Academic Unit Review

The review of an academic unit (a department, school or college) is an evidence-based, improvement-oriented effort to identify unit-level strengths, issues, and steps to advance its strategic goals. Reviews are conducted on an eight-year cycle for departments or schools and a ten-year cycle for colleges that are a single TIU. They are a collaboration of the unit, its college, and the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). The review includes all research areas; undergraduate, graduate and professional academic programs; and outreach and engagement efforts.

The following activities, described in greater detail in the documents below, comprise an academic unit review:

  1. The unit writes a self-study.
  2. An external review team visits and provides an informal and formal report.
  3. The unit writes a plan of action, confirmed by the college and OAA.

An Introduction and Guide to Academic Unit Review for Departments and Schools

An Introduction and Guide to Academic Unit Review for Colleges that are Single Tenure Initiating Units


Jay Johnson
Associate Director of Institutional Research and Planning

Ryan Schmiesing
Vice Provost for Strategic Planning and Implementation