• The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research (IEPR)

Program Reviews

Program Reviews - Non-accredited Programs

Academic program reviews at Middle Tennessee State University are designed to assess program quality and facilitate program improvement. The program review process is a regular, systematic review and evaluation of all academic programs not accredited by a THEC approved accrediting agency. These undergraduate and graduate programs are evaluated on a seven-year cyclic by an out-of-state consultant. The process is coordinated by the department chair in cooperation with the appropriate college and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Planning and Research. The provost's office participates in the review process and the subsequent follow up.

Program Review Calendar 2015-16 through 2021-22

The evaluations, similar to accreditation reviews, are based on standards established by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  The criteria for selecting a reviewer, and prior program reviews are available on the links below.

Reports from previous program reviews are available through MTSU Access Only section of this website.

Criteria for Selecting External Program Reviewers

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For undergraduate programs, reviewers are asked to evaluate the presence of 31 quality standards on a review checklist and prepare a written assessment.


Graduate programs are measured against objective and qualitative standards established by the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools. The eight objective standards, which are either met or not met, include items primarily related to students’ learning experience. Qualitative standards include the students’ learning experience, graduate faculty quality, teaching-learning environment, and program evaluation. Reviewers are also required to submit a narrative report.

If you have a question or feedback about the program reviews, please contact Dr. Jeff Hoyt at (615) 904-8011.

Academic Audit:

Departments have the choice of using the conventional program review or the Academic Audit. The Academic Audit focuses on processes used in administration of the academic program.