What is Program Review?
Program review is a self-evaluation process by which programs assess their current state, consider the environment in which the program exists, and develop strategies to enhance program effectiveness.


CPR, APP, ALUR: How do They Relate?

Skyline College uses three different instruments in an ongoing cycle of program review: Comprehensive Program Review (CPR), Annual Program Plan (APP), and Administrative Leadership Unit Review (ALUR).


CPR and APP are completed by instructional and student service programs. CPR is the most comprehensive and involves a thorough analysis of the program and its environment every six years. It generally takes several months to complete. APP is a more focused annual update to the CPR. CPRs and APPs completed by departments within the unit inform the ALUR.


The ALUR is completed by administrative units on two levels. The approach varies based on unit structure but involves a summarized assessment of the unit as a whole by the Dean, and then by the Vice President (VP). The assessment may consolidate information across multiple programs (e.g., departments within an instructional division) or across the functions of the unit as a whole (e.g., PRIE). The VP then prioritizes resource requests and pushes them forward for consideration.


CPRs, APPs, and ALURs all result in action plans and resource requests intended to enhance program, unit, and overall institutional effectiveness. Resource allocation is intended to be closely connected to the program review process.


How do I submit my CPR/ APP/ALUR?  

Submit your CPR/APP/ALUR through the Strategic Planning Online (SPOL) system. Your responses to the prompts (a.k.a. the narrative) are entered into the program review and accreditation module, while your objectives and resource requests are entered in to the planning module. Each of these modules includes approval chains and feedback mechanisms, starting with your dean.


 Program Review Chart


  Program Review Cycle: Institutional and Program Review to Action Plans and Resource Requests to Resource Allocation to Implementation

Task Force

A small task force was convened by the Curriculum Committee with the charge to review the program review process and make recommendations for enhancing the overall effectiveness of Program Review at Skyline College.  The task force held a series of meetings during Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 semesters. The task force made the following recommendations   to the Curriculum Committee in Spring 2006. The Curriculum Committee acted on these recommendations, with the intent to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the program review process, align the review with the accreditation standards and facilitate the use of the findings in informing the allocation of human, fiscal and physical resources.

In spring 2006, faculty that had undergone program review in the last three years were dispensed a Program Review Process Survey  . The survey's intent was to obtain suggestions and comments that would help the committee to improve future program review processes for faculty and improve student learning outcomes.

Following the accreditation site visit in 2013, and based in part on the recommendations of the ACCJC during that visit, the college again re-evaluated   the program review process in Fall 2016. As before, this evaluation was performed with the express intent of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the process. To better inform the allocation of college resources through the program review process, the Skyline College Academic Senate approved the transition of oversight of the Comprehensive Program Review process from the Curriculum Committee to the Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) in Spring 2018.