Primary Functions of Program Director

The program director is responsible for the total curriculum of his/her program, and charged with aiding the students in meeting all requirements for that program.

Curriculum Management and Coordination

  1. Take leadership in developing, evaluating, and revising the curriculum for the program in consultation with the program advisory committee and dean
  2. Meet and monitor certification and accreditation requirements in consultation with the dean
  3. Prepare accreditation report/materials
  4. Include requirements and changes mandated by campus policy into the program
  5. Work collaboratively with department chairs on course scheduling and sequencing
  6. Oversee the development of cohort/customized instruction (if applicable)


  •     New/expanded/revised program and course offerings

Coordinate Program Assessment

  1. In conjunction with the faculty, develop and implement an assessment plan for the major
  2. Submit annual assessment report; share with stakeholders
  3. Prepare PRC report every seven years
  4. Cooperate with BPA in follow-up studies of graduates and develop program-specific survey questions
  5. Perform other program improvement activities deemed necessary by the program advisory committee and/or dean


  •     Assessment-in-the-major activities
  •     PRC and accreditation approval and acceptance
  •     Placement rate
  •     Graduate satisfaction
  •     Employer satisfaction

Coordinate Recruitment

  1. Collaborate with the Admissions Office or Graduate School to develop and implement program-specific recruitment activities and materials
  2. Undergraduate Program Directors: collaborate with Admissions on recruitment of transfer students and development of articulation agreements with technical colleges


  • Enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students in program

Partnership Development

  1. Develop sites for student experiential learning, including co-ops, internships and field experiences
  2. Collaborate with the Career Services office in the employment of graduates
  3. Assist University Advancement and dean with identifying potential funding for scholarships and equipment donations


  • Experiential learning site development
  • Student participation in experiential learning

Academic Advisement and Student Retention

  1. Collaborate with the Advisement Center on first-year advisement
  2. Collaborate with department chair on faculty advising assignments
  3. Provide orientation and ongoing training for faculty advisors
  4. Coordinate with faculty advisors to monitor student progress in meeting program requirements
  5. Undergraduate Program Directors: develop and update the four-year plan and three-year plan (if applicable)
  6. Graduate Program Directors: assist in determining investigation advisor for thesis/graduate research


  • Quality of centralized advisement
  • Student satisfaction surveys
  • PRC reports


  1. Serve on the school/college administrative council and participate in other leadership opportunities
  2. Chair the program advisory committee; ensure appropriate membership on committee


  • Annual program goals
  • Program advisory committee meeting minutes