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. This page focuses on the two main forms of program evaluation supported by the Graduate School, the external review and outcomes assessment.

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
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. DGPs and department heads 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 biennial outcomes assessment reports.

Outcomes Assessment of Graduate Programs

NC State has been involved in outcomes assessment of graduate programs for many years. All graduate programs are expected to have assessment plans and to submit outcomes assessment reports every two years. If you area new to outcomes assessment or would like a review of it, see this Introduction to Outcomes Assessment of Graduate Programs at NC State.