Program prioritization is in essence a process of self-study and reflection designed to develop and inform our understanding of our academic programs and the resources that support them in order to make planned and systematic changes that enhance quality and effectiveness. The process examines the current status of educational offerings, assesses the future potential of those programs, and identifies opportunities for program alignment and reinvestment to strengthen the University. Program prioritization enables the University community to take control of its resources and direction, ensure quality, and chart its future. (Task Force Recommendations - February 2006)
By reducing the number of programs we give greater focus to our work, we strengthen academic quality, we create conditions to support academic excellence, and finally, we create conditions that will support the growth of new academic programs. (Provost Report to Board of Trustees-April 19, 2007)
Program Prioritization in conjunction with Distinctive Programs provides direction for investment and reallocation over time and enables us to better accomplish our mission.
During the 2006-08 and 2007-08 academic years, 48 programs were eliminated or suspended and 12 new programs were approved. In addition, many programs were revised, realigned, or integrated and eight departments and two colleges were reorganized.
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