Identify the leadership team for program review.
    3. Identify unit-specific issues or questions to be addressed by the review.
    4. Identify and explain the connection between this review and any accreditation review.
  2. Assessment of Purpose, Process, and Personnel
    1. Purpose/Programming
      1. Descriptive Analysis
        1. What is the stated mission of the department? [Originates within unit; on file within unit]
        2. What are the objectives and goals of the department directly related to educational programming? [Originates within unit; on file within unit]
        3. What are the objectives not directly related to educational programming (e.g., service to the outside community, national recognition, honor society membership, etc.)? [Originates within unit; on file within unit]
        4. What educational (curricular and/or cocurricular) programs are delivered by the department? [Assigned by the COE and/or developed by the unit; on file within unit]
      2. Evaluation and Assessment
        1. Are the mission, goals, and objectives of the unit adequate and appropriate? How does the unit compare with professional standards and/or identified Messiah College benchmark/peer institutions? [Evidence gathered by means developed by the unit; on file in the unit]
        2. To what extent does the curriculum and/or cocurriculum conform to the relevant Foundational Educational Documents? [Analysis of programming in light of the relevant Foundational Documents]
        3. What evidence is there that the stated mission, goals, and objectives are being achieved? In particular, is there evidence that the learning objectives of the education programs are being achieved? [Evidence gathered by means developed by the unit; on file in the unit]
        4. Assess and summarize unit-specific issues/questions identified by the unit as they pertain to the category of Purpose (i.e., mission, goals, objectives, and programming).
    2. Process
      1. Descriptive Analysis
        1. What is the current curriculum or cocurriculum used to achieve program objectives? [Originates with COE Senate; see Catalog and Advisee Handbook]
        2. How productive is the programming? Over the past five years:
          1. How many students are served by the programs within the unit? [Available in Fact Book]
          2. How many student credit hours have been generated? [Available in Fact Book]
          3. What is the student/faculty ratio within the unit? [Available in Fact Book]
          4. What is the cost per student hour generated? [Available in Fact Book]
          5. What is the percentage of occupancy of course sections? [Currently available in the Office of the Provost]
        3. What facilities, equipment, technology, library holdings, and other resources are currently available to deliver the unit’s programming? How have these changed over the past five years? [Originates in unit; on file in the unit]
        4. What is the budget? How are funds distributed? How has this changed over the past five years? [Available from the Office of the Provost]
        5. What revenue is generated by the unit? How has this changed over the past five years? [Available from the Office of the Provost]
      2. Evaluation and Assessment
        1. How does the curricular programming compare with professional standards and/or identified Messiah College benchmark/peer institutions? [Data gathered by means developed by the unit; on file in the unit]
        2. How does the unit compare with professional standards and/or identified Messiah College benchmark/peer institutions on relevant process factors? [Data gathered by means developed by the unit; on file in the unit]
        3. Assess the efficiency and appropriateness of the above environmental factors identifying strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities.
        4. Assess and summarize unit-specific issues/questions identified by the unit as they pertain to the category of Process (i.e., curriculum, resources, budget, etc.).
    3. Personnel
      1. Descriptive Analysis
        1. Over the past five years,
          1. What has been the level of staffing in the unit? [Available from the Office of the Provost]
          2. What is the ratio of full-time to adjunct educators? [Available from the Office of the Provost}
          3. What is the ratio of term-tenure track to lecturer-track faculty? [Available from the Office of the Provost]
          4. What is the general profile of full-time educators (e.g., age, training, experience, advanced degrees, disciplinary expertise, diversity, etc.)? [Originates within unit; on file within unit]
          5. What is the profile of adjuncts/part-time personnel? [Originates within unit; on file within unit]
          6. How has the full-time fte and effort been distributed among teaching, advising, scholarship, institutional service, department administrations, and other College assignments? [Originates within unit; on file within unit]
          7. What is the level of support staffing (staff/administrative support, student work-study)? [Originates within unit; on file within unit]
      2. Evaluation and Assessment
        1. How does the unit compare with professional standards and/or identified Messiah College benchmark/peer institutions on the identified personnel factors? [Evidence gathered by means developed by the unit; on file in the unit]
        2. Assess appropriateness and effectiveness of the above personnel factors identifying strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities. In particular, assess the overall quality of teaching, institutional service, scholarship, and advising. [Evidence from College instruments and evidence generated by the unit; on file in the unit]
        3. Is there a fit between the personnel profile and fte allocation to the unit’s objectives and priorities?
        4. Assess and summarize unit-specific issues/questions identified by the unit as they pertain to the category of Personnel (i.e., staffing, loads, faculty ratios, faculty profiles, etc.).
  3. Planning
    1. What is the summary of the major findings?
    2. What are the recommendations? What case can be made for specific actions (e.g., curriculum changes, activities, resource augmentation, administrative structure, staffing changes) that will preserve the program’s strengths and enhance the program by addressing its weaknesses?
    3. What are the recommended next steps for the department in addressing these findings?
    4. What are the recommendations to the College in addressing these findings?