Process and Procedures
APR Process and Procedures Manual
The APR Manual provides units and reviewers an understanding of the processes and procedures required for conducting their Academic Program Review. Any template or required document mentioned in the APR Manual can be found in the Documents and Templates page of this site.
The APR Manual may be updated annually. Any annual updates made to the APR Manual are reclassified as a new edition. However, units are subjected only to the process and procedures outlined in the APR Manual edition that was active during their APR Orientation Meeting.
In 1994, the Faculty Senate decided to include undergraduate as part of the APR process, which previously focused on the evaluation of productivity and viability graduate education. In 2002, the commitment and support to include undergraduate education was reinforced by the Provost and the Academic Program Review guidelines were changed to reflect this. The previous full APR cycle spanned ten years starting in the fall of 2005 and ending in the spring of 2015. In 2013, the criteria used for UNM’s APR process were updated to align with the new accreditation criteria adopted by the Higher Learning Commission.
In 2015, the action plan process was revised to align with the APR criteria. In addition, updates were made to the overall process based upon recommendations from an internal audit of the Academic Program Review process. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the policies, principles, and guidelines for the process will continue to be updated as necessary to reflect current practices and align with other university initiatives. The APR Office reviews and evaluates it process, procedures, guidelines, and resources annually which are vetted by the APR taskforce. This taskforce consists of representatives from faculty, staff, and administrators throughout the university.