We encourage you to take this handbook and use it on your campus to provide structure and resources for program review teams. If you decide to use any of the resources in this book, either adopting it or adapting it to fit your particular campus culture, we would appreciate receiving your feedback.
This handbook is used at Thompson Rivers University as part of a Program Review Learning Community, and the resources are embedded within a learning management system (Moodle) so that faculty can track their progress and download and upload documents on demand, while receiving direct messages and communication from the Associate Director, Academic Planning and Continuous Quality Improvement. Though this approach is briefly documented here, it has been a fundamental shift in our approach, and has allowed us to create a cohesive cohort of program review teams and network of peer support for faculty. This is currently an area of the literature that is not well-researched.
In ending, it bears repeating that we firmly believe that program review, when done well, can be a transformative and growth-oriented process that strengthens departments and leads to better outcomes for students. In the words of Maya Angelou, “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
Thank you for taking the time to look at this Program Review Handbook.