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Academic Program Review 2014

College of Architecture and Planning



In October 2014, the College of Architecture and Planning hosted a regularly scheduled review of its programs, as mandated by the Board of Regents for every program in the University of Colorado. This review is meant to ensure that all CU programs are of high quality, and it also provides a great opportunity for the College to obtain external advice on its current programs and future plans.

Since three of our College graduate programs are externally accredited (MArch, MURP, MLA), we were allowed to focus most of the attention of this review on the programs that are not externally accredited: the PhD in Design and Planning, Master of Urban Design, Master of Science degree in Historic Preservation, and the Bachelor of Science in Architecture. We asked the team to meet with members of our two accredited programs that were gearing up for accreditation reviews, the MLA and MURP, for advice as they prepared. We did not ask the team to meet with Master of Architecture faculty and students; this is because the MArch program had its accreditation review underway, with their report already submitted and the team visit scheduled for March 2015.


To prepare for this review, our various college administrators prepared a self-study in response to a standard template of questions posed by the Vice Chancellor’s office. The self-study essentially explains all of our programs, and talks a little about future plans or challenges we face. Here are the components:


The review consisted of a visit on October 27-28, 2014, by an external panel of faculty selected from universities outside CU Denver, and an internal panel of faculty from within CU Denver but outside of our College. Please click here for information about the review team members.

They read the self-study, and met with university administrators and College faculty and students, to provide opportunities for comments and questions. Here is the visit schedule: 


Finally, the review team has written a report with observations and recommendations to the Provost:

CAP Academic Program Review Panel Report


The program review is meant to be both evaluative and developmental. That is, the review panel offered comments on what we are currently doing, but also engaged in discussions about where we are headed. We are grateful for useful information for refining and developing our programs. 


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