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Academic Program Review

At Biola University, APR may be conducted as a stand-alone review of specific programs or as part of a specialized accreditation visit. Academic Program Review is typically on a six-year cycle. On occasion, individual programs may request to undergo APR during a year that is not in alignment with the APR calendar (Appendix A). Approval to undergo APR during an academic year other than assigned will be determined by the Assistant Provost for Educational Effectiveness (Office of Educational Effectiveness) in conjunction with the academic dean.

Generally, the APRs are initiated by the Office of Educational Effectiveness at the beginning of the academic year. An initial meeting is conducted for the dean(s) and their designees (faculty, chairs, directors) who will assist and coordinate the self-study. The orientation provides an overview of the institutional requirements for the self-study and direction on how the APR should be conducted. The degree program is expected to complete all the components of their self-study within the academic year.

Academic Program Review Cycle & Schedule

The Academic Program Review occurs in a six-year cycle.

APR Year



School of Science, Technology Health


School of Humanities and Social Science


Torrey Honors Institute


School of Education

School of Fine Arts and Communication

School of Cinema and Media Arts


Talbot School of Theology


Cook School of Intercultural Studies


Crowell School of Business

Rosemead School of Psychology

    Elements of an Academic Program Review

    The APR is broken down into manageable components to be completed throughout the self-study. Each component focuses on one part of the self-study. All components will be tied together in the self-study report. Once the self-study report is completed, an external review will be conducted to provide an outside disciplinary expert to evaluate the program. The program faculty will have an opportunity to response to the external reviewer’s evaluation and report prior to submitting their six-year action plan.

    While there may be one person leading the APR in their program, usually the chair or director, it is expected that all faculty (full-time and regular adjunct faculty) are engaged in APR throughout the year. The most effective and impactful APRs are the ones where constituents at all levels are involved and engaged in frequent conversation and reflection throughout the self-study.

    Here are the components of an Academic Program Review:

    1. APR Guide and Intake
    2. Program Mission
    3. Program Degree Information
    4. Budget and Faculty
    5. Faculty CVs
    6. Program Data
    7. Program Learning Outcomes
    8. Curriculum Maps
    9. Co-Curricular Alignment
    10. Course Syllabi
    11. Assessment Plans
    12. Direct Evidence of Student Learning
    13. Annual PLO Assessment Reports
    14. Indirect Evidence
    15. Self Study Report
    16. External Review and Report
    17. Response to External Review
    18. Program Plans