Program Review Illinois

Through its program review process, the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) coordinates a statewide system of review of instructional programs of study provided by community colleges in Illinois. The intent of this review process is to support colleges in making campus-level planning and decisions related to the quality, cost effectiveness, assessment, and improvement of programs. The program review process also identifies programs that should be discontinued or scaled-back as well as best practices and other exemplary innovations that can be scaled internally or externally to fit the college. A program review manual and supporting materials are provided by ICCB to guide the process.

Goals

The Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) is conducting an evaluation of the ICCB program review process for career and technical education programs.

OCCRL has four goals for this evaluation study:

  • Improve the efficiency and efficacy of the program review process by identifying challenges, redundancies, and omissions and providing recommendations for refining the process.
  • Examine variations of the program review process across institutional contexts and institutional identities (e.g., rural/suburban/urban; minority-serving institutions/predominately white institutions; small/large student populations) to understand how the process is utilized across diverse institutions throughout Illinois.
  • Identify professional development, technical support, and supplemental materials that could improve outcomes associated with program review.
  • Enhance the application of program review findings in colleges' campus-level programmatic planning and decision-making processes.

Webinars

Advancing Program Review: Preliminary Results of OCCRL's Participatory Evaluation of the Illinois Program Review Process

Advancing Program Review Webinar CoverIn collaboration with ICCB and 49 experts from community colleges statewide, OCCRL conducted a participatory evaluation of the ICCB program review process, with a focus on career and technical education programs. This webinar included preliminary findings from that process such as 1) key environmental and institutional factors that vary among colleges statewide and must be accounted for in the program review design; 2) five critical design challenges and ideas for addressing them; and 3) design considerations for advancing the program review moving forward. OCCRL also shared plans for building on this work.

ICCB Program Review Process Webinar

December 12 2017 Program Review webinar title slideThis webinar provides an overview of the new Program Review manual and its respective review tools. ICCB staff who work in the areas of academic affairs, career and technical education, and student services discuss expectations for program review submissions and provide preliminary feedback and insights from submissions. The webinar also covers how the board is committed to continuously improving the program review process. During the presentation, Dr. Heather Fox, the assistant director of operations, communications, and research at OCCRL, discusses the organization's external evaluation of ICCB’s program review process and introduces efforts to engage the field in this critical and reflective evaluation process.

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