The primary goal of program review is to support program improvement. Action planning is essential in translating a long list of good ideas into a manageable list of specific goals that a program can achieve during the coming years to move the program forward. The Action Plan should be a direct, documented outgrowth of the program review process.
The Action Plan shows what and how the program will respond to the program review findings. Note, there is a tendency to take on most of the Action Plan items immediately, and consequently overloading the program. The recommended approach is to stage a selection of manageable projects over the subsequent years, thereby involving the program in constant program improvement in a measured, sustainable way.
Timeline: March 1 – May 15
Recommended Submission Date: May 15
- Read Module 7 in the Program Review Handbook.
- Attend the Action Planning Workshop in March.
- Complete the program Action Plan using the template provided by considering all of the data collected during the program review course:
- Seek Dean approval of the Action Plan.
- Upload the completed Action Plan in the assignment drop box in Moodle.
Action Planning Workshop Agenda
The Action Planning Workshop is 90 minutes in duration and intended to create a space for faculty, chairs, and deans to discuss the program review findings and draft goals for program improvement.
|8:45 – 9:00||Refreshments (e.g., coffee, tea, pastries, muffins, fruit salad)|
|9:00 – 9:10||Welcome, introductions, and purpose of action planning|
|9:10 – 9:15||Overview of the Instructional Innovation Grant (IIG)*|
|9:15 – 9:50||Guided working session to identify broad themes evident in the data|
|9:50 – 10:10||Guided working session to categorize themes based on (1) internal goals that the program can control, and (2) external goals that are more difficult to modify.|
|10:10 – 10:30||Large group discussion to explore Frameworks for Implementing Goals Worksheet (PDF) (if time permits)|
The following materials are provided to faculty, chairs, and deans at least one week prior to the Workshop:
- Binders containing copies of all program review data for each program (e.g., self-study, external reviewer report, surveys, SOAR report)
- Action Plan Template (PDF)
- Frameworks for Implementing Goals Worksheet (PDF)
*The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching offers an Instructional Innovation Grant (IIG). Proposals are invited from university Instructors, tenure-track, and tenured faculty who are interested in enhancing and building the classroom experience by adopting or experimenting with instructional approaches that challenge, support, and encourage students.
Office of Quality Assurance
- Associate Vice President Academic
- Associate Director, Academic Planning & Continuous Quality Improvement
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
During the Workshop, participants will:
- identify broad themes evident in the data
- draft approximately six to ten goals based on the themes
- explore frameworks for implementing the goals