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Due to rising performance expectations and reduced resources, colleges face a range of difficult tradeoffs. Academic program review should play a central role in identifying opportunities to improve and guide the optimal allocation of resources—though many institutions consider it as a check-the-box formality. They instead focus on enforcing minimum standards rather than on measuring the relative contribution that each program makes to the institution’s overall mission. This initiative profiles how academic planners can use program review as a strategic tool. Readers will learn to select appropriate metrics, generate usable data, and build a budgeting process to maximize institutional success.