The Georgia Tech Academic Program Review (APR) process is designed to be responsive to both internal needs and external requirements such as those of the Institute, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, and to program quality requirements defined by regional and/or specialized accreditation organizations. Having one periodic, comprehensive review is an efficient means for Georgia Tech to review and report on its academic vitality and institutional effectiveness to multiple constituents. While it is not the only means by which academic units periodically evaluate their academic programs, it is considered to be among the principal processes by which the Institute systematically assures it is fulfilling its academic mission.
Georgia Tech’s APR Review Schedule is reviewed and confirmed each spring by the associate deans and then approved by the Executive Board at its fall meeting. The APR schedule covers a rolling seven-year period in order to provide an outlook of reviews. Institute guidelines are provided at the start of each review year to aid in planning for and implementing the academic program review. The guidelines provide an overview of the purpose for academic program reviews, a description of the process, a list of the principal materials and purpose, the Institute review process, and key milestones and deadlines.
The APR process provides the opportunity to periodically and holistically examine our academic programs and benefit from the recommendations and observations provided by external reviewers as well as our students, staff, faculty, and administrators. The review process includes a self-study undertaken by the faculty of the program, a visit and report by an external visiting team, and an action plan for responding to issues raised by these two components. The Office of the Provost and a subcommittee of the Executive Board oversee an annual update process to the action plan to ensure that the observations and recommendations from those reports assist academic units in their strategic planning and also contribute to the continuous improvement the educational experience of Georgia Tech students.