Review of Academic Departments

The review of academic departments satisfies the University System of Maryland requirement to review all undergraduate and graduate degree programs on a seven-year cycle.

The USM requirements consist of: (1) a self-study, (2) an external review, and (3) a USM report. Each of these required documents must be reviewed successively at the department, college, graduate studies (for graduate programs), and Office of the Provost. Finally, USM reviews the USM report. The review analyzes the performance and status of the department from the time of the last review, details any new programmatic directions, and articulates any proposed strategic initiatives.

Resources

REVIEW ELEMENT RESOURCE(S)

Guide

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

Self-Study

Self-Study Report Template (DOC)

External Review

External Review Report Template (DOC)

USM Report

USM Report Template (DOC)

Follow-up Action Report Follow-up Report provides a progress update on action items.

Timeline

The USM requirements take place over the course of approximately 18 months from Jan/Feb of year 1 to June of year 2. The follow-up action report occurs two years later.

The Associate Provost and the Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services meet with the department representative to discuss the process at the beginning of the first spring semester. The USM Report Schedule displays the seven year cycle of cohorts.

Current Cohorts

2019 Cohort
Biology Department
Computer Science Department
Law & American Civilization program
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry & Bioinformatics program
Nursing Department
Theatre Arts Department
Calendar of Deadlines for 2019 Cohort
Jan/Feb 2018: Orientation meeting with the Associate Provost for Academic Resources and Planning and the Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services

Spring 2018: Planning and analysis begins in the Department

Oct 15, 2018: Self-Study Draft Due to College Dean (and Dean of Graduate Studies, if relevant)

Nov 19, 2018: Self-Study feedback from College Dean to Department (and from Dean of Graduate Studies, if relevant)

Dec 17, 2018: Self-Study Revision Due to College Dean (and Dean of Graduate Studies, if relevant)

Jan 15, 2019: Finalized Self-Study due to the Office of Accreditation and Compliance. (Please provide one paper copy for the , and send an electronic copy to the with cc: .)

May 6, 2019: External Review Report Due to Academic Department

June 17, 2019: Self-Study, External Review Report, and USM Report Due to College Dean

July 15, 2019: Self-Study, External Review Report, and USM Report due to the Office of Accreditation and Compliance. (Please provide one paper copy for the , and send an electronic copy to the with cc: .)

Download a copy of the 2019 cohort milestones/due dates.
2020 Cohort
Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies Department
College of Liberal Arts-Interdisciplinary Programs
Foreign Language Department
Calendar of Deadlines for 2020 Cohort
Jan/Feb 2019: Orientation meeting with the Associate Provost for Academic Resources and Planning and the Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services

Spring 2019: Planning and analysis begins in the Department

Oct 21, 2019: Self-Study Draft Due to College Dean (and Dean of Graduate Studies, if relevant)

Nov 18, 2019: Self-Study feedback from College Dean to Department (and from Dean of Graduate Studies, if relevant)

Dec 16, 2019: Self-Study Revision Due to College Dean (and Dean of Graduate Studies, if relevant)

Jan 20, 2020:  Finalized Self-Study due to the Office of Accreditation and Compliance. (Please provide one paper copy for the , and send an electronic copy to the  with cc: .)

May 4, 2020: External Review Report Due to Academic Department

June 22, 2020: Self-Study, External Review Report, and USM Report Due to College Dean

July 20, 2020:  Self-Study, External Review Report, and USM Report due to the Office of Accreditation and Compliance. (Please provide one paper copy for the , and send an electronic copy to the  with cc: .)

Download a copy of the 2020 cohort milestones/due dates.

Contact Information

Director of Accreditation and Compliance Services

Academic Affairs
Westley Forsythe
Location
Admin Building
Room 307
Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone