Academic Program Review

EWU’s academic program review is a multi-year process designed to evaluate our array of academic offerings to ensure they align with student demand and the regional need for graduates. The process includes examining a number of data points for potential efficiencies, as well as gathering feedback from across campus and the community to inform the analysis. All programs will be participating to ensure a fair and equitable process as we adapt to a changing environment. 

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), EWU’s institutional accrediting body, requires that all academic programs be reviewed on a regular basis.

Academic program review is designed to achieve the following:

  • Accountability to students, faculty, staff, and the public-at-large
  • An evaluation of the program’s strengths and challenges conducted by the following:
    • Faculty in the program
    • The Program Review Committee
    • An external reviewer (i.e., a scholar in the discipline from another university)
  • Program improvement
  • Generation of data to inform decisions about the program, faculty, and students
  • Curricular revitalization
  • Planning
Program Review Guidelines Docket

Below are the report and supplemental documents that EAB delivered to EWU administration on October 1, 2020:

  1. EAB’s written report and analysis (PDF file): Financial Sustainability – EWU Academic Affairs Budget Analysis and Findings – FINAL
  2. EWU majors analysis (Excel file): EWU Undergraduate Majors Analyzed – FINAL
  3. EWU majors, institutional value scores (Excel file): EWU Majors-Institutional Value Scores -FINAL
  4. Faculty workload opportunity/efficiency assessment (Excel file): Faculty Workload Opportunity Assessment-FINAL Anonymized
  5. Course capacity opportunity/efficiency assessment (Excel file): Course Capacity Opportunity Assessment-FINAL
  6. EWU tripwire analysis (Excel file): EWU – Tripwire Analysis – 5.1.20

Below is the provost’s proposal for program review and discontinuation, delivered to the Program Review Committee on October 14, 2020:

Proposal for PRD (PDF file): Proposal for PRD


  • Music BME moved from II.A. Program Discontinuation list to II.B. Consolidation and Program Revision list because of high credit requirement (October 16, 2020)
  • GWSS BA moved off II.A. Program Discontinuation list because of ongoing consideration of program structure (October 16, 2020)
  • Athletic Training MS moved off II.A. Program Discontinuation list to allow time for this new program to develop (November 19, 2020)
  • Manufacturing Technology BS moved off II.A. Program Discontinuation list because of discovered error in data related to program name change (January 8, 2021)

October 26, 2020: Report of fall 2020 declared majors, based on 10th-day census data (Excel file): Fall 2020 Majors

May 14, 2021: Provost’s recommendation to the president on program review and discontinuation: Provost’s PRD Recommendation May 2021

May 19, 2021: President’s recommendation to the Board of Trustees on program review and discontinuation: President’s PRD Recommendation May 2021.

June 24, 2021: The EWU Board of Trustees unanimously approved the administration’s Program Review recommendation.