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This section provides step-by-step guidance for individuals serving as external reviewers who contribute to a review of an undergraduate physics program. Such individuals advise departments and administrators about their current state of affairs, strategic objectives, and potential departmental actions within the context of common disciplinary practices and the institution. Along with advice on deciding whether to accept an invitation, there is guidance on preparing for and conducting a site visit, and developing a written report. Resources include a sample MOU for engaging an external reviewer for program review and a template for an external reviewer’s report. For advice for departments undertaking a program review, see the section on . Unlike most other sections of the EP3 guide, this section describes a sequential process and the Effective practices should be read and implemented in order.
External reviewers contribute to a department’s self assessment and planning by providing perspectives, feedback, and analysis of issues, as well as a peer review of departmental programs, policies, and strategies for advancement. They help share effective practices that benefit students and the wider physics community. Reviewers benefit directly by expanding their knowledge of community practices, learning how to apply effective practices in other contexts, and preparing for their own department reviews.