The Program Review Committee is completing work on its
review of the 2003-2004 Self Study group. While a preliminary
report and set of recommendations had been posted in the agenda for the
April meeting, the decision was made by the co-chairs, Mary Balkun and
Margaret Greene, after a meeting with Provost Lindsay, to hold the
report until the May Senate meeting. There were several reasons
for this decision:
1. The Steering Committee will be providing an
opportunity for program chairs and directors to respond to the report
and recommendations (the form of this response has yet to be determined)
to ensure accuracy and fairness.
2. Based on discussions with the provost, the
recommendations will be reconfigured into two types: those with possible
university-wide ramifications and those specific to departments and
3. A chart detailing the status of recommendations
for the 2002-2003 group will be available for review.
4. The revised Self Study Guidelines will also be
available for the May meeting for approval by the full Senate.
Finally, it was decided
at the April meeting that program chairs and directors should have an
opportunity to meet with the provost to discuss the outcome of Program
Review. With Provost Lindsay's approval, these meetings will be
scheduled as soon as possible.
The provost's office has
also agreed to reimburse departments and programs up to $100 to cover
the costs of doing Program Review (copying of materials, binding, and so
on). This will include both the 2003-2003 and 2003-2004 self study
groups. Program chairs and directors will be contacted in the next
week with directions for obtaining these funds.
All illustrations by
William Bartram, seventeenth-century American naturalist.
[Developed for the Faculty
Senate by the TLTC.]
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suggestions regarding the material in this newsletter, please contact Mary
Balkun, Faculty Senate Executive Secretary, at