External Consultant’s Role
The external consultant’s role is to serve as a content expert in the discipline being reviewed. The other committee members look to the external consultant for information about current trends in the discipline and opportunities for external funding. They also count on the external consultant to provide the following key information:
The external consultant provides a written report to the committee but is not a voting member of the committee.
One external consultant will be selected for units with programs without any external accreditation. Two external consultants will be selected for units with doctoral or other programs with sufficient diversity in their specialized offerings.
Selecting External Consultants
The Dean of a college shall consult with department faculty members and the chair/director of the unit being reviewed. The faculty members will identify a list of four candidates, ranked in the order of preference, who would be appropriate to serve as an external consultant for the unit. The list should be submitted to the chair/director who may wish to add additional comments before forwarding the list of candidates to the Dean of the College.
The following information is required for each external consultant nominated by the department undergoing review:
Names of external consultant candidates should be submitted on the nomination table template by the College Dean to the Office of Academic Planning by mid-October. The required information listed above should be submitted electronically along with the nomination table.
The Program Review Committee will vote to select the external consultant and will submit the name and contact information to the Vice Provost for Academic Planning, who will then issue a letter of invitation to the external consultant and confirm acceptance and availability.Return to Program Review website.