Studio for Teaching and Learning

Program Review

Saint Mary’s University is committed to continuously improving its academic programs and the student learning experience. The Studio provides support to academic departments throughout the program review process. We also provide support to Centres and Institutes on annual reports and self-studies.

For more information, contact:

  • Michelle Malloy, M.Ed., Educational Developer, Curriculum and Program Review
    michelle.malloy@smu.ca, 902-491-6204

What is Program Review?

Program Review is internal self-evaluation to monitor and improve the student learning experience. It is guided by peer review; and:

  • encourages continuous program improvement through self-evaluation
  • helps programs maintain currency and academic credibility through peer review
  • promotes high-quality programs that are responsive to student needs, societal priorities, and the public good
  • enables programs to ensure that program goals are consistent with the University’s mission and Academic Plan
  • assists programs in planning for future program development
  • informs institutional decision-making and resource allocation

We Can Help

Studio associates provide support and guidance to academic departments by:

  • assisting the self-study committee by developing a student survey, analyzing survey results, reviewing report drafts, etc.
  • establishing SMUport site for sharing documents with faculty and external reviewers and develop an itinerary for a 2-day site visit
  • facilitating sessions with program faculty in key areas such as strategic planning, threshold concepts, mapping curriculum, development of program goals and/or course objectives
  • assisting programs in the development of an action plan for moving recommendations forward

Program Review Policy & Process

Documents

Web Links

Templates

Program Review Templates
MPHEC Templates

Role of Senate

The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) ensures all programs meet predetermined standards of quality. Saint Mary’s University Senate policy on program review was developed and instituted as a requirement of all publicly-funded institutions to assess academic programs on a cyclical basis.

Benefits of Program Review:

  • Encourages continuous program improvement through self-evaluation
  • Enables programs to maintain currency and academic credibility
  • Promotes high-quality programs that are responsive to student needs and societal priorities
  • Ensures that program goals are consistent with the University’s mission and Academic Plan
  • Helps programs plan for future program development
  • Informs institutional decision-making and resource allocation

Studio for Teaching and Learning
studio@smu.ca | 902-420-5492