Academic unit reviews are a critical element in continual improvement and are a core component of Higher Learning Commission accreditation.

Academic unit reviews:

  • assess the quality and effectiveness of academic departments and colleges
  • potentially modify the unit based upon the review
  • further the University and Academic Affairs strategic plans
  • inform ongoing unit-level planning

Hallmarks of good unit reviews are that they are evaluative, forward-looking, fair, transparent, and action-oriented.  Watch this brief video recording to gain helpful tips and sage advice from unit leaders who recently completed academic unit reviews.

Ball State University has committed to a five-year, cyclical academic unit review schedule. Detailed information is found in the Academic Unit Review Guidebook.

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Review Schedule

  • Biology
  • Center for Information and Communication Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Construction Management and Interior Design
  • Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling
  • Economics
  • Educational Psychology
  • Educational Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Marketing
  • Political Science
  • Special Education
  • Theatre and Dance
  • University College
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Finance and Insurance
  • History
  • Information Systems and Operations Management
  • Intensive English Institute
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Accounting
  • Communication Studies
  • Division of Online and Strategic Learning
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Modern Languages and Classics
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Urban Planning
  • Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
  • Indiana Academy
  • Journalism and Strategic Communications Graduate Programs
  • Management
  • Media
  • Music
  • Nutrition and Health Science
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • University Libraries
  • Virginia Ball Center (Entrepreneurial Learning)
  • Applied Business Studies
  • Art
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • English
  • Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources
  • Psychological Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Biology
  • Burris Laboratory School
  • Center for Information and Communication Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Construction Management and Interior Design
  • Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling
  • Economics
  • Educational Psychology
  • Geography and Meteorology
  • Kinesiology
  • Marketing
  • Political Science 
  • Special Education
  • Theatre and Dance
  • University College
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Educational Leadership
  • Elementary Education
  • Finance and Insurance
  • History
  • Information Systems and Operations Management
  • Intensive English Institute
  • Nursing
  • Rinker Center for Global Affairs
  • Women's, Gender, and African American Studies
  • Accounting
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Division of Online and Strategic Learning
  • Educational Studies
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • Journalism
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Modern Languages and Classics
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Urban Planning
  • Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
  • Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources
  • Indiana Academy
  • Journalism and Strategic Communications Graduate Programs
  • Management
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Media
  • Music
  • Nutrition and Health Science
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • University Libraries
  • Applied Business Studies
  • Art
  • Burris Laboratory School
  • Computer Sciences
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • English
  • Geography and Meteorology
  • Psychological Science
  • Rinker Center for Global Affairs
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Women's, Gender, and African American Studies

During the year of your unit review, monthly cohort meetings will be held to share information and data relevant to the unit review.

Want some help?

Contact Carole Kacius, Director of Assessment and Accreditation, to schedule an individual consultation if you would like assistance planning your upcoming unit review, writing your self-study, or creating your action plan. This informal, practical Zoom consultation will enable you to ask questions, plan your upcoming unit review, draft your self-study, and explore ways in which to make the unit review as meaningful and manageable as possible.