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Program Review Frequently Asked Questions

Driving a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions on the Program Review process. Any additional questions that are not answered below may be directed to Megan Blackwelder, Associate Vice President of Program Review. 


This table compares the Program Review process to the Dean's review process.
Review Element Program Review Dean's Review
Timing Once every 10 years About once every 5 years
Scope School (including administration effectiveness in support of scholarly output, faculty and student caliber, etc.) Dean's leadership
Purpose Assess School's quality and effectiveness, to stimulate planning Assess Dean’s performance
Ensure that school strategies are aligned to University priorities and carried out effectively to further enhance Northwestern’s growing prominence and impact
Facilitated By Office of Administration and Planning Provost's Office

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