What is a Periodic Comprehensive Review (PCR) and how does it fit into assessment?

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 unit improvement and planning. A review allows a unit to thoroughly examine its mission, goals, outcomes, resources, activities, strengths, and areas for improvement on a periodic basis. All units will have completed at least one review by 2022.   The second 7-year cycle will begin during the fall semester of 2022 and will end during the 2028-29 cycle. 

After finalizing a PCR study, units will complete an executive summary of the major findings from the self-study. This summary will include a continuous improvement plan stating specific outcomes for the unit to strive for over the next five to seven years. The progress towards completing these outcomes is assessed during this period by annually completing a Continuous Improvement Report in Xitracs. You can learn more about the PCR process here.