PCR for Academic Units

Appalachian established a periodic comprehensive review (PCR) process in 2014 whereby all units on campus (academic, administrative and educational support) complete an in-depth review at least every 7 years. The primary purpose of the periodic comprehensive review is for program improvement and planning. A review allows an academic department to thoroughly examine its mission, goals, outcomes, resources, activities, strengths, and areas for improvement on a periodic basis. All departments will have completed at least one review by 2022. Following a thorough review, faculty within the department outline a clear direction for the department until the next review. Comprehensive unit review involves:

  1. a unit self study;
  2. an external review of the unit;
  3. an executive summary and continuous improvement plan; and
  4. annual progress reports on continuous improvement implementation.

Periodic Comprehensive Review Standards and Instructions

Periodic Comprehensive Review Instructions for Academic Units  - (PDF) This document provides PCR instructions for academic units, including the five standards used as a unit's self-study. The standards are revised annually based on feedback from the campus, particularly those units recently completing their PCR. Please feel free to contact IRAP to offer any additional feedback.

Schedule for Periodic Comprehensive Reviews

Periodic Comprehensive Review Schedule for Academic Units  - (PDF) This is the PCR schedule for reviews of academic units. The schedule was negotatiated with each college and school to ensure all departments complete a review by 2021-22. It is subject to change if a department presents a compelling reason (change in accreditation schedule, new department chair or program director, etc.). In most cases, all programs within a department will complete a review at the same time. In some case, programs within an academic department may complete reviews at different times, typically due to accreditation schedules.