Volume 12, Number 10 January 21, 2005

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Latest SPR results show mix of strong & weak academic programs

The latest results of the University’s Systematic Program Review (SPR) show fundamental changes are required to address deficiencies in a number of programs, including Native Studies and most degree offerings in Language and Linguistics.

The results, released Jan. 17, show a grade of C attached to both the BA and MA programs in Native Studies based on the quality of the curriculum, faculty, infrastructure, learning environment and outcomes as well as the demand for the program, the use of resources and the relevance in Saskatchewan. Programs are placed in categories from A to D with a C going to those described by reviewers as minimally adequate or weak. The BA programs in Spanish, French, German, Russian and Linguistics also received Cs, while Ukrainian and the MA French program were given Ds. With a D comes the requirement to consider termination.

Set up by University Council in 1999, SPR involves a self-study by the program being reviewed, a site visit, report by a review team made up of internal and external members, response from college deans and program heads, and a decision on a final category for the program.

The latest review also included the BA and BFA Drama programs which each received a B, as did four Kinesiology programs – B.Sc.(Kin), B.Sc.(Kin)/B.Ed, M.Sc., and PhD. The B category includes strong programs that need some improvement.

In announcing the results, Provost and Vice President Academic Michael Atkinson warned against focusing on the assigned grade for each programs: “The greatest benefit from the SPR process comes from the detailed reports our reviewers provide and the advice they contain.”

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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