Program Level Assessment (Program Review)
Departments and degree-granting programs are the academic "homes" for the courses in which students enroll. In order to ensure that NCC students receive the best education possible and that students' own expectations for their academic success are met, programs are required to be fully reviewed (assessed) every five years. The entire Program Review (SUNY Review of the Major) process is detailed in the Procedures for Review of Degree and Certificate Programs.
The review requires programs to submit a self-study report, which is reviewed by the Department Chair, the Area Dean, and the Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review. The Area Dean submits a separate report on the program, providing the administration perspective, and both of these reports are provided to the two external reviewers selected to evaluate the program. Following a full-day site visit, the external reviewers provide a final report on the program, including recommendations for improvement. This report is distributed to the Department Chair, the Area Dean and others as appropriate. The final report, including response from the program and/or the Area Dean if necessary, is kept on file in the Office for Academic Assessment and Program Review.