Existing Academic Program Offline Template Program Prioritization Fall 2015



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Existing Academic Program Offline Template
Program Prioritization – Fall 2015





NIU Academic Program Write-up Template – Existing Programs


The following offline template is available for use by department chairs, directors, and other program contacts involved in contributing to the existing academic program narratives. This offline template allows for an opportunity to draft responses collaboratively, prior to copying/pasting a finalized draft into the web-based data software, Prioritization Plus, which NIU is using to collect program data and related information as part of our program prioritization process. The offline template mirrors the online Prioritization Plus version in that it includes all eight academic criteria relevant to proposed programs, as well as the associated questions for each criterion. Please be aware that although the off-line template may be used to collaborate while drafting narratives, the final submission is required to be in an online format via Prioritization Plus. Program authors are advised to check with their approvers for any internal deadlines set by their colleges or divisions for program narrative submission.

To learn more about the Prioritization Plus system, visit the NIU Program Prioritization training page at http://go.niu.edu/pptraining



General Guidelines for Program Write-ups




  1. A maximum of 500 words are permitted per criterion narrative response, including criterion summary and responses to the associated criterion questions. The 500 words may be distributed as desired across the criterion questions and criterion summary. For example, the text drafted for the Criterion 1 summary and questions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 should not exceed 500 words.

  2. For each question, 1 chart or diagram may be uploaded to be included as images, each less than 1MB in size and recommended dimensions to be no larger than 500 pixels wide x 400 pixels high, .jpg, .png, or gif image file formats. If including images in your write-up, keep a copy of the images in a folder on your computer for easy uploading into the system.

  3. For each question, 1 supplemental data table may be added, each with a maximum size of 5 rows X 7 columns. Table data does not count against available word counts.

    Sample data table, depicting maximum allowed table size inputs, using fiscal years as row labels






Column Label 1

Column Label 2

Column Label 3

Column Label 4

Column Label 5

Column Label 6

Column Label 7

FY2011






















FY2012






















FY2013






















FY2014






















FY2015























Program Summary [limit 125 words]


Describe the program in 125 words or less, so those unfamiliar with the program will have a high level understanding of what the program is and who it serves.

Add program summary here, 125-word limit.


Criterion 1: Quality of Faculty and Faculty Outcomes [16%]

Criterion 1 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 1, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 1, which includes the criterion summary and questions 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4.

Add criterion 1 summary here, if desired.


Question: 1.1 Faculty Attributes -- Describe and discuss how faculty credentials, skills and capacities affect the quality of the program.


Add response to Question 1.1 Faculty Attributes here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 1. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source for program author to contact for supplemental data: Digital Measures Activity Insight

Question: 1.2 Exemplary Recognition -- Describe the recognition (e.g., honors and awards) the faculty bring to the program and institution in the area of professional and public service and other exemplary performance.


Add response to Question 1.2 Exemplary Recognition here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 1. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Digital Measures Activity Insight

Question: 1.3 Research and Artistry -- Describe and quantify the track record of the program faculty in producing research and artistry.


Add response to Question 1.3 Research and Artistry here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 1. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Digital Measures Activity Insight

Question: 1.4 Teaching -- Describe and provide measures for the quality and quantity of teaching.


Add response to Question 1.4 Teaching here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 1. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Criterion 2: Quality of Students and Student Outcomes [16%]



Criterion 2 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 2, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 2, which includes the criterion summary and questions 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5.

Add criterion 2 summary here, if desired.


Question: 2.1 Student Perceptions -- Discuss data on student perceptions, including but not limited to student satisfaction, student preparedness, and job placement.


Add response to Question 2.1 Student Perceptions here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 2. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 2.2 Student Performance -- Describe student performance and present student data for five years on external measures that your program has available (e.g., state/national exam scores, professional licensures, certification, admission to graduate/professional schools, professional honors or awards).


Add response to Question 2.2 Student Performance here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 2. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 2.3 Student Learning Outcomes -- Discuss data that are routinely collected as part of your assessment of student learning outcomes. Be sure to include employer satisfaction where available.


Add response to Question 2.3 Student Learning Outcomes here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 2. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Office of Assessment Services

Question: 2.4 Student Engagement -- Discuss trends in student engagement curricular and co-curricular activities (e.g., internships, Research Rookies, service learning, Study Abroad, etc.). Be sure to include both number of students involved and outcomes of activities in the discussion.


Add response to Question 2.4 Student Engagement here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 2. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning

Question: 2.5 Persistence and Graduation -- Discuss retention and graduation trends using the data provided. Where possible comment on appropriateness of time to degree.


Add response to Question 2.5 Persistence and Graduation here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 2. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Criterion 3: Financial Efficiency [11%]



Criterion 3 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 3, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 3, which includes the criterion summary and questions 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3.

Add criterion 3 summary here, if desired.


Question: 3.1 Peer Comparisons -- Describe your program’s resources as compared to your peer institutions. Use national benchmarking data where available.


Add response to Question 3.1 Peer Comparisons here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 3. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 3.2 Fundraising Revenue -- Comment on the fundraising revenue data provided and discuss opportunities that have been pursued or could be pursued by the program to increase development revenue.


Add response to Question 3.2 Fundraising Revenue here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 2. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 3.3 Costs and Revenues -- Discuss the trend of program costs (direct/indirect), and revenues as applicable.


Add response to Question 3.3 Costs and Revenues here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 2. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Criterion 4: Importance of the Program to the University Mission [16%]



Criterion 4 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 4, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 4, which includes the criterion summary and questions 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4.

Add criterion 4 summary here, if desired.


Question: 4.1 Teaching and Learning -- Describe how the program contributes to the promotion of excellence and engagement in teaching and learning.


Add response to Question 4.1 Teaching and Learning here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 4. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 4.2 Research and Artistry -- Describe how the program contributes to the promotion of excellence and engagement in research, scholarship, creativity and artistry.


Add response to Question 4.2 Research and Artistry here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 4. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Digital Measures Activity Insight, Academic Analytics

Question: 4.3 Outreach and Service -- Describe how the program contributes to the promotion of excellence and engagement in outreach and service.


Add response to Question 4.3 Outreach and Service here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 4. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Digital Measures Activity Insight

Question: 4.4 Role in Program Portfolio -- Explain why the program has an important role to play in the university’s program portfolio.


Add response to Question 4.4 Role in Program Portfolio here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 4. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Digital Measures Activity Insight, Academic Analytics

Criterion 5: Program Potential [11%]



Criterion 5 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 5, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 5, which includes the criterion summary and questions 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3.

Add criterion 5 summary here, if desired.


Question: 5.1 Improved Effectiveness -- Discuss opportunities that exist for improving the effectiveness of the program (consider shared resource opportunities with other programs or units, collaborative opportunities, etc).


Add response to Question 5.1 Improved Effectiveness here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 5. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 5.2 Interdisciplinary Efforts -- Discuss the interdisciplinary opportunities that could be undertaken by the program and how these could be achieved.


Add response to Question 5.2 Interdisciplinary Efforts here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 5. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 5.3 Disciplinary Efforts -- Describe the actions necessary in order to make the program exemplary in the discipline, if not already.


Add response to Question 5.3 Disciplinary Efforts here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 5. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: Digital Measures Activity Insight

Criterion 6: External Demand of the Program [11%]



Criterion 6 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 6, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 6, which includes the criterion summary and questions 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3.

Add criterion 6 summary here, if desired.


Question: 6.1 Career/Society Demand -- Describe the local, state, and national trends for this program (e.g., employer demand for the program, characteristics of prospective and enrolled students, appropriate level of credentials, etc.). Explain whether the trends indicate a continuing need or expansion of the program.


Add response to Question 6.1 Career/Society Demand here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 6. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Suggested source(s) for supplemental data: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Question: 6.2 Student Demand -- Describe the extent that the program is in demand by newly admitted students and potential students.


Add response to Question 6.2 Student Demand here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 6. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 6.3 Unmet Demand -- Describe the degree to which the demand for this program is being met by peer institutions or competing institutions and if they are experiencing the same kinds of enrollment numbers.


Add response to Question 6.3 Unmet Demand here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 6. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Criterion 7: Internal Demand for the Program [14%]



Criterion 7 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 7, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 7, which includes the criterion summary and questions 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3.

Add criterion 7 summary here, if desired.


Question: 7.1 Trends for Majors -- Discuss the enrollment trend and whether there are any expected changes in the future.


Add response to Question 7.1 Trends for Majors here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 7. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 7.2 Trends for Non-Majors -- Describe the percentage of program enrollment, in terms of credit hours generated, for these categories: minors, certificates, general education, or service purposes. If relevant, describe how the program contributes to the success of other programs.


Add response to Question 7.2 Trends for Non-Majors here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 7. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 7.3 Student Migration -- Discuss migration of students in and out of the major using the data provided.


Add response to Question 7.3 here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 7. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Criterion 8: Program’s Contribution to Diversity [5%]



Criterion 8 Summary


Provide overall summary response to criterion 8, if desired. Remember the 500-word limit shared for the complete narrative response to criterion 8, which includes the criterion summary and questions 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3.

Add criterion 8 summary here, if desired.


Question: 8.1 Student Diversity -- Discuss the diversity trend of students in the program and whether there are any expected changes in the future. Comment on recruitment and retention efforts to increase student diversity and the outcomes of those efforts.


Add response to Question 8.1 Student Diversity here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 8. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 8.2 Faculty Diversity -- Discuss the three-year diversity trend of faculty in the program and whether there are any expected changes in the future. Comment on recruitment and retention efforts to increase faculty diversity and the outcomes of those efforts.


Add response to Question 8.2 Faculty Diversity here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 8. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.

Question: 8.3 Diversity Actions -- Describe how the program is addressing the issues of inclusion and diversity through curriculum, research, and service.


Add response to Question 8.3 Diversity Actions here, following the shared 500-word count limit for all narrative responses to criterion 8. Each question response can include 1 chart or diagram as an image (maximum recommended dimensions 500 x 400 pixels) and 1 supplemental data table, 5 rows x 7 columns.













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