Periodic Program Review (PPR) is a systematic process of evaluating and improving academic programs based on a self-study report, site visit, report of review panel, and the identification and implementation of actions needed for improvement.
The UAEU PPR policy and procedures apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. Accordingly, each program is required to be reviewed every 4 to 6 years by a panel that includes faculty members from the University and expert faculty from other internationally recognized universities. The evaluation is driven by information addressing the program’s viability, student learning outcomes, and plans for future improvement.
The review process is collaboratively managed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Provost) and the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies through the Program and Curriculum Office.
The aim of the review process is to provide an opportunity for Departments to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their academic programs, with the input of external experts. The University gains an overview of the status and standards of a program. The outcome is an action plan for improving the program.
Policies & Procedures: Maintain policies and procedures for learning outcomes based academic program review that ensure the institution’s effectiveness in assessing quality and effectiveness of the academic programs.
Infrastructure: Develop effective infrastructure for outcomes based academic program review including the establishment of effective Periodic Program Review Committees at the University.
Audit and Compliance: Monitor the progress of academic programs to ensure that ensure academic programs at UAEU meet national needs and international standards.
Planning and Budgeting: Integrate results of program review with Planning, Budgeting, and the university’s overall quality assurance process.
Liaison: Maintain close liaison with external agencies (WASC – Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CAA – Commission for Academic Accreditation, and QFE – UAE Qualification Framework) and relevant departments within the university (such as Colleges, Student Affairs, Planning, Academic & Institutional Development Department, Uni College).
Communication: Ensure effective communication with the university community about the quality and effectiveness of programs, and disseminate examples of best practice.
Culture: Create a quality culture across all Colleges in promoting the importance of academic quality assurance and accreditation to the continuous improvement of the University.
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