State law (see Texas Administrative Code in the Appendices) requires that all public doctoral programs and stand-alone master’s programs be externally reviewed on a 10-year cycle. Texas A&M University has elected to review all degree programs, including bachelor’s degrees, within the scope of the Academic Program Review (APR). Programs reviewed by an external accrediting body are not part of the formal APR process described here. However, the findings of the external accrediting body should be submitted to the Provost’s office as evidence of compliance with Texas Administrative Code for the accredited program. The APR process, coordinated in the office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, is an integral component of institutional effectiveness, which is defined as “the systematic, explicit, and documented process of measuring performance against mission in all aspects of an institution” and results in continuing improvement (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 7.1, Institutional Planning). APR aligns with, and complements, existing measures for assessment and quality enhancement. It facilitates discussion about change and strategies for improvement, and it provides the basis for making strategic decisions based on an extensive review from various constituents. APR is an opportunity to realign actions with current priorities of the university, colleges, departments, and programs as these are articulated in mission statements and strategic plans. APR underpins the process of achieving the university’s goal of continuously improving the quality of all academic programs in the pursuit of excellence.
APR Administrative Team
The APR Administrative Team provides a university perspective for review teams and programs undergoing review.
DR. TIMOTHY P. SCOTT
Interim Provost & Executive Vice President
DR. PATRICK LOUCHOUARN
Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Interdisciplinary Initiatives
DR. KAREN L. BUTLER-PURRY
Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate and Professional School
DR. ANN L. KENIMER
Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies
MS. BETTYANN C. ZITO