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Program Review Process

Driving a Culture of Continuous Improvement

Program Review Process

All academic departments, major research centers, and administrative units at Northwestern University are reviewed once every seven to ten years through the Program Review process. For each review, a team of 4-5 reviewers, consisting of both external experts and Northwestern faculty, meet with faculty/staff and key constituents of the unit before providing a written summary report of their recommendations. These recommendations form the basis of an implementation agreement with specific action items for the unit. The process is guided by the Office of Administration and Planning and overseen by the Program Review Council (PRC), a rotating committee of senior faculty and administrators who have been nominated from across the university.

Five Step Process