Program Evaluation

One of the primary goals of the Graduate School is to improve graduate education at NC State. Program evaluation offers a way of achieving that goal by providing guidance to improve individual programs. The Graduate School supports two main types of program evaluation outcomes assessment.

Outcomes Assessment of Graduate Programs

Directors of degree and certificate programs
As of spring 2015, a new process for outcomes assessment will be followed. Graduate programs have shifted from biennial reporting to annual reporting. And the procedure will adhere to a new university regulation and standard operating procedure. Please read the spring 2015 guide to the new outcomes reporting process that includes a timeline with deadlines for assessment reports.

Deans and department heads
This overview of the spring 2015 assessment process provides general information for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Newcomers to outcomes assessment
If you are new to outcomes assessment or would like a review of it, see this Introduction to Outcomes Assessment of Graduate Programs at NC State.

External Review of Graduate Programs

Information for Reviewers
The external review is very important to graduate education and research at NC State.

  • A diagram of the external review process provides a schematic overview of it.
  • In the external review, a team of reviewers consisting of one or more external reviewers, an internal reviewer, and a representative of the Graduate School produces a written report.
  • The Graduate School arranges flight and hotel reservations for external reviewers.

Information for DGPs and Department Heads
Preparation for the review and the follow-up activities after the review take about a year.

  • To find out when your program is slated for its next external review, see the Comprehensive Program Review Schedule.
  • A diagram of the external review process offers a schematic overview of it. A timeline describes the approximately one-year process.
  • The Graduate School, the department or program, and, where appropriate, the Division of Academic and Student Affairs each has its own responsibilities for the review.
  • You can use a checklist as a guide to preparing for the review.
  • A critical part of preparing for the review is writing a self-study document. Self-study guidelines provide help with that document. Associate Dean Carter can provide a Word version of the guidelines you can use a template. He will also work with you on drafting an agenda.
  • After the review, you can record progress in implementing the reviewers’ recommendations in your annual outcomes assessment reports.