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Academic Program Review Information


Current Cycle

2016 - 2017 

Academic Accreditation and Program Review Cycle

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board - Policy Information


Arkansas Code §6-61-214 requires that the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board (AHECB) review existing academic programs. All certificate and degree programs offered by public colleges and universities in Arkansas will be reviewed every 7 – 10 years. Institutional program review schedules are on file at ADHE, and any schedule change must be submitted to ADHE.

  1. Accredited/licensed/state certified programs will follow the usual review practices and schedule of the accrediting/approval body.
    1. The site team’s written evaluation and/or approval documentation and institutional response to comments/concerns addressed by the accrediting/licensing/approval body should be sent electronically to Academic Affairs and Research to be submitted to ADHE within six weeks of receipt of the written evaluation. 
  2. Academic programs which are not program-specific accredited/licensed/state certified will be reviewed by external reviewers/consultants.
    1. The institution will complete a comprehensive self-study that is reviewed by the program consultants.  Components of the self-study will include, but not be limited to, information related to:
      1. program need/demand,
      2. curriculum,
      3. faculty,
      4. resources,
      5. course delivery methods,
      6. student outcomes, and
      7. recent/planned program improvements
    2. Institutions will select a minimum of two out-of-state reviewers affiliated with programs that are similar in mission and scope to the program under review. At least one consultant is required to conduct a site visit and meet with program faculty, students, and administrators.
    3. The consultants’ written evaluation and institutional response will be sent electronically to Academic Affairs and Research to be submitted to ADHE within six weeks of receipt of the written evaluation.


ADHE will submit an annual report on academic program review to the AHECB. Program Review documents must be submitted to Academic Affairs and Research by May 1 to allow time to meet the ADHE deadlines.  


  • Upcoming Cycle 2017 - 2018

    Academic Accreditation and Program Review Cycle 17-18

  • Required Information for Program Review Reports
    • Name and credentials of the external reviewer(s)/consultants must be included with the external reviewer(s)/consultant(s)’ report;
    • List of the degree programs that were reviewed must be in the report, e.g., not just the College of Business, but specifically BSBA Accounting, BSBA Marketing, etc.;
    • The external reviewers/consultants must get together and submit one report to the institution; and,
    • The institutional response must address comments/concerns addressed in the reviewer(s)/consultant(s)’s written evaluation and provide to ADHE a plan of action/timeline (not just a statement accepting the report and acknowledging that the reviewers’ comments/concerns will be addressed).
  • Program Reviewer Selection and Payment/Reimbursement Procedures
    1. ADHE requires two out-of-state reviewers per program with only one reviewer required to come to campus for a site visit. AAR will work with departments to select appropriate reviewers and to decide if more than one reviewer should conduct a site visit. 
    1. Departments should ensure that on-site reviewers are scheduled to meet with AAR when they arrive on campus for their first appointment. Off-site reviewers may be scheduled to meet with AAR by phone, Skype, FaceTime, etc., prior to beginning the review process. 
    1. Reviewers provide invoice and are paid through requisition--$2000.00 per reviewer. 
    1. Use Hilton Garden Inn as hotel. Department/college will make reservation and have direct billed to department. 
    1. Reviewers will pay travel expenses. Reimbursed by requisition through the department/college.  Must present itemized meal receipts--no alcoholic beverages.  Only reviewer meals will be paid for by department/college (no spouses or children).  Additional meals will need to be covered by the department/college.  
    1. Mileage will be calculated, if necessary, at the university standard rate using Travel guidelines. 
    1. The department/college will send an itemized list with copies of all receipts to AAR once all expenses have been paid. AAR will then do one budget transfer to the department/college to cover all expenses.  The department will provide AAR with the FOAP or multiple FOAPs (supplies or travel) if necessary for AAR to do the transfer.