A central hub for program review

  • Use configurable templates to guide contributors through a comprehensive process aligned with best practices
  • Easily incorporate evidence including results from assessment plans within Watermark Planning & Self-Study
  • A central program review schedule helps you manage multiple review cycles simultaneously and keep programs on track

Lead a systematic approach to program review based on longitudinal data from annual assessment plans that is automatically surfaced in the system. Configurable templates within within Planning & Self-Study by Watermark organize information to support programs with comprehensive reflection to drive effective long-term planning and resource allocation. A central hub to manage the work gives visibility into where programs are in the process.

Capabilities

Capabilities

Fully configurable templates

When we designed our program review solution, we wanted to create guidelines that would be as thorough as our standards-aligned regional and professional accreditation templates. So we spoke to dozens of subject matter experts and reviewed the literature to develop robust templates based on best practices in higher education, including 33 standard categories of considerations as a starting point.

These flexible, fully configurable templates serve as the foundation for your program review cycle and help guide your participants through a complex process. You can add, remove, rename, and reorder sections to align with your unique processes, or design your own templates to support comprehensive program review.

When we designed our program review solution, we wanted to create guidelines that would be as thorough as our standards-aligned regional and professional accreditation templates. So we spoke to dozens of subject matter experts and reviewed the literature to develop robust templates based on best practices in higher education, including 33 standard categories of considerations as a starting point.

These flexible, fully configurable templates serve as the foundation for your program review cycle and help guide your participants through a complex process. You can add, remove, rename, and reorder sections to align with your unique processes, or design your own templates to support comprehensive program review.

Incorporate a range of evidence into the program review process, including data from assessment plans managed within Watermark Planning & Self-Study. Direct connections to assessment data like curriculum maps, mission statements, and action items within Planning & Self-Study enable you to automatically refresh results any time reports are updated, ensuring you’re always reflecting on the most current evidence on student learning outcomes.

Organize evidence from all sources, including reports collected from external systems, in a manner that eases the burden for contributors and supports active collaboration, reflection, and action planning. Aid collaboration and communication among team members as they reflect on the program, identify successes and prioritize opportunities for improvement.

At most institutions, programs engage in systematic review in 5- or 7-year cycles along staggered timelines. It can be a difficult process to manage when you have to make sure all of the guidelines, timelines, and Institutional Research Data is distributed to the stakeholders across campus that will be engaged in this process.

Manage this complex, high-stakes process in a central system that supports collaboration and ensures access for all involved. Project dashboards provide a high-level snapshot of progress, enabling you to provide constructive feedback and guide programs to complete reports on time.

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