Academic program review

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At VCU, academic program review provides a structured opportunity to answer three questions, take two actions, and achieve one primary outcome relative to our degree programs. The three questions are: Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How will we get there? The two actions are reflection and planning. The primary outcome is program excellence.

Academic program review is:

  • Faculty-driven, administration supported
  • Action research
  • An opportunity for rigorous, data-informed conversations
  • Positive, visionary and transformative

For more details about the benefits of academic program review, download the slide deck from the fall 2019 informational sessions

Academic program review documents

Select the links below to download important documents related to the academic program review process:


The schedule of cohorts for the academic program review process can be found below:

This schedule reflects the timeline and program order requested by each unit, and will be revisited annually to ensure the timing remains right for each program.

Department Profiles Dashboard

A tool to help you in the academic program review process, the Department Profiles Dashboard provides faculty helpful data for reflection and planning in key areas (e.g., enrollment, retention, graduation rates).

Please note: The Department Profiles Dashboard is restricted to authorized VCU eID users. Request access to this dashboard through the IRDS Dashboard Access form. For those working off-campus, you must also be logged into your VPN in order to access this dashboard.


Please use the academic strategy and innovation "Help desk" ticket system to submit inquiries related to academic program review.

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