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Academic Program Prioritization
A thoughtful, comprehensive approach of reviewing, evaluating and prioritizing
academic programs and support functions.

Two Realities of Reform:

We need to rethink our purposes, our strategies and our


The most likely source for needed resources is reallocation of
existing resources

Paradigm shifts

Seat time vs learning

Quality as inputs vs. Quality as Outputs

Internal validation vs. External validation

Open vs. Shared curriculum

Funding needs vs. Funding opportunities

Focusing on Programs as the Unit of

Academic programs drive campus costs

Programs have grown despite relative worth

Most campuses trying to do too much

Incongruence between programs/resources

Across-the-board cuts = Mediocrity

Reallocation of resources is required

Reallocation requires responsible prioritization

Not All Programs Are Equal

Some are more effective

Some are more efficient

Some are more central to the mission

The Price of Academic Program Bloat for All is Impoverishment
of Each

Program Prioritization Permits:

Analysis focused on pre-selected criteria

Concentration on resource development & resource utilization,
independent of structure

Focus on efficiency, effectiveness and centrality to mission

Identify opportunities to increase revenue, decrease expenses,
improve quality, and strengthen reputation

Weighting the Prioritization Criteria

External demand for the program


Quality of outcomes


Size, scope, and productivity of the program


Impact, justification, and overall essentiality of the program


Costs and other expenses associated with the program

Weighting the Prioritization Criteria

Internal demand for the program


Revenue and other resources generated by the program


History, development, and expectations of the program


Quality of program inputs and processes


Opportunity analysis of the program

To Analyze External Demand for the

IPEDS Reports: Enrollments

Online trends

US Department of Labor projections

Employer feedback

State/regional needs; economic development data

Student application information

Marketing surveys

Program added or cancelled at nearby rival institutions

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