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Program Alignment and Review Update By Steve DiPietro, Associate Vice Provost, Assessment, Accreditation and Effectiveness

The Office of the Provost is committed to an ongoing, comprehensive process to continuously and formally review programs and the overall structure and alignment of instruction and research at Drexel, ensuring that our students are provided optimal education in line with evolving global work force needs. By the end of AY 2015-2016, 52 Drexel programs will have completed the PAR process. For AY 16-17, there are 13 programs scheduled for PAR, and by the year 2020, the first seven year cycle of PAR review will be complete. The 2nd complete cycle of PAR is scheduled to launch in 2020-21 with schedules currently being set through 2024.

The overarching purpose of the PAR process is to improve the quality of academics at Drexel. The process assesses the currency, relevance, quality, efficiency, and economy of academic programs, with a particular focus on student outcomes. The PAR process aims to assess and align academic programs with Drexel’s strategic priorities, strengthening and focusing areas of achievement and high potential. The process complements existing accreditation systems for those programs subject to external disciplinary accreditation, and puts in place a mechanism for formal assessment of those programs not subject to outside accreditation. PAR also plays a pivotal role in the University’s compliance with the Middle States Commission’s Characteristics of Excellence and mandated academic program review. For additional information about PAR including the handbook, schedules, accomplishments, etc. please visit the Program Alignment and Review (PAR) website.