We’ve been promised an updated Program Review Guide for years and after long last, it’s here. Not surprisingly it looks a lot like the last program review guide but contains updated information about the general guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Education for both Department personnel tasked with conducting program reviews of institutions as well as information to assist institutions in preparing for and participating in a program review. The new guide covers everything from general program review processes to procedures and guidelines for following up. Surprisingly the Department doesn’t give away any secrets like their use of the “Wayback machine” but it’s still great to have an updated reference guide for if and when the occasion arises.
At NASFAA’s 2017 Conference Jeff Baker explained that the Department continues to expand the number and focus of program reviews it conducts each year while admitting that they would like to do more than they are presently capable of doing.