The Third World Center is completing a comprehensive program review. This program review was part of a larger planning exercise to identify the most pressing needs of students while visioning for the future. The objectives are threefold:
- Highlight best practices and assess areas of improvement in relation to the Center's mision, signature programs, and resources
- Determine connections between TWC programs and student satisfaction, learning, and retention
- Offer recommendations regarding the Center's name and strategic direction for immediate, short-term, and long-term implementation
The program review began in summer 2011 and consists of four parts: institutional buy-in, a self-study, external review, and strategic plan.
Institutional buy-in involved formal presentations and dialogues with student, administrative, and alumni groups.
The self-study was an internal review consisting of student assessment, staff assessment, alumni assessment, and benchmarking.
The external review took place March 7-8, 2013. The external review team consisted of Dr. Felicia Lee, Chief of Staff at the University of California, Berkeley, and Mr. Rafael Zapata, Associate Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer at Providence College. At the conclusion of their visit, they shared emerging themes and initial reflections with senior administrators, self-study reviewers, and the TWC staff. Then, Dr. Lee and Mr. Zapata submitted a report to Dean Almandrez on April 27.
On June 10, Dean Almandrez sent the reviewers a formal response.
The last part of the program review is the development of a long-term strategic plan, which begins July 2013.