About the APR
The purpose of the Academic Program Review (APR) Process at the University of New Mexico (UNM) is to emphasize the notion of continuous improvement and evaluation.
APR provides an opportunity for all academic units at the University of New Mexico to assess their prior achievements and goals, and to use this evaluation as input for future planning and goal-setting activities.
Although some manner of program review has been a part of UNM’s culture for most of its history, this comprehensive approach is more relevant to the university’s strategic plan and to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association's Criteria for Accreditation. Specifically HLC Criterion:
UNM’s APR criteria are linked to the HLC’s criteria for accreditation.
The results of the comprehensive review process are important for planning, curriculum change, professional development, budget and time allocation decisions, and more broadly, for examining how the program presents itself within the university community and to the outside world. The APR will evaluate the quality of the unit and describe how it serves its various stakeholders (the university, its students, its discipline, the community, and the state, etc.). The goals of program review are entwined with high aspirations for the University of New Mexico. Most fundamentally, the APR process is meant to facilitate program improvements.
The APR is structured to help both the unit and the institution make progress in achieving their goals. Looking at past performance is useful insofar as it tells us something about the future prospects for the program. The focus of the APR is solidly on the future.