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Academic Program Review (APR)

Program reviews are the primary means by which the university evaluates the effectiveness of its units in teaching, research/creative activity, and service. The campus administration participates in the reviews and treats the process and the outcomes very seriously. Documents from the reviews, including the self-study, reviewers’ reports, and follow-up discussions, are archived in the Office of the Provost and referred to frequently. Progress toward goals is evaluated with a Mid-Cycle Review (MCR). Program reviews primarily examine 12 program dimensions.



  • 8 Step APR Timeline – If my chosen review dates are September 18-20, here’s my timeline. Form – 8 Step APR Timeline.
  • For your reference, here is a 2023 Self-Study Template and a model self-study. The final self-study will be created in the HelioCampus platform. At mid-cycle, departments submit an update report that highlights progress toward goals and changes in the department since the last review. This report has no template, though we can share a model update report.
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) checklists for baccalaureate and graduate programs are completed by external reviewers during the review. Note: Checklists items are based on the state’s Quality Assurance Funding standards, which are reexamined every five years (current cycle, 2020-2025).
  • 12 Program Dimensions – Scope of the review team report; includes sources of evidence


2023-2024 Program Reviews

(jump to 2024-2025 Program Reviews)

Full Review – Academic Unit Current Status
Department of English

  • Karin Westman, Kansas State University
  • Emma Lipton, University of Missouri
  • Luis Cano, World Languages and Cultures, UT Knoxville
Review team visit February 26-28, 2024. 
Department of Animal Science

  • Francis Fluharty, University of Georgia
  • Richard Coffey, Oklahoma State
  • Chris Boyer, Agricultural Economics, UT Knoxville
Review team visit March 4-6, 2024.
School of Natural Resources

  • Donald Grebner, Mississippi State University
  • Robert Swihart, Purdue University
  • Charles Sims, Department of Economics, UT Knoxville
Review team visit March 25-27, 2024. 
Department of Mathematics

  • Ambar Sengupta, University of Connecticut
  • Peter Olver, University of Minnesota
  • Tony Mezzacappa, Department of Physics, UT Knoxville
Review team visit April 1-3, 2024.
Department of Life Sciences

  • Shin-Han Shiu, Michigan State University
  • John Heidelberg, University of Southern California
  • Chunlei Su, Department of Microbiology, UT Knoxville
Review team visit April 8-10, 2024.
Department of Child and Family Studies


  • Ming Cui, Florida State University
  • Michelle Toews, Kansas State University
  • Jessica Hay, Department of Psychology, UT Knoxville
Review team visit April 15-14, 2024. 
Mid-Cycle Review – Academic Unit
Agricultural and Resource Economics

  • Barry Barnett, University of Kentucky
  • Steven Deller, University of Wisconsin
  • Christopher Stripling, Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication, UT Knoxville
Review team visit complete. Review team received. Academic unit response due: January 2, 2024.
Department of Psychology & Neuroscience

  • Cindy Carlson, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Don RojasColorado State University
  • Courtney Cronley, College of Social Work, UT Knoxville
Review team visit complete. Review team report due: December 18, 2023.
Department of Chemistry

  • Jonathan Amster, University of Georgia
  • Jim Tanko, Virginia Tech
  • Jen Schweitzer, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UT Knoxville
Review team visit complete. Review team report due: December 18, 2023.

2024-2025 Program Reviews

Academic Program Reviews: Spring 2025
Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
College Scholars Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Educational Psychology & Counseling Geography
History Interdisciplinary Programs
Nursing Physics & Astronomy
Plant Sciences Political Science
Pre-Professional Programs Theory & Practice in Teacher Education
Mid-Cycle Reviews: Fall 2024

(Full Review: 2018-2019)

Biology Bredesen Center (Data Science & Engineering)
Bredesen Center (Energy Science & Engineering) Ecology & Evolutionary Biology 

2025-2026 Program Reviews

2026-2027 Program Reviews

2027-2028 Program Reviews

2028-2029 Program Reviews



Questions about the program review process? Contact Cora Ripley.