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Comprehensive Program Review Plan for Columbus State University

The goal of comprehensive program review (CPR) at Columbus State University and in the University System of Georgia is the improvement of instructional programs by periodically reviewing their strengths and weaknesses and establishing a set of priorities for their improvement based on information gathered during a seven-year cyclical review process. The process is recognized as one part of the overall institutional effectiveness plan that also includes strategic planning, assessment of student learning outcomes, and assessment of outcomes in administrative areas. The plan as follows will be reviewed periodically to determine its effectiveness in providing adequate program review information for the university and the University System.

Review Responsibility

The process of conducting program review rests with a Program Review Committee consisting of eight faculty members. The committee will oversee the program review process, receive the reports of departments examining individual programs, receive the reports of program reviewers, and make recommendations based on these reports.

Program Review Committee Membership

The Provost and Executive Vice President will consult with the deans of the colleges for nominations and appoint members to the committee. Members of this committee will serve a three (3) year term.

  • Two will be from each college with degree granting programs at the baccalaureate level or above; and
  • All will be tenured faculty.

The voting members will elect a chair to oversee the program review process. The Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment will serve as ex officio members of the committee, and will coordinate the dissemination of information to be used in the program review process.

Comprehensive Program Review Committee members will refrain from participating in the committee's review process that pertains to a program or department in which the committee member holds rank or is budgeted.

Programs Subject to Evaluation

Except for programs requiring a formal accreditation review, an institution's cycle of review for all undergraduate academic programs shall be no longer than seven (7) years, and for all graduate programs no longer than ten (10) years. Associate programs will be reviewed every five (5) years. Newly approved programs should automatically be reviewed seven (7) years after launch. If successfully reviewed, the new program will then become part of the regular institutional cycle. Programs triggered for review by the University System Office based on enrollment and the number of degrees awarded require immediate attention and may need to be reviewed the following academic year.

Programs Accredited by an External Entity 

Programs accredited by external entities may not substitute an external review process for their institutional program review. Programs can elect to use the Institutional Review process before or after their external accreditation as long as it doesn't exceed the institutional's ten (10) year requirement. If programs choose to do their external accreditation prior to CSU's process, they can use the Executive Summary of the accreditation report (for the external review) and must complete the Self - Study and Evaluation form (listed below) to meet their requirements for an institutional review. If the program chooses to complete CSU's process prior to their external accreditation, they must follow the institution's complete process. 

Program Review Report

In accord with BOR policies, the program review report will include responses to the items listed under the self-study procedures that address quality, productivity, and viability. Overall, the focus of the report will be on academic programs; however, some items are best answered for the department in general than for each program offered by the department.


What do I do next? When are items due?

Timeline for programs going through CPR


Self Study Format and Procedures

Sample Format for Review Team Report

Evaluation Form

Past CPRs

View past CPRs



Program Review Schedule

The following program review schedule indicates the academic year in which programs will be reviewed. For programs undergoing accreditation review by national boards, the process required by the national boards will substitute for the quality component of the program review process required by the Board of Regents. For these programs, however, performance indicators addressing productivity and viability must be assessed according to the self-study procedures.

Review Year Academic Programs to be Reviewed National Accreditation Schedule
2011-2012 Music* (MM)1
Theatre (BA and BFA)2
Theatre Education (BSED)2
Nursing (BSN)3
2012-2013 Biology (BA, BS) Biology – Secondary Education (BA)
Accomplished Teaching (MED)
Community Counseling (MS)
Early Childhood (BSED, MED, and EDS)
Educational Leadership (MED and EDS)
Exercise Science (BS)
Health and Physical Education (BSED and MED)
Middle Grades Education (BSED, MED, and EDS)
School Library Media (MED)
School Counseling (MED and EDS)
Secondary English Language Arts (MED)
Secondary Mathematics (MED)
Secondary Science (MED)
Secondary Social Science (MED)
Secondary Education (EDS)
Special Education (BSED and MED)
MAT Programs (except for Art)
Art (BA) 
Art (BFA)
Art Education (BSED, MAT, and MED)
Chemistry (w/Secondary Education track) (BA/BS)
Criminal Justice (AASCJ and BS)
History (w/Secondary Education track) (BA)
Music (BA)4
Music Education (BM)4
Music Performance (BM)4
Music (MM)
Accounting (BBA)
Business Administration (MBA and Web MBA)
Computer Science (BS and MS)
Finance (BBA)
General Business (BBA)
Information Technology (BS)
Management (BBA)
Management Information Systems (BBA)
Marketing (BBA)
Organizational Leadership (MS)

