The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) coordinates a statewide system for the review of instructional programs. The Program Review Manual 2017-2021 provides guidelines and describes reporting methods for statewide review of instructional programs by community colleges.

The Statewide Program Review System recognizes that individual colleges have the primary responsibility to evaluate instructional programs, to make decisions about improvement and continuation, assure that program review results are considered in campus planning and budget development, and to report results to the Illinois Community College Board. The purpose of program review submissions at the statewide level is to support campus-level planning and decision-making related to:

  • Assuring the continuing need and improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of instructional programs;
  • Assessing, improving, and updating programs on a regular basis;
  • Discontinuing programs when there is no longer sufficient demand, quality cannot be maintained at an acceptable level, or they are no longer cost effective; and to
  • Identify best practices, exemplary innovations, and program issues that need to be addressed at the state-level by the ICCB.

The Program Review Manual and review instruments for the 2017-2021 cycle are below. Effective June 2019, the manual has been slightly revised to better facilitate the statewide program review process. This manual should inform program review submissions due to the ICCB on September 1, 2020. Institutions may use this template and its revisions for the submission due September 1, 2019 if they so choose, but it is not required.

2017-2021 Statewide Program Review Manual (revised June 2019)

2017-2021 Statewide Program Review Manual (original)

Overview of Program Review Manual Revisions June 2019


Program Review FAQ

Annual Program Review Template

Advancing Program Review: External Evaluation, Findings, and Recommendations

In collaboration with the participation of 49 experts from community colleges across the state and ICCB, the Office of Community College Research and Leadership (OCCRL) conducted a participatory evaluation of the ICCB program review process, with a focus on career and technical education programs. Preliminary findings from that process include 1) key environmental and institutional factors that vary among colleges statewide that must be accounted for in the program review design; 2) five critical design challenges and ideas for addressing them; and 3) design considerations for advancing the program review moving forward.

Program Review Illinois

The ICCB has contracted with OCCRL to provide a space for networking, discussion, and additional resources to the field on program review.

Student Services Program Review Webinar

High-Quality CTE Programming Presentation (11.16.18)

Program Review Webinar Recording (12.12.17)

Program Review Webinar Presentation (12.12.17)