Office of Academic Program Review, Assessment & Accreditation (OAPRAA)

OAPRAA’s mission is to aid Vanderbilt University in being “a center for scholarly research, informed and creative thinking, and service to the community at large” by supporting the twin efforts of maintaining compliance with federal regulations and engaging in continuous innovation across all of its initiatives, programs, and services.

Our Work

OAPRAA's work is generally categorized by one of the following strategic priorities:

The Assessment of Educational Programs, Administrative Offices, and Student Services Units

OAPRAA will provide training, advice, and support to the Vanderbilt community regarding best practices in the assessment of goals, objectives, and learning outcomes to promote continued innovation, improvement, and responsiveness.

The Process of Programmatic Change

OAPRAA will provide training, advice, and support to the Vanderbilt community regarding adding, closing, or making significant changes to full academic programs, and will be the repository of all program change proposals that constitute a substantive change as defined by our institutional accreditor. The OAPRAA team will facilitate the review of proposals in the PCCAP process and will communicate with relevant parties about its progress. Please read more about the process for Proposals to Create or Change Academic Programs (PCCAP) by clicking on the tile below.

For support in these areas, or for general inquiries, please email our shared inbox at OAPRAA@vanderbilt.edu or reach out to a member of the OAPRAA team. OAPRAA also maintains a Help Desk with additional information, including resources and a schedule of office hours.

Help Desk

Are you planning to start a new degree or certificate program? Are you planning modifications to existing programs, or planning to sunset one? Or do you have questions about best practices in program assessment to improve student learning outcomes and achievement?

Meet with OAPRAA Staff members for help with program change proposals (PCCAP) or for questions about program assessment.

Weekly recurring sessions may be accessed via Zoom following the links below.

In-person meetings are also welcomed; all applicable Covid protocols will be followed. Please email to schedule, or to schedule another zoom meeting if the times below are not convenient.


OAPRAA Team

  • Eric Cummings

    Eric Cummings

    Director

  • Matthew Sinclair

    Matthew Sinclair

    Solutions Manager

  • Talia Kolikant

    Talia Kolikant

    Program Coordinator