September 30, 2013
As we move into FY14, the approach for the Program Prioritization Project (PPP) will be two-pronged. It will include 1) updating and evaluating academic data and 2) piloting a non-academic review process.
On the academic side, the baseline data will be updated through FY13. (The data for FY10-FY12 was added last year). The results of FY13’s baseline data will be evaluated to determine any changes in the rankings. It is anticipated there will be movement on new programs, once the new data is added. Programs that remain in the top and bottom of the rankings will undergo further analysis. We will also implement a new program development process that will have its own website managed by the Provost's Office to assist those who are interested in proposing a new program. There will be more to come on that in the next few weeks.
On the non-academic side, a process will be piloted, evaluating about half the offices and areas identified last year. The areas that will be reviewed are Development and Alumni Relations, Athletics, Facilities, and Student Affairs, as well as the Provost's Office (together these areas comprise 43 programs). Instructions will be provided to these areas in the next week on how to complete the review. Information gathered this year will be incorporated into FY15 when the other half of the programs will be reviewed. The purpose of program prioritization is to examine how we use our resources. The goal is to improve outcomes, where warranted and possible, through resource reallocation. The process will help us to find efficiencies and to redistribute resources, where needed; it is not intended as a mechanism for reducing staff.
Provost Eric Jensen and Assistant Provost Alice Dahl are available to attend meetings, as needed, to discuss the process.