The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) coordinates a statewide system for the review of instructional programs. The Program Review Manuals, FY2017-2021, and the newly released FY2022-2026, provide guidelines and describe 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 Statewide Program Review is to:

  1. support strategic campus-level planning and decision-making related to instructional programming and academic support services, including but not limited to program revisions, program closures, and revisions to services;
  2. address inequities to support program improvement;
  3. support the delivery of locally responsive, cost-effective, high quality programs and services across Illinois’ community college system.

The manual, templates, and other resources are noted below. Scroll down to access the FY2022-2026 Program Review Manual and its accompanying templates.

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

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)

FY2022-2026 Program Review Cycle