Program Review

Program review is a process of systematic review and evaluation of academic programs that takes place at regular intervals.

In response to state mandates and as a basis for future program development, FGCU undertakes a rigorous assessment of the strengths, weaknesses, anticipated demands / needs, and intended directions of each of its academic programs.

At FGCU, programs are reviewed at least once every seven years. The reviews judge performance of the programs against benchmarks set by previous performance, the state of Florida’s Board of Governors, accreditation agencies or other similar programs.

Like the FGCU assessment plans, program reviews focus heavily on student learning outcomes (SLO s) and seek to determine the extent to which students attain these outcomes. Results not only satisfy policy requirements, but are used to guide continuous improvement efforts.

At the undergraduate level, program review focuses on the efficacy of the Academic Learning Compacts developed by program faculty for the improvement of program outcomes. Program review is the joint responsibility of OPIP and the Program Review Team of the Faculty Senate.

Components and Process

Program Review Overview
The FGCU Program Review Process
FGCU Program Evaluation & Institutional Effectiveness Policy

 FGCU Program Review Submission Schedule



Program Review Team


  • Provide recommendations to Faculty Senate for the development, periodic review, and revision of standards, policies, and procedures for university-level management of program review, creation and elimination of all degree and certificate programs and the seven-year University Program Review Plan.
  • Based on information received from the Office of Academic and Curriculum Support, the Undergraduate Curriculum Team (UGCT) and the Graduate Curriculum Team (GCT), provide recommendations to Faculty Senate for the development, periodic review, and revision of standards, policies, and procedures for establishing new degree programs.
  • Review the process of program review of all degree and certificate programs, inform and make recommendations to Faculty Senate regarding the outcomes of that process.
  • Create additional working groups as deemed appropriate or necessary by the PRT members. The PRT facilitator can extend invitations for membership on working groups to FGCU faculty members, administrators, and/or staff members otherwise unaffiliated with the PRT.
    In consultation with the Office of Planning and Institutional Performance (PIP), provide recommendations to Faculty Senate on future needs and directions in program review.
  • Provide information to Faculty Senate on how well FGCU program review procedures and products conform to current and future Florida Department of Education's Division of Colleges and Universities’ directives (e.g. Academic Learning Compacts).

Faculty Senate University Program Review Team

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Program Review?

  • Why are Program Reviews needed?

  • When are Program Review Reports due?

  • Does this process allow for a specialized accreditation self-study and review in lieu of a separate internal program review to satisfy institutional and Board of Governors program review requirements?

  • Within the colleges, who is responsible for seeing that Assessment Plans & Reports are developed and implemented?

  • Are the Assessment Plans being implemented?

  • What will happen next to the Assessment Plans & Reports?

  • Who will be responsible for overseeing this work and Assessment Plans & Reports development?

  • Will there be centralized support?

  • What is the relationship of the Assessment Plans & Reports and Program Review to Academic Learning Compacts?

  • How do I get more information on the program review process?