Operating Code for Doctoral Program Evaluation Committee


General Duties


The Doctoral Program Committee is a standing committee of the Academy as set forth in the By-Laws Article IX, Section 5f. It shall be composed of five Active Fellows of the Academy, one of whom is designated as Chair by the President. Members serve a four-year term with no more than one additional consecutive term if so requested by the President.


Purposes of the Committee


  1. The Committee coordinates the doctoral review process conducted by the Academy.


  1. The Committee is responsible for promoting and enhancing graduate education programs in the study and educational applications of the art and science of human movement and physical activity, consistent with the broader purpose of the Academy.


The Doctoral Program Review Process


The Standing Committee on Doctoral Programs:

  1. Carries out the Academy ‘doctoral review process’ on a five-year cycle:
    1. Organizing and supervising the process including revising the list of institutions invited to participate;
    2. Recommending to the NAK Executive Committee the participation fee to charge institutions;
    3. Recommending to the Executive Committee a scholar(s) to organize, analyze, and provide the data to the Doctoral Program Committee [note: the scholar preferably should be an Academy Fellow with appropriate measurement and statistical expertise but who is not located at an institution offering a doctoral degree in kinesiology;
    4. Presenting the results at the appropriate annual Academy meeting;
    5. Placing the results on the Academy website;
    6. Developing a paper on the process and results for publication.


  1. Evaluates the ‘doctoral program review process’ in the two years following each review and recommends needed changes to the Executive Committee.


  1. Reports appropriate information to the Executive Committee and members at the Academy Business meeting annually.


  1. Periodically compares the Academy ‘doctoral program review’ outcomes with those of other national graduate program evaluations.


  1. Meets in person in January or February in the fourth year of the evaluation cycle with the statistician to plan the upcoming evaluation. The committee may on occasion request funding for an additional meeting to discuss any/all of its purposes and activities.