West Virginia Northern Community College

Offices and Services

Academic Program Review

The WV Council for Community & Technical College Education requires a review of academic programs at least once every five years. WV Nothern takes the responsibility for the quality of or academic programs further than what the state requires. The college is in the process of implementing a more robust instructional program review process that uses definable and measureable ways to demonstrate effectiveness. The process is intended as a growth and improvement mechanism that will improve Northern’s evidence-based decision-making with regard to academic programs.

The program review process evaluates criteria in each of the following areas:

  • Mission, Goals and Demand
  • Curriculum
  • Student Enrollment, Persistence, Achievement and Satisfaction
  • Learning (within individual courses and practical settings)
  • Faculty Credentials, Teaching Effectiveness, & Professional Advancement
  • Resources and Services
  • Financial Resources

 In addition to examining patterns of student enrollment, retention, and goal achievement rates the review process employs other evaluative methods and resources such as:

  • Program advisory committee reviews
  • Labor market reports (includes CIP and SOC code review)
  • Program summaries, syllabi, and transfer agreements
  • Accrediting and regulatory agency requirements
  • Licensure and certification exams
  • Graduation surveys
  • Course assessment reports
  • Faculty vitas
  • Student course evaluations


Awards and Accreditations