In the spirit of continuous improvement, departments within the division of student affairs participate in a program review process every five years. The department conducts an internal review based on CAS Standards unless another body governs the contents of such a review (such as the NCAA and athletics).
CAS has published 40 Self-Assessment Guides (SAGs) to provide a basic framework for conducting program self-studies. The SAGs are intended to be altered as needed to meet the needs of individual programs, but all SAGs examine the same 14 core parts: mission, program, leadership, human resources, ethics, legal responsibilities, equity and access, diversity, organization and management, campus and external relations, financial resources, technology, facilities and equipment, and assessment and evaluation. Visit the Student Affairs Intranet (UWF login required) to access specific CAS SAGs.
The director then convenes an external team, including one context expert outside of UWF, who reviews the internal document and interviews staff and other constituents. A final report is generated with outcomes and action steps that are reviewed on an annual basis with the director's supervisor until the next review cycle.
To provide support and guidance to programs undergoing the review process the Student Affairs Assessment Team recommends a shadowing process. This process encourages staff who will be responsible for upcoming program reviews to observe the steps and processes, become familiar with the self-study process and identify best practices to be repeated.
Additionally, CAS has developed an eLearning resource to educate departments on the CAS Program Review Process. This resource is located under the Professional Development Section of the Student Affairs Intranet (UWF login required).