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Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews

Identifier: UA 0002
  • Not requestable

  • Staff Only

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: The collection also includes plans and reports issued by the Division of Academic Affairs.


  • 1976 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 1992 - 2018

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.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for materials authored or otherwise produced as official business of James Madison University is retained by James Madison University. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information, contact the Special Collections Reference Desk (

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.


8 cubic feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



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.


Documents are arranged into two series. Series 1 is organized alphabetically by program or department title, and further arranged chronologically. Series 2 is arranged chronologically.

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

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.

A Guide to Academic Affairs: Academic Program Reviews, 1976-present (bulk 1992-present)
Sarah Roth-Mullet
April 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the James Madison University Libraries Special Collections Repository

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MSC 1706
Harrisonburg Virginia 22807
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