Review of Academic Departments

TU's Review of Academic Departments (RAD) process satisfies the University System of Maryland (USM) requirement to review all academic programs on a seven-year cycle. It is overseen by the Office of the Provost.

The RAD process comprises: (1) a self-study, (2) an external review, (3) a summary report submitted to USM (which is reviewed and approved by the USM Board of Regents), (4) action plan implementation, and (5) a follow-up progress report. The RAD process involves the participation of the department, the Dean of the College, the Dean of Graduate Studies (for graduate programs only), and the Office of the Provost, as well as external reviewers.

The RAD Guidebook provides a detailed outline of the expectations and requirements of the RAD process, which is designed to promote quality assurance and program improvement. The RAD process analyzes the performance and status of programs within the department from the time of the last review, details any new programmatic directions, and articulates any proposed strategic initiatives and/or actions (in the form of action plans) based on any recommendations that emerge as a result of the review.




The Review of Academic Department (RAD) Guidebook (PDF)


Self-Study Report Template (DOC)

External Review

External Review Report Template (DOC)

USM Report

USM Report Template (DOC)

Program Progress Report

Program Progress Report Template (DOC)

RAD Timeline

Key Dates and Milestones in the RAD Timeline

RAD Cycle: 2023-2029

Academic Programs Scheduled for Review

Current Cohorts

Geography & Environmental Planning 
Global Humanities M.A. 
Occupational Therapy & Occupational Science 
Philosophy & Religious Studies 

Art + Design, Art History, Art Education
Family Studies & Community Development 
Interdisciplinary Studies
Political Science 
Sociology-Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Teaching (MAT)
Early Childhood Education
Learning Technologies, Design and School Library Media
Instructional Leadership and Professional Development
Elementary Education
Secondary and Middle School Education
Special Education
Environmental Science and Studies
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry & Bioinformatics
Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences

Business Administration
Accounting & Business Advisory Service
Business Systems and Processes
Supply Chain Management
Project, Program & Portfolio Management
Marketing Intelligence
Interactive Marketing
Communication Studies
Communication Management
Mass Communications
Dance, Performance and Choreography
Dance Education 
Jewish Studies
Leadership in Jewish Education and Communal Service
Jewish Communal Service
Jewish Education
Women & Gender Studies


Contact Information

Assistant Provost for Assessment, Accreditation, and Compliance

Academic Affairs
Admin Building
Room 311C
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.