Program Review Administration

Welcome to the Program Review Module of Watermark Planning & Self Study tool. In this area, you’ll be able to set up your Program Review Cycles, create reusable templates by customizing our pre-built best practices Program Review template, and launch Program Review so your leads can begin their work to guide the development of academic programs on a continuous basis.


Tools for Program Review Administrator

The program review tool enables the program review administrators to:
  • Create reusable templates for use in program reviews
  • Create program review cycles and schedule upcoming program review schedules
  • Launch and distribute the program review template so that leads can create their program review reports

Program Review Homepage

When the program review administrator logs in, they see Program review in the side menu on the homepage. Once they are on the Program review page, they can create a Program review template or a program review cycle.


Program review administrators can view the templates workspace by clicking on the “Templates” button on the Program Review Homepage. Here, they can create or edit reusable templates which can be used in multiple programs reviews. Templates that are not in use can also be deleted from this space.


Template Creation

Administrators can create new templates by clicking on the “Create Template” button.
Here they are able to see Category and Section title and their corresponding reflection questions/prompts. The template is pre-loaded with default categories and reflection questions. Users also have the ability to add new Sections and prompts in any of the categories by clicking on the "Add Section" button.

Every prompt has an Include and Omit radio button and administrators can choose to select or omit any reflection question for the Program Review cycle. The changes made in the template are specific to that particular template.

There are edit buttons right next to the prompts/questions so that users can edit or add new reflection questions. The categories and prompts that were added by using the "Add Section" button will have different options to edit. This modal window will have the option to change the Category, Section title or add/edit the prompts.
Each section that pulls data from other modules of P&SS are marked with a “Smart Connection” tag and hovering over the tag displays the details of what data is being pulled and from which module of P&SS.



Program Review Creation

Once they are on the Program review page, they can create a Program review cycle by clicking on the Create Program Review button. This creation page has four mandatory fields:
  1. Program Review Title: Here the administrators can enter the title for the program review. The title should be unique. Unlike earlier, the program review title is not auto-populated.
2. Program Review Period: Select the Program Review period by selecting the reporting year. This will impact the data coming into the space for those programs to work with. The last year of the cycle should be the Semester the program review is due for completion. You can just select this year if you don’t have cycle data from previous years. Users also have the ability to create new reporting years here, without going out of the Program Review module.

3. Programs Under Review: Here the users need to select the academic programs or other units for the cycle. They also have the option to Assign Leads to the programs. As of this time, this module is most optimized for individual academic degree programs and it is our recommendation to do the report at this level. However, you can use this space for any type of unit and make needed modifications to the template.


4. Templates: All the templates created under “Templates” workplace are listed here for selection. Administrators can select an appropriate template to be used in the program review. If there are no templates present in the system, a link is displayed from which the users can create a template on-the-fly without navigating to the Templates workspace.
After selecting all the mandatory fields and clicking the “Create Program Review” button, an alert modal is displayed from where users can opt to launch the program review immediately or just save it and launch it at a later time.

If a user clicks on the “Launch Later” button, the program review is just saved. You can create additional cycles. This will allow you to easily see when Programs are coming up for review over time. You can go back to Edit or Launch Program Reviews at any time prior to launch. If a user opts to launch immediately by clicking “Launch Now” button, this will launch the Program Review. The leads of the selected programs are notified through email about the launched program review. From this point onwards, contributors (assessment leads) will start to see the launched Program Review on their home page and can access and start to work on it.
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