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Program Review & Renewal

Program Review and Renewal is a faculty-driven process to review program or discipline curriculum, practices and services in the context of how well they support and contribute to student learning. The review process is meaningful, reasonable in scope, and contributes to purposeful and positive change.

What is program review and renewal?

Program review and renewal is:

  • A facilitated, faculty driven and peer based process tailored to the needs of individual programs or disciplines
  • A process that incorporates appreciative inquiry, a strengths based approach to program review
  • A way of ensuring that a program or discipline is current, relevant and meeting learner, community or industry needs

What can you learn?

You can learn answers to the following questions, and more:

  • Are students learning what they need to learn for today’s world?
  • Are we using the most effective teaching/learning/assessment strategies to promote student learning in relation to the identified program outcomes? 
  • Are we making learning opportunities accessible to students and are they sustainable?

Sample document

This sample document outlines the program curriculum, including underlying philosophy, program and course descriptions and learning outcomes, and pathways for students.

  • Early Learning and Care: A collaborative faculty-driven program review and renewal process resulted in renewed program curriculum.
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Get started

We're here to help guide your review and renewal process.

  • Connect with Mavis Smith (Team Leader) at
  • The program or discipline chair will work with the Curriculum Development and Program Renewal (CDPR) team on a plan  and schedule
  • Requests to commence a review can typically be accommodated in a timely manner

Program review & renewal: key elements, timelines and participants

Setting the stage/visioning
  • Develop relationship with team
  • Shared understanding of program
  • Beginning ideas for program purpose, description, philosophy
  • Strengths, visioning, goals
  • Preliminary Review Plan
3 to 4 meetingsProgram faculty, staff, administrators, college partners
Review preliminary review plan  
  • Team sets priorities and timelines
  • Determines what data is needed
1 meetingReview team (primarily faculty)
Data collection
  • Provincial and Camosun data
  • Industry/community/PSE research
  • Student/grad surveys (face-to-face or online)
  • Advisory/industry/community surveys (face-to-face or online)
1 month

Depending on student, community, industry, grad availability

Facilitators under direction of Review team
Curriculum development
  • Program and course descriptions, learning outcomes, assessment activities
  • Student success (program requirements)
  • Learning pathways
4 to 8 monthsReview team (primarily faculty)
Facilities, resources, marketing
  • Plan in place to address non-curricular issues
1 to 2 monthsReview team/department and Chair
Portfolio and reporting out
  • Final report/recommendations
  • Portfolio (Department files)
  • Report out to colleagues, Dean, Education Leadership, stakeholders as necessary
1 to 2 monthsProgram review facilitators: Final report Chair: Portfolio and reporting out
  • One year follow up to identify progress, effectiveness & satisfaction of Review process, Review recommendations achieved
 CDPR team