A Guide to Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews, 1976-present (bulk 1992-present) UA 0002

A Guide to Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews, 1976-present (bulk 1992-present) UA 0002


Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

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Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
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Sarah Roth-Mullet, April 2018

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
UA 0002
Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews1976 - present1992 - present
8 Cubic Feet 8 boxes
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University Libraries
English .
The Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews (APRs) are comprised of internal self-study reports and external team reviews for JMU degree-granting departments, programs, and academic administrative areas. The collection contains both paper and digital files.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by James Madison University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews, 1976 - present (bulk 1992 - present), UA 0002, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information

Academic Affairs transferred five boxes of documents February 2000; 3 notebooks of documents were donated in November, 2000. In 2018, relevant documents were transferred from UA 0043, SACS Institutional Self Study Reports (formerly SE 92-0929 Department and Self Study Reports, 1961-2007). Accessions of digital records from the Office of Academic Affairs are ongoing.

Processing Information

The collection contains both digital and paper files. Formerly assigned collection number AA 99-0914.

Administrative History

James Madison University degree-granting programs, departments, centers, and academic administrative areas are reviewed periodically in the form of an Academic Program Review (APR). According to the Academic Affairs website, an APR requires "a clear specification of desired educational outcomes, evidence of achievement, and documentation of strategic planning and its implementation." An APR typically consists of two phases: a self-study conducted by the department faculty, and an evaluation by an external review team. In some cases, external evaluations are conducted by an external agency or professional organization.

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of Academic Program Review documentation, including internal self-study reports, evaluations by external teams, internal interim reports, and other documents required for program accreditation. More information about Academic Program Reviews can be found at the Office of the Provost, Academic Affairs website: https://www.jmu.edu/academic-affairs/apr/index.shtml. The collection also includes plans and reports issued by the Division of Academic Affairs.


Documents are arranged into two series.

Series 1. Academic Program Reviews and Self-Studies, 1993-present Series 2. Academic Affairs Plans and Reports, 1985-2007

Series 1 is organized alphabetically by program or department title, and further arranged chronologically. Series 2 is arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Administrative records
  • Administrative reports
  • Education, Higher -- Virginia -- Harrisonburg -- Evaluation
  • Educational accountability
  • James Madison University
  • Madison College
  • Reports
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula -- Evaluation
  • Universities and colleges -- Evaluation