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History of Program Review

Program Review at Northwestern University began in 1985 as a faculty initiative to achieve and maintain the highest standards of excellence within all academic and administrative units of the University. The central administration and General Faculty Committee (now the Faculty Senate) worked together to create a systematic review process that has been continually adapted to the changing needs of Northwestern.

Since 1985, more than 435 academic and administrative unit reviews have occurred, and over 780 faculty and administrators have participated in the process as members of the Program Review Council or internal reviewers. In addition, nearly 800 highly regarded experts from other universities and outside organizations have visited the University’s campuses to serve as external reviewers.