Texas Christian University’s goal to become a world class, values-centered university requires all curricular and co-curricular programs to be of high quality. This commitment to excellence is emphasized in the Division of Student Affairs’ Values Statement (2006). Incorporated in the Division’s overarching goals are a number of continuous quality enhancement strategies including the use of a systematic program review process designed to assess the overall organizational effectiveness of each Student Affairs program or department.
The original Comprehensive Departmental Evaluation (CDE) process, developed by Student Affairs Student Life Analytics in 2001, was primarily based on the 2001 Comprehensive Program Review guidelines published by the Division of Student Affairs at Southwest Texas State University (currently, Texas State University). However, various established program review models helped shape the current TCU process. These models included the Texas A&M University Student Affairs’ program review procedures, the Ohio State University Program Review Guidelines, the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence, and the Council on the Advancement of Standards (CAS) review criteria. The development of the original CDE process coincided with university re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).