Proposed Academic Program Offline Template Program Prioritization Fall 2015



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Proposed Academic Program Offline Template
Program Prioritization – Fall 2015





NIU Academic Program Write-up Template – Proposed Programs


The following offline template is available for use by department chairs, directors, and other program contacts involved in contributing to the proposed 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 six 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: Importance of the Program to the University Mission [23%]

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 and 1.2.

Add criterion 1 summary here, if desired.


Question: 1.1 Teaching and Learning -- Describe how the proposed program will contribute to the promotion of excellence and engagement in 1) teaching and learning, 2) research, scholarship, creativity and artistry, and 3) outreach and service.


Add response to Question 1.1 Teaching and Learning 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 Role in Program Portfolio – Explain how the proposed program will play an important role in the university’s program portfolio.


Add response to Question 1.2 Role in Program Portfolio 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: External Demand of the Program [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, and 2.3.

Add criterion 2 summary here, if desired.


Question: 2.1 Career/Society Demand – Within the context of local, state, and national trends (e.g., employer demand for the program, characteristics of prospective and enrolled students, appropriate levels of credentials, etc.), explain the need for the proposed program.


Add response to Question 2.1 Career/Society Demand 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 Demand -- Describe student demand for the proposed program (consider currently enrolled and potentially new students.)


Add response to Question 2.2 Student Demand 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 Unmet Demand – Describe the degree to which the demand for the proposed program is being met by peer institutions or competing institutions and elaborate on enrollment trends at such institutions.


Add response to Question 2.3 Unmet Demand 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: Internal Demand for the Program [21%]



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.

Add criterion 3 summary here, if desired.


Question: 3.1 Trends for Majors – Discuss potential enrollment trends for the proposed program.


Add response to Question 3.1 Trends for Majors 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.

Criterion 4: Program’s Contribution to Diversity [8%]



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, and 4.3.

Add criterion 4 summary here, if desired.


Question: 4.1 Student Diversity – Discuss and describe how recruitment and retention efforts by the proposed program will impact student diversity.


Add response to Question 4.1 Student Diversity 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 Faculty Diversity – Discuss and describe how recruitment and retention efforts by the proposed program will impact faculty diversity.


Add response to Question 4.2 Faculty Diversity 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: 4.3 Diversity Actions -- Describe how the proposed program will address the issues of inclusion and diversity through curriculum, research, and service.


Add response to Question 4.3 Diversity Actions 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

Criterion 5: Financial Efficiency [16%]



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 Peer Comparisons – Describe the proposed program’s resource needs as compared with peer institutions. Use national benchmarking data where available.


Add response to Question 5.1 Peer Comparisons 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 Fundraising Revenue – Discuss opportunities that will be pursued by the proposed program to increase its development revenue.


Add response to Question 5.2 Fundraising Revenue 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 Costs and Revenues – Discuss the projected program costs (direct/indirect), and revenues for the proposed program.


Add response to Question 5.3 Costs and Revenues 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.

Criterion 6: Program Potential [16%]



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 and 6.2.

Add criterion 6 summary here, if desired.


Question: 6.1 Improved Effectiveness – Discuss what existing (shared resource opportunities within other programs or units, collaborative opportunities etc.) and/or other potential interdisciplinary opportunities are being leveraged for enhancing the effectiveness of the proposed program.


Add response to Question 6.1 Improved Effectiveness 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: 6.2 Disciplinary Efforts -- Describe what actions will be necessary to make the proposed program exemplary in the discipline.


Add response to Question 6.2 Disciplinary Efforts 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.













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