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Five-Year Reviews

The purpose of our five-year reviews is to observe, assess, and strengthen academic programs, centers, and administrative units on campus. Reviews occur once every 5 years. Evaluation of each program or unit is conducted through a self-study process that is reviewed by both an internal campus review team and an external reviewer. Endowed and Curators’ Professors are also reviewed in a similar process.

The review process aligns with the campus strategic compacts of ensuring Excellence in Student Success and Excellence in Research and Creative Works, as well as our core values of inclusion, innovation, access, and engagement. Reviews also complement the current Curriculum Alignment Process and the Program Prioritization process.

The University of Missouri System requires an examination of the activities of programs with attention given to teaching and research. The University of Missouri's Collected Rules and Regulations have policies on program review and program audit. To implement those policies the University of Missouri-St. Louis has conducted program reviews since 1983.

Program review has evolved significantly since then into a much more sophisticated and serious part of our overall assessment plan and we continue to make adjustments to the process. How the campus community feels about the reviews is another indication of our quality.

Programs, centers, and units are reviewed on a five-year cycle with reviews occurring in the fall and spring semesters.

One year before the review: Departments/units/centers who will be reviewed are notified and asked to submit a list of potential external reviewers by end of the semester. Faculty Fellow meets with units to answer questions, set potential review dates, and give an overview of the process.

Semester before review: External reviewer and campus review teams are assembled and a review date is finalized. Self-studies are written.

Six weeks before the review date: Submission of a Self-Study Report to the Faculty Fellow

Review Date: External reviewer visits the unit and completes a review, along with the campus review team.  within 14 days of visit written reports are submitted by external reviewers. Both the College and the Provost’s Office will receive the report.

Four weeks after review date: External Reviewer submits their report to the Faculty Fellow, who passes the report along to the Provost, Dean (if applicable), and Campus Review Team.

Seven weeks after review date: Campus Review Team submits their report to the Faculty Fellow, who passes the report along to the Provost, and Dean (if applicable). At this time both reports are submitted to the unit.

Following Semester: Units write their Unit Response and submit it to the Faculty Fellow. A closing meeting with the Provost, Dean (if applicable), Chair of the unit, and Faculty Fellow is set.

The Provost’s Office supports the travel and honoraria expenses, while each unit is responsible for supporting the cost of the breakfast and lunch for the review date.

Travel and Review Expenses: The Provost’s Office handles all travel and lodging expenses, as well as up to $150 for dinner the night before the review with the unit chair, external reviewer, and chair of the campus review team.

Honoraria: The Provost’s Office will processes the honoraria ($500 per reviewer) for all external reviewers after the external review report has been submitted.

Breakfast and Lunch Expenses: All departments/centers/units are responsible for paying for the breakfast for the review launch meeting and the working lunch for the review team. The Faculty Fellow will coordinate with each chair on what items they would like to order and place the order for them using their MO mode.

Each department/unit/center will need to summarize assessment data in their self-study. Data can be accessed using the Tableau website. To login enter your SSOID and password.

If you are accessing Academic Analytics in Tableau be sure to do the following:

  • On the Academic Analytics Career Progression Data dashboard, select only one fiscal year to obtain a valid mean Scholarly Research Index (SRI).
  • The Comparison Group selection affects only the Academic Analytics Department Ranking Data and Academic Analytics Career Progression Data dashboards.

From the IR website you can also access:

Comparator Universities
(Includes UM Campuses)
Urban 13 Group
California State University-Sacramento
Cleveland State University
CUNY City College
Florida Agricult & Mechanical Univ
Georgia State University
Indiana University-Purdue-Indianapolis
Portland State University
Temple University
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
University of Houston-University Park
University of Illinois-Chicago
University of Massachusetts-Boston
University of New Orleans
University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wayne State University
UM Campuses
UM-Kansas City
Missouri S & T
UM-St. Louis
Minter Peer List
Cleveland State University
Florida International University
George Mason University
Georgia State University
Illinois State University
Indiana State University
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
Kent State University
Northern Illinois University
Oakland University
Old Dominion University
Portland State University
San Diego State University
The University of Texas at Arlington
University of Akron Main Campus
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Colorado at Denver
University of Houston-University Park
University of Massachusetts-Boston
University of Memphis
University of Missouri-St. Louis
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
University of New Orleans
University of South Florida
University of Toledo
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
Wichita State University
Wright State University-Main Campus


If you have any questions or need additional data you may also access the Institutional Research website  or contact Carol Sholy (