Program Review


Sitting Bull College (SBC) Curriculum Committee decided in spring 2008 to implement an ongoing process of integrated planning and program review processes with linkages to resource allocation. This effort is a collaboration with the Assessment Committee, Institutional Data Coordinator, administration, faculty, and staff.


The program review process focuses on evaluation, planning and improvement to help serve students better. The Program Review process at Sitting Bull College is supervised by the Dean of Academics and provides a framework within which to review, evaluate, and formulate goals for each program. This process is an important component of institutional evaluation, planning, and resource allocation; therefore, the dialogue, constructive participation and cooperation of all members of the faculty, staff, and administration are encouraged.

Program Review is, by intent, an opportunity for members of the faculty, staff, and administration to review and strengthen their own programs to better serve students, rather than a mechanism for punitive scrutiny. Program review also provides a means for examining new programs for possible adoption.


Program Evaluation, the first objective of Program Review at Sitting Bull College, is accomplished through a comprehensive, structured, documented, and periodic self-study of each program’s performance. Self-study is an opportunity to demonstrate good performance, to identify areas in need of development or revision, and to maintain and improve the quality and scope of instruction and services.

Program Planning is the second objective of Program Review at Sitting Bull College. It is accomplished through the development of a program plan, including both short-term and long- term goals. It includes evaluation of potential programs.


Program Review is coordinated with the following processes:
1. Accreditation: The Program Review process addresses requirements included in the Higher Learning Commission standards for the systematic evaluation by the institution of the effectiveness of courses, programs, services, leadership, and use of resources.

2. Educational Planning: Planning documents that are prepared by each program through the Program Review process are integrated into the plan.

3. Assessment Analysis: Program review is supported by the documents prepared annually and submitted to the Assessment Committee. This facilitates utilization of assessment results.

4. Budget Development: Resource needs identified through the Program Review process are the basis for individual program budgets, facilities, and staffing proposals and guide the allocation of financial resources to these programs.

5. Institutional Research: Program Review is supported by research and integrates planning, evaluation, and resource allocation.