An essay by Dr. Jennifer Sasser, gerontology program director, was published in the International Journal of Reminiscence and Lifelong Learning in January 2015.
The purposes of the Marylhurst department review process are to ensure that our academic programs are of high and/or continuing quality; to perpetuate a culture of continuous improvement; to support a culture of peer collaboration, feedback and organizational learning; and to provide for planning that aligns with the university's strategic planning and budgeting process.
Our department review process takes place over six years, each of which focuses on a different aspect of academic quality:
The intended outcome of the six-year process is to provide analysis about our academic programs' strengths, areas for improvement and future opportunities.
This ongoing self-study process is sustained by the Office of Academic Affairs and supports departments in the continuous improvement of their academic programs, including but not limited to: regular review/revision of academic programs using student and employer survey data; evaluation of the department's alignment with the university's mission and vision; identification of strengths and needs in the area of faculty development; and the program's sincere engagement in assessment of learning outcomes.
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