Art, NASAD, 2022-2023

Music, NASM, 2021-2022

Theatre, NAST, 2023-2024

2014-2015 General Education Curriculum
SACSCOC Self-Study

Communication (BA)
Information Technology (WebBSIT) - Consortium 
Mathematics (BA and BS)
Mathematics – Secondary Education (BS)

2016-2017 Earth and Space Science (BS)
Liberal Arts (BA)
Political Science (BA)
Public Administration (MPA)
Curriculum and Leadership (EDD)
English Language and Literature (w/Secondary Education track)(BA)
Modern Language and Culture (BA)
Psychology (BS)
Sociology (BS)
Theatre (BA and BFA)
Theatre Education (BSED)
Theatre Education (MED)


Theatre, NAST, 2023-2024


Biology (BA, BS) Biology – Secondary Education (BA)
Learning Support 
Accomplished Teaching (MED)
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)
Communications (AA)
Early Childhood (BSED, MED, MAT, EDS)
Educational Leadership (MED, EDS)
Exercise Science (BS, MS)
Health and Physical Education (BSED, MED, MAT)
Health Science (BS)
Math and Science -Online (MAT)
Middle Grades Education (BSED, MED, MAT, EDS)
Nursing (RN to BSN)
Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)
Nursing (MSN)
School Counseling (MED and EDS)
Secondary (Mathematics, Science, Social Science, English Language Arts)
Secondary Biology (MAT)
Secondary Chemistry (MAT)
Secondary Earth Space Science (MAT)
Secondary Education (EDS)
Secondary English Language Arts (MAT)
Secondary History (MAT)
Secondary Mathematics (MAT)
Special Education (BSED, MED, MAT, EDS)
Teacher Education (MED)
Teacher Leadership (MED)

Education Programs, CAEP, Spring 2020

Nursing (RN to BSN, CNNE, Spring 2025

Family Nurse Practitioner, CNNE, Fall 2018

Accounting (BBA)
Business Administration (MBA and Web MBA)
Computer Science (BS and MS)
Criminal Justice (AASCJ, BS)
Finance (BBA)
Film Production (AA)
General Business (BBA)
Information Technology (BS)
Information Technology (WebBSIT)
Management (BBA)
Management Information Systems (BBA)
Marketing (BBA)
Organizational Leadership (MS)
Chemistry (BA, BS)
Chemistry Sec Ed (BA)
Criminal Justice (AASCJ and BS)
History, History Sec Ed (BA, MA)
Public Safety Administration (MPSA)
Business Programs, AACSB, 2018-2019
Chemistry, ACS, 2017

Associate of Arts (AA)

General Studies (AS)

General Education (Core Curriculum)

Learning Support 

Natural Sciences (MS)

Communications (BA)
Art (BA)
Art (BFA)
Art Education (BSED, MAT, MED)
Art History (BA)
Music (BA)
Music Education (BM)
Music Performance (BM)
Music, Education and Performance (MM)
Art, NASAD, 2022-2023
Music, NASM, 2021-2022

*Programs triggered by the USG.
1Deferred from 2008-2009
2Deferred from 2009-2010
3Deferred from 2010-2011
4Deferred from 2010-2011 to coincide with NASM accreditation process.


Completed Program Reviews and 2001-2011 Schedule

2001-2011 Program Review Schedule