The Education Committee of the University Senate conducts an evaluation of each new degree or certificate program after its implementation. That review normally occurs in the fifth year of the program's operation, but the University Senate can, as part of the resolution authorizing the program's creation, specify that the review occur in a different year.
The purpose of the 5th-Year Review is to assure the Education Committee that the program objectives described in the original proposal are being achieved and to allow it to assess whether any changes in the plans since then have materially altered the nature of the program. To assist the Education Committee review, the program director completes a questionnaire which can be downloaded by clicking on the 5th-Year Review Questionnaire.
The Vice Provost for Academic Programs sends the questionnaire to the program early in the fall of the academic year of its evaluation. The completed questionnaire should be returned to the Vice Provost who gives it to a standing 5th-Year Review Subcommittee of the Education Committee which recommends to the full committee whether the program's approval should be affirmed.
The Education Committee may reaffirm the Senate’s original approval of the program, seek changes in its content and organization or recommend to the full Senate that the program be closed. Programs that receive a favorable 5th-Year Review are subject to further evaluations only if they are substantially changed.