The self-study will comprise a broad, reflective, critical and forward-looking analysis of the program. It will reflect the involvement and consultation of faculty, staff and students of the program being reviewed and it will include data on university recognized indicators. In large part, these data will be provided by the Office of Institutional Planning and Budgeting.
The self-study document will address:
- Objectives of the program;
- Program regulations;
- Consistency of the program’s learning outcomes with the University’s mission, with the Western Degree Outcomes, and how the program’s graduates achieve those outcomes;
- Fields of specialization;
- Special matters and/or innovative features of the program;
- Concerns or matters raised in the previous review of the program;
- Program-related data and measures of performance, where applicable and available;
- Financial support for students;
- Areas for improvement identified through the self-study;
- Opportunities for enhancement;
- Academic services and resources that contribute to the academic quality of the program, including library resources and support;
- Enrolments, graduations, and withdrawals;
- Employment or subsequent academic pursuits of graduates;
- Publications of current students and recent graduates;
- How faculty, staff, and students were included in the self-study;
- Indicators relevant to the evaluation criteria;
- The integrity of the data included.
Where appropriate, input of others deemed to be relevant may be included in the self-study brief. For example, input from graduates of the program, professionals, industry representatives, and employers may be included. The Vice-Provost (Academic Programs), or his/her delegate, will review and approve the self-study report for undergraduate programs undergoing cyclical review.