Through its strategic plan, FOCUS 2011, Johnson & Wales University is committed to strengthen itself in many ways. At the heart of the plan is the enhancement of quality throughout the university, and its first major strategic objective is “to create an exciting learning community offering programs that are distinguished by their relevance, excellence and rigor, as well as a high quality of instruction."
This critical objective is accomplished, in substantial part, through the university’s Academic Program Review Process. The purpose of the Academic Program Review Process is the systematic evaluation and enhancement of each of the university’s degree programs.
The process is designed to allow for the general assessment of each degree program from internal and external perspectives, while promoting reflection and innovation. The results of the review process and subsequent analysis inform the program’s leadership and faculty as they work to continually refine and enhance the program over time to meet the evolving needs of students and their employers. Self Evaluation Report Program leadership and faculty spend four to six months preparing a comprehensive written Self Evaluation Report assessing the program against the established Program Review Criteria and using the Statistical Data Package provided by the Institutional Research Office. The Report is submitted to the Provost’s Office. On-Site Evaluation by External Review Team
External Review Team Report
Program Action Plan Program leadership and faculty prepare a formal written five-year Program Action Plan based upon the Self Evaluation and External Review Team Reports, defining tangible measurable objectives to address any issues identified in the reports and to enhance the program.
The Program Action Plan is submitted to the Provost’s Office for review and approval, and is used to guide the enhancement and development of the program over the ensuing five-year period.
For more information, contact the university provost’s office at 401-598-1345 or email.