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Prioritization Process

Objective and Consistent Criteria

Program prioritization allows for evaluation of programs based upon a common set of criteria.  The Academic Program Prioritization Council (APPC) developed the standardized criteria for PBSC based on best practices in higher education and in accordance with Dickeson’s (2010) program prioritization model.  

  • Same process/methodology used to evaluate all programs
  • Determining which criteria and measures should be incorporated into a prioritization model is one of the first steps in the prioritization process.
  • Transparency in communication and reporting
  • All programs receive pertinent information of analysis 

 

TEN CRITERIA USED FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAM PRIORITIZATION

1.  History, development, and expectations

2. External demand

3. Internal demand

4. Quality of program inputs and processes

5. Quality of program outcomes

6. Size, scope, and productivity

7. Revenue and other resources generated by the program

8. Costs and other expenses

9. Impact, justification, and overall essentiality of the program

10. Opportunity analysis


Guiding Principles

PBSC Academic Program Prioritization process will

  • be fair, transparent, and objective
  • rely on data
  • be an integral part of the college’s strategic planning
  • involve broad participation from faculty and administrators
  • treat all programs equally, and
  • serve to meet the educational needs of our students and community now and in the immediate future

Process and Timeline

 

 

   Step 1

   •  Council Convened

   •  Planning & Development

   •  Data Gathering

 


October 2020 – March 2021

 

 

   Step 2

   •  Program Reporting


March 2021 – April 2021 

 

 

   Step 3

   •  Evaluation

   •  Recommendation

 


May 2021- July 2021 

 

 

   Step 4

   •  Institutional Decisions and       
       Implementation


November 2021 - Ongoing 

 

Prioritization Recommendations 

Based on the information each program provides, the APPC will make recommendations for placing academic programs at PBSC into one of five categories:

  • Priority for Enhancement
  • Consider for Enhancement
  • Sustain
  • Transform
  • Further Review

 

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