Many institutions and state systems have launched program prioritization plans under the guidance or influence of Robert Dickeson’s model as represented in his book, Prioritizing Academic Programs and Services: Reallocating Resources to Achieve Strategic Balance (Jossey-Bass, 2010). Robert Dickeson presented a workshop to the Idaho State Board of Education on May 15, 2013. On May 16, 2013, the State Board of Education approved a motion to direct the four-year Idaho institutions “to institute a prioritization of programs process consistent with Dickeson’s prioritization principles and … to use a quintile prioritization approach and communicate to the Board the criteria and weighting to be used after consultation with their respective campuses” (Office of the Idaho State Board of Education Memo, May 17, 2013).
Examples of program prioritization plans are listed below with links to the plans and campus materials.
Institutional Program Prioritization Plans
Appalachian State University: http://academicaffairs.appstate.edu/program-prioritization
University of Arizona: http://provost.arizona.edu/az_transformation_plan
Indiana State University: http://www.indstate.edu/academicaffairs/program_prioritization.htm
Humboldt State University: http://academicaffairs.appstate.edu/program-prioritization
Kansas State University: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/programming/p.aspx?tabid=359
University of Nebraska: http://nebraska.edu/docs/reports/prioritizationplan.pdf
University of the Pacific: http://www.pacific.edu/About-Pacific/AdministrationOffices/Office-of-the-President/University-Budget/Funding-Our-Future/Draft-Reallocation-Process-and-Draft-Program-Prioritization-Process.html
Southern Connecticut State University: http://www.southernct.edu/academics/graduate/facultystaff/program-prioritization.html
Tennessee State University: http://ww2.tnstate.edu/ap/
Washington State University: http://alt.wiche.edu/node/63; http://academic-prioritization.wsu.edu/decisions/
Western Carolina University: http://www.wcu.edu/about-wcu/leadership/office-of-the-provost/program-prioritization/index.asp
University of West Florida: http://uwf.edu/academic/pp/
Doug Lederman, “The Pressure to Prioritize,” Inside Higher Ed, November 2010, http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/11/11/priorities.
Mike Nichols, “Provost Releases Academic Prioritization Results; 16 Percent of Programs Targeted for Elimination,” Central Michigan Life, October 2011, http://www.cm-life.com/2011/10/27/provost-office-releases-academic-prioritization-to-campus/.
Rosanna Tamburri, “Fiscal Realities Prompt Some Universities to Review All Programs,” October 2012, UA/University Affairs, http://www.universityaffairs.ca/fiscal-realities-prompt-some-universities-to-review-all-programs.aspx.
James Bradshaw, “No Department is Safe as Universities Employ U.S. Cost-Cutting Strategy,” The Globe and Mail, December 2012, http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/no-department-is-safe-as-universities-employ-us-cost-cutting-strategy/article6711261/.
Wayne Schamdeka, “Case Study of Accreditation Reaffirmation with Emphasis on Survival-Focused Prioritization for Program Assessment,” Journal of Case Studies in Accreditation & Assessment, Volume 2 (2012): 1-10. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed May 20, 2013).
Perry Schoon Aj Grube and Dan Grube, “Program Prioritization: Staying on Course Through the Storm,” Department Chair, Volume 23, no. 1 (2012): 23-25. Education Research Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed May 20, 2013).
“What Higher Ed Leaders are Saying about Program Prioritization,” Academic Impressions, http://www.academicimpressions.com/news/report-what-higher-ed-leaders-are-saying-about-program-prioritization.