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History of Academic Program Review

In 1999, the Council passed a series of guidelines related to academic programs that streamlined the process of reviewing programs and recognized the need for institutional flexibility within the new postsecondary structures of the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. The Council’s Guidelines for Review of Academic Program Productivity established the following thresholds to be used to identify programs for review:

CPE conducted four rounds of program productivity review:

  1. Council staff reviewed degree output from 1994-95 to 1998-99, and the Council approved the results in July 2001.
  2. Staff reviewed degree output from 1996-97 to 2000-01, and the Council approved the results in May 2003.
  3. Staff reviewed degree output from 1998-99 to 2002-03, and the Council approved the results in January 2005.
  4. At its January 30, 2006, meeting, the Council amended its Guidelines for Review of Academic Program Productivity to specify a four-year review cycle.

Under this iteration of the policy, the most recent review was conducted in 2008-09 and examined degree output from 2003-04 to 2007-08.

The policy was revised in 2011, with an implementation date of the 2013-14 academic year. The policy revisions were made in light of best practices, better coordination among state and institutional practices, and an improved connection between academic program approval and review of existing academic programs.

After five rounds of program reviews under the current policy, some institutions were still struggling with certain elements of the review process, including job placement, and there was a lack of consistency in some areas, such as the determination of student credit hour per instructional FTE.

Conversations about further policy revisions began with campus representatives in 2017. After feedback from campuses and further conversations, it was determined that the best course of action would be to contract with a national expert or organization that could work with both the CPE and the eight public universities on a statewide program review process.

Last Updated 2/12/2020