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Southeast Missouri State University has historically followed a process for program review. As a part of this process programs have been reviewed by the Academic Program Review Committee though a cyclical procedure at least every five years. In light of the fact that numerous changes have occurred in the recent past, and some programs have not been reviewed for close to the five-year timeline of the cyclic review process, Provost Godard has initiated a noncyclical review due to current academic conditions and budget constraints. The noncyclical academic program prioritization will take a wholistic look at all undergraduate and graduate programs and options, as well as certificates and minors.
Programs were provided the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) data in the fall of 2019 That data includes majors, degrees awarded, credit hour generated, faculty positions, and additional information at the department level. Departments were notified during the spring 2020 semester of the noncyclical review and additional information was provided to the Chairs and Deans including data on options, two-year and four-year percentage changes in headcount and degrees awarded as well as cost/revenue data for courses and labor market statistics for each program.
Program prioritization will differ from the cyclical review process. The review will not require programs, chairs, or faculty to develop lengthy reports and will utilize the data provided to the programs. Programs, options, minors, and certificates will be evaluated based on a series of institutional metrics related to productivity, success of students, costs and revenues, and alignment with institutional priorities. Within the dataset, programs will be coded based on their strength in some of these key metrics. Programs highlighted in red will have identified concerns, yellow – cautionary concerns that need to be addressed, and green – implying that the program has minimal indicators of concern based on these metrics and needs to continue implementing continuous improvement/strategic growth plans.
The program prioritization process will examine ALL programs, options, minors, and certificates and consider all of these when looking at potential efficiencies and needs. With that said, the process will initially focus on those identified with the highest concerns and those with cautionary concerns. Department chairs and faculty will be asked to prepare for each program, option, minor, and certificate identified with high concerns one of three recommendations. Those three outcomes are